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FSH3212 Photon Counting Systems in Medicine 12.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSH3212 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course content is chosen together with the examiner from the following, or related fields, based on the book "Semiconductor Detector Systems" by Helmuth Spieler, and scientific publications. Among the contents may be especially mentioned

  • Integrated electronics for photon-counting
  • Detectors for photon-counting
  • Photon counting for contrast imaging
  • Energy weighing methods to maximize information content
  • Definition of quantum efficiency for photon-counting system

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be proficient in terms of properties of imaging systems in medicine using photon-counting detectors. In particular one must be able to explain, theoretically and in practice, the limitations and possibilities of these systems when using different radiation sources and contrast liquids, and how to utilize the energy information to improve the specificity of the images.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MSc in Engineering Physics, or similar.

Recommended prerequisites

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"Semiconductor Detector Systems" by Helmuth Spieler combined with scientific publications.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Assignment, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written report combined with an oral presentation.

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

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Physics