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Last modified: 18 Aug 2021 14:30

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to computing and information technology as applied to medical physics and medical imaging, including an introduction to medical image processing techniques. Hands-on learning is provided to build confidence with computer software. The course also covers basic concepts of analogue and digital electronics and their application in a clinical setting.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description


  • To introduce students to the applications of computing in a clinical context.
  • To develop knowledge and skills in basic data management and medical image processing.
  • To provide familiarity with standard data formats, networking and security in medicine.
  • To introduce legal and safety aspects of information management in medicine.
  • To introduce the principles of computer programming in a practical environment.
  • To introduce techniques used in clinical electronics and physiological measurement.

Image and Signal Processing: sampled data and the Fourier Transform; image processing techniques; image registration; image display characteristics.

Software, Networking and Communications: PACS, DICOM and image data exchange; operating systems, networking and security; software development and software lifecycle.

Legal and Safety Aspects: computing and software safety issues; information governance; data protection legislation.

Computer Usage: Hands-on instruction and basic usage of MATLAB and standard image processing applications.

Software Development / Programming: interactive instruction in the basic concepts of computer programming, using the MATLAB language and programming environment.

Electronics: electronics for physiological measurement; clinical applications.

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Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 19, 9 - 19

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Course Learning Outcomes

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