Medical Image Formation

Coursecode: bmb501717
Coursecoordinator: Wilbert Bartels
Credits: 5 EC
Lecturers: dr. Arnold Schilham, Bastiaan van Nierop, Wilbert Bartels, Roel Deckers, Ryanne Offenberg, Ryan Pollitt

Course description

In this course the physics behind the most important medical imaging modalities will be treated. After an introductory lecture, x-ray imaging (radiography, fluoroscopy, digital subtraction angiography, computed tomography), ultrasound, nuclear imaging techniques (SPECT & PET) and magnetic resonance imaging will be discussed. The increasing importance of medical imaging for guiding surgery and minimally invasive radiological interventions will be emphasized. During the course, representative problems will be handed out and discussed.

Learning goals

Upon completion of the course the student

  • knows the basic physics behind the most commonly used clinical imaging modalities
  • is able to optimize acquisition parameter settings for certain basic applications
  • knows the safety issues associated with the different imaging modalities
  • is able to recognize and explain the most common imaging artifacts related to the different modalities
  • knows the key areas of application of the different modalities

Literature/study material used

“The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging”, Authors: Bushberg, Boone, Leidholdt and Seibert; 3rd revised edition ISBN-10: 1451118104. Please note that the book is available as an e-book (download) on the website of Utrecht University Library.
“Basic principles of MR Imaging”, published by Philips Nederland

Examination: written exam at end of course

Date: 9 September 2024 – 5 November 2024; on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon


Please check the registration procedure for the enrollment deadlines. First year Medical Imaging students will be automatically registered upon entering the Master’s programme.

Other UU and TU/e partnership students can register for this course via Osiris Student.

Students from outside the UU or TU/E partnership can register for this course by sending an email to Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.


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