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AN3503: BIOLOGICAL IMAGING (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • Biomedical imaging is a key method in clinical and research settings and has developed tremendously over the past decade; This course teaches principles of microscopical, PET, MRI, ultrasound and CT imaging, and explains how and when these techniques are used; 
  • Practical sessions will deepen your understanding and shadowing a researcher in their lab will provide invaluable insights into the use of imaging methods in scientific research;
  • Elements of the course develop graduate attributes, such as writing for different audiences, including in a journalistic style, presentation skills and group work; 
  • The course is taught jointly by clinicians, basic scientists and technologists.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Derek Scott

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Course Description

  • Historical overview of biological imaging techniques
  • Light and electron microscopy including specialist, preparative techniques
  • Confocal miscroscopy
  • Image analysis
  • Radiological techniques including ultrasound, MRI, CT and associated specialist preparative techniques
  • PET
  • The application of imaging techniques in cell and organ culture

Further Information & Notes

Restricted to BScBMS Anatomy students.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports, 1 problem solving and oral presentation exercise.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen.


- Practical reports will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Written comments will be provided on laboratory reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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