BME 137 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (2016-2017)

BME 137 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging

(Required for BME.)
Catalog Data:

BME 137 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (Credit Units: 4) Introduction to imaging modalities widely used in medicine and biology, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine (PET and SPET), ultrasonic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), optical tomography, imaging contrast, imaging processing, and complementary nature of the imaging modalities. Prerequisite: BME130, EECS50, or EECS150. Biomedical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471237662.

Recommended Textbook:

Cho, Z., Foundations of Medical Imaging, John Wiley & Sons, 1993, ISBN# 978-0-471-54573-6 Handouts

Zhongping Chen
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Identify and describe in qualitative terms the principles of x-ray generation, x-ray-tissue interaction, and x-ray imaging

2. Describe the principles of Computed Tomography (CT) and the 2D/3D image reconstruction methods involved

3. Describe in qualitative terms the principles of ultrasound, PET, SPECT and MRI imaging

4. Identify and describe image contrast, image resolution, and signal-to noise ratio involved in biomedical imaging

5. Identify and describe the complementary nature of various imaging techniques

Prerequisites by Topic

Introductory physics, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations.

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to imaging
  • X-ray and computed tomography (CT)
  • Nuclear medicine (PET and SPECT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Optical tomography
  • Image contrast and image processing
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

MATLAB may be required to perform imaging reconstruction problems in homework.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes towards the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Students will be given a set of pathological conditions and asked to identify the appropriate imaging modality that has the best chance to diagnose the pathological condition. Factors to be considered include spatial resolution, contrast, signal-to-noise ratio, contrast-to-noise ratio, and costs. (20%) Lectures will cover the fundamental principles of various imaging modalities, including image contrast, resolution, and signal-to-noise ratio. (80%)

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Weekly homework problems 50%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Final exam 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 1, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr