HL1202 Medical Imaging Systems 9.0 credits

Medicinska bildgivande system

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

    Medical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 20 P3 (1.5 credits), P4 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Flemingsberg

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Teacher

    Matilda Larsson <matil@kth.se>

  • Part of programme

Intended learning outcomes

The course should give an overview and understanding of the different imaging modalities used in medical diagnostics and how they are used in the daily clinical practice.

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the physical processes behind magnetic resonance tomography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, emission- and transmission imaging and the different apparatus, detectors and instruments for each modality
  • Explain and give examples of how the modalities interact with biological tissue
  • Give examples of the clinical usage of the modalities
  • Account for the strengths and weaknesses of the modalities and how to improve the quality of the images
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of the modalities and their ability to image organs in the body, and for a specific case understand which modality that gives the best images

Course main content

  • Transmission imaging: X-ray, CT, interaction between ionizing radiation and matter, X-ray generation, image detection, image quality, dose, image reconstruction, detectors, medical diagnostics.
  • Nuclear medicine: Gamma camera, SPECT, PET, radionuclides, interaction, detectors, image processing, medical diagnostics
  • Magnetic resonance tomography: Physics, detector system, image processing, spectroscopy, medical diagnostics
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound physics, acoustic impedance, Doppler imaging, ultrasound transducers, medical diagnostics
  • Endoscopy: Physics, medical diagnostics


Completed upper secondary education including documented proficiency in Swedish corresponding to Swedish B and English corresponding to English A.

Anatomy and Physiology correspondig to HL1201. Physics corresponding  to SK1111  Electromagnetism and Waves and Modern Physics corresponding to SH1011. 


Physics for Diagnostic Radiology av Philip Palin Dendy, Brian Heaton, ISBN: 9781420083156


  • TENB - Examination, 9.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Compulsory participation in the web lectures

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems


Matilda Larsson, matilda.larsson@sth.kth.se


Massimiliano Colarieti Tosti <mct@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.