(Ref# 3829) ESB CIS 4930-001 Medical Imaging Systems Fall 1996


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Time: 11:00 to 12:15 pm, Monday and Wednesday (Fall 1996)

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Enroll in This Course

  • 10. Make yourself marketable to the ever growing medical instrumentation and imaging industry.
  • 9. The last decade has seen an burgeoning of medical imaging technology and now you will not be blind to it.
  • 8. Next time you or your relative go to the radiologist, you will know how they do what they do.
  • 7. You will know how to picture your blood flow without drawing blood.
  • 6. You will know how to create a slice of your brain without cracking your skull.
  • 5. What is that magnet doing around the head?
  • 4. PECT imaging does not involve a wood pecker.
  • 3. MRI is not an file name extension.
  • 2. CAT scans does not always involve a cat.

  • and (drumrolls) number one reason why should enroll in this course
  • It will be a fun course and you get three credits for it!


  • Recent years have seen a tremendrous growth in the medical imaging industry. Almost any medical diagnosis involves some form of medical imaging be it CAT, MRI, Ultrasound, or Angiograms. Gone are the dark ages when one had to rip apart a human body to look inside. Now we can create real time 3D images of the pumping heart, real time images of the blood flow, and look into your brain while it is thinking! Integral part of these imaging procedures is the computer processing that goes along with it.

    There is a huge market for medical imaging technology and its associated computer processing. All major companies such as General Electric and Hewlett Packard have medical imaging divisons. As a computer science and engineering graduate, you need to have some background knowledge of the medical imaging technologies to be able to develop related software be it a 3D brain visualization software or an automated tumor detection software in mammograms. This course will make you marketable to this medical imaging segment of the computing market.

    o The course will emphasize the qualitative aspects of medical imaging rather than the quantitative. It will be designed for computer scientist and not radiologists. We will discuss the what each imaging modality does, how they work, and why they work. We will make ourselves aware of the limitations of each method and investigate the state of the art.
    o Prerequities: Junior preferably senior standing.
    o There will be two examinations (50%) and one group progamming project (50%).
    o Topics that will be covered: X-ray based imaging, CAT scans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (2D, 3D and motion), Ultrasound Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and PECT imaging.

    Related Links


    Medical Imaging resources
    About Computed Tomography
    PET Imaging
    3D Viewing Software
    3D Viewing Software
    3D reconstruction

    You will be distributed lecture notes and other reading materials. The following is a list of suggested textbooks; you need not buy them. They will be available in the reserve section of the library.
  • A. Macovski, Medical Imaging Systems, Prentice Hall
  • Mazziotta, J. and Gilman, S., Eds., Clinical Brain Imaging: Principles and Applications, 1992


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    If you have any questions or comments, send email to Professor Sudeep Sarkar (sarkar@cs.csee.usf.edu)