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Applied medical imaging, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Tillämpad medicinsk bildbehandling

This syllabus is valid: 2021-10-25 and until further notice

Course code: 5RA044

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Physics: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

Grading scale: Pass course only, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Physics

Established by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2020-11-19


The course deepens and broadens the students' knowledge and skills in medical physics / biomedical engineering by conducting a project in medical imaging at Umeå university hospital. The projects are related to needs from clinical work or research projects in medical imaging (ultrasound, MRI, PET, etc). The projects are conducted by a group of students and the results are presented in a written report and by an oral presentation at a clinical department.

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, students are able to:

Knowledge and understanding
  • Describe how the medical imaging system, related to the project, works.
  • Describe image and signal analysis methods to analyse/study physiological phenomena within the application of the project.
  • Describe basic concepts and terminology in medical imaging with relevance to the project.
Competence and skills
  • Demonstrate oral and written ability of presenting and discussing the results and conclusions of the project with persons not working in the project.
  • Demonstrate ability of mastering work in the project form.
Judgement and approach
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate and cooperate with the project members.
  • Reflect over and evaluate their contribution to the project.
  • Demonstrate ability to make relevant scientific judgements within the frame of the project.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify and take responsibility to gather further knowledge for the progression of the project and its conductance.

Required Knowledge

At least 120 credits completed from a three-year engineering degree at university level, or at least 120 credits in one of the main areas of Computer Science, Electronics, Physics, Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics, that should include 7,5 HP linear algebra (Linear Algebra, 5MA019), och 6 HP mathematical statistics  (Statistics for Engineering Physicists,5MS007), and 7,5 HP introductory programming (Introductory programming in C and Matlab, 5DV104), or equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. 

Form of instruction

The teaching form is project based, according to an established project model. A supervisor at the institution will support and help the students in their planning and work. The course is given in English if required by any participating student.

Examination modes

On the whole course the grades Fail (U) or  Pass (G) are set. To pass the course it requires that all examinations and obligatory tasks are approved. The grade is a summary assessment of the results of the examinations of the different parts, and is set after all mandatory elements are approved.

Students who received a passing grade on an examination may not retake the examination.

Students who do not pass the regular examination renewed examination in accordance with the Umeå University Regulations for tests and examinations at the undergraduate and graduate level (FS 1.1.2-553-14) could be arranged. The first re-test is offered not later than two months after the first examination. When the ordinary examination takes place in May or June, d a first retesting opportunity is given within three months after the first examination. In addition, at least another re-test within one year of regular examination is offered.

In cases where the exam can not be repeated under the current rules for retesting the exam should instead be replaced with another task. The scope and content of such task should not be disproportionate to the missed exam.

A student who has taken two examinations in a course or part of a course without passing, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless there are specific reasons against it (6 ch. 22, § HF). Requests for new examiners should be addressed to the head of the Department of Radiation Sciences.

Other regulations

In the event that the course expires or major changes are introduced, the students are assured at least three occasions of examination (including regular examination) as prescribed in the syllabus to the course that the student originally registered in over a period of a maximum of two years from the previous syllabus expired.


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