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CM2020 Ionising Radiation Imaging 7.5 credits

The course focuses on the physics of medical imaging with ionising radiation, covering x-ray computed tomography, single photon emission imaging and positron emission imaging. In addition to the theory of the physical processes, detectors and sources for medical imaging will be presented. Consequences of the exposure of living tissues to ionising radiation are also treated during the course. Labora- tory exercises and projekt work are also part of the learning activities offered in the course to support and demonstrate the theory and to train student's experimental capabilities.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus CM2020 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

·       Basic nuclear physics and detection principles (only refresh)

  • Radiation detectors for monitoring and imaging
  • Detection and surveillance of radiation levels
  • X-ray physics
  • 2D x-ray radiography
  • 3D x-ray CT imaging
  • Gamma camera / SPECT - Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (physics, detector systems and imaging)
  • PET - Positron Emission Tomography (physics, detector systems and imaging)

Intended learning outcomes

Efter godkänd kurs ska studenten kunna:

1.      Describe and apply relevant physical processes to the detection of ionising radiation, the estimation of radiation dose and the design of imaging de- vices for x-ray Computed tomography (CT), Single Photon Emission (SPE) imaging and Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

2.      Describe the rationale of detector and scanner design as well as of data acquisition protocols in CT, SPE and PET and relate those to the outcome of the imaging procedure (i. .e dose and image quality).

3.      Describe, quantify and discuss common trade offs among image quality measures, dose, and various detector performances in medical imaging with ionising radiation.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Completed degree project 15 credits, 15 credits in mathematics, 15 credits in physics, 6 credits in programming, and 5 credits in electronics. English B/6

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory exercise, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Medical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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