Module Description

Module: Medical Imaging Systems


Medical Imaging SystemsLecture4Summer Semester

Module Responsibility:

Dr. Michael Grass

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:


Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

Students can:

  • Describe the system configuration and components of the main clinical imaging systems;
  • Explain how the system components and the overall system of the imaging systems function;
  • Explain and apply the physical processes that make imaging possible and use with the fundamental physical equations; 
  • Name and describe the physical effects required to generate image contrasts; 
  • Explain how spatial and temporal resolution can be influenced and how to characterize the images generated;
  • Explain which image reconstruction methods are used to generate images;

Describe and explain the main clinical uses of the different systems.


Students are able to: 

  • Explain the physical processes of images and assign to the systems the basic mathematical or physical equations required;
    • Calculate the parameters of imaging systems using the mathematical or physical equations;
    • Determine the influence of different system components on the spatial and temporal resolution of imaging systems;
    • Explain the importance of different imaging systems for a number of clinical applications;

Select a suitable imaging system for an application.

Personal Competence

Social Competence



Students can:

  • Understand which physical effects are used in medical imaging;
  • Decide independently for which clinical issue a measuring system can be used.

ECTS-Credit Points Module:



Written exam

Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 124, Study Time in Lecture: 56

Course: Medical Imaging Systems (Lecture)


Michael Grass, Tim Nielsen, Frank Michael Weber, Sven Prevrhal




Summer Semester


Primary book:

1. P. Suetens, "Fundamentals of Medical Imaging", Cambridge Press

Secondary books:

- A. Webb, "Introduction to Biomedical Imaging", IEEE Press 2003.

- W.R. Hendee and E.R. Ritenour, "Medical Imaging Physics", Wiley-Liss, New York, 2002.

- H. Morneburg (Edt), "Bildgebende Systeme für die medizinische Diagnostik", Erlangen: Siemens Publicis MCD Verlag, 1995.

- O. Dössel, "Bildgebende Verfahren in der Medizin", Springer Verlag Berlin, 2000.

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