Course Catalog » Course Listing for Biomedical Imaging

201  Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): P. Larson       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This introductory course aims to teach the basic principles behind magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It will cover the physical principles of magnetic resonance, image formation, and image reconstruction, MRI hardware, contrast generation, and common artifacts.

202  Physical Principles of CT, PET, and SPECT Imaging  (4 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): Y. Seo       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course is designed to build the basic knowledge base to understand the physical principles of x-ray computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Using examples of CT, PET, and SPECT used in everyday disease management, we will introduce theoretical foundations and practical applications for comprehensive understanding of these important noninvasive imaging techniques.

203  Imaging Probes for Nuclear and Optical Imaging  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): H. VanBrocklin       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 202

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course will cover all aspects of probe development for Optical, PET and SPECT imaging. The following topics will be highlighted: the fundamental principles of PET, SPECT and optical imaging, isotope production, chemistry of PET, SPECT and optical imaging agents, molecular imaging in cell and molecular biology and applications of molecular imaging in normal tissue and disease characterization as well as drug development.

204  Principles of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ultrasound  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): D. Saloner, V. Tognina       Prerequisite(s): Admission to the course is by permission of the instructor.

Restrictions: Registration in the Master's of Science in Biomedical Imaging program at UCSF or by permission of the instructor, generally to students with an undergraduate degree in the basic sciences or engineering.       Activities: Lecture

This course will introduce the physical principles of ultrasound and its interaction with tissue. Ultrasound hardware and imaging modes, including Doppler flow imaging, will be explored and demonstrated through real world examples. Therapeutic ultrasound will subsequently be introduced. Topics will include the effects of ultrasound and heating on tissue, acoustic modeling, bioheat transfer, treatment monitoring and feedback control.

205  Imaging Study Design  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): N. Hylton       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 201 Biomedical Imaging 202 Biomedical Imaging 260

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Project

This course will introduce principles of clinical study design as they apply to imaging studies for disease screening, diagnosis and treatment assessment. Topics will address statistical design, imaging methodologies, technology standardization and quality assessment, patient recruitment and coordination of clinical care, regulatory issues and cost factors. These considerations will be compared for studies using different imaging modalities and for application in different disease systems.

209  Imaging Laboratory - MR, CT, PET, & SPECT  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): Y. Seo, D. Xu       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

This laboratory course accompanies two core lecture courses BI 201 (Principles of MR Imaging) and BI 202 (Physical Principles of CT, PET, and SPECT Imaging) that are offered in the same quarter. Basic operational techniques of MR, CT, PET, and SPECT will be covered in this course. The data from the laboratory will be analyzed for the investigations of basic scanner performance parameters. Laboratory reports will be required.

211  MR Pulse Sequences  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): R. Krug       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 201; Basic Programming skills in C

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

This course will focus on the practical implementation of the basic MR principles acquired in Biomedical Imaging 201. During the course, a basic MR pulse sequence will be developed using the GE programming language EPIC. Every week, there will be one lecture with an introduction to a module and one session at the scanner implementing this module. At the end of the course, the participant should be familiar with all parts of the scanner and should be able to run and modify pulse sequences.

215  Supervised Research  (3 units)   Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 209

Restrictions: None       Activities: Independent Study

This independent study program is aimed at providing students in the Master's of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MBI) program an opportunity to perform research in an established imaging research laboratory. The course is offered in the final quarter of the MBI program and will allow students to apply imaging concepts in a practical setting. Students will work under the supervision of a faculty member and undertake independent research of a scope that can be achieved within 10 weeks.

220  Advanced Neurological Imaging  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Nelson       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Familiarity with the material in Biomedical Imaging 201       Activities: Lecture

This course on advanced Neurological imaging will introduce state of the art quantitative techniques used for diagnoses, clinical trials, and in neuroscience studies of the brain. The course will include structural and functional brain mapping techniques including morphometric analysis, diffusion MRI fiber tracking, functional MRI, perfusion MRI, MR relaxometry, and Magnetization Transfer Ratio, Diffusion Tensor, Phase and MR Spectroscopic Imaging.

230  Cardiovascular Imaging  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): D. Saloner       Prerequisite(s): none

Restrictions: none       Activities: Lecture

The course covers the use of the major imaging modalities employed to assess the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Limitations and capabilities of different modalities will be discussed. Imaging requirements for evaluating common diseases encountered clinically will be presented. The course will cover the underlying principles of each modality as they are relevant to cardiac and vascular imaging; elements of image acquisition; and data postprocessing.

240  Musculo-skeletal Imaging  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): G. Kazakia       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 201; Biomedical Imaging 202

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

The course will discuss advanced imaging concepts relevant to characterizing the musculo-skeletal system. The basic anatomy and physiology of the musculo-skeletal system will be reviewed. Basic knowledge of the technical aspects of imaging as taught in the core courses of the MS in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI) program will be assumed. Applications of imaging to musculo-skeletal diseases, assessment of normal function, to study the biomechanics of movement and tissue biochemistry will be discussed.

250  Abdominal and Pelvic Imaging  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): S. Noworolski       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Familiarity with the material in Biomedical Imaging 201       Activities: Lecture

This course will focus on imaging of abdominal and pelvic diseases and disorders. Particular challenges of imaging in the body will be covered along with methods to address them. The course will cover technical fundamentals such as MR spectroscopy of the body, dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging, and CT perfusion. Additionally, clinical applications will be presented and will include fatty liver disease, prostate cancer and other diseases and disorders of the abdomen and pelvis.

260  Image Processing and Analysis I  (2 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): D. Tosun-Turgut       Prerequisite(s): Mathematical background and computer programming experience is strongly recommended.

Restrictions: For Master's of Science in Biomedical Imaging students. Open to other students at the discretion of the course instructor and space permitting.       Activities: Lecture

This course covers basic digital image processing techniques used for the analysis of biomedical images. Topics include fourier transforms, spatial and frequency domain filtering, image segmentation and statistical methods used to analyze biomedical images. The course grade is based on homeworks, in-class quizzes, a final exam, and a project that requires students to demonstrate their understanding of image processing techniques using the Matlab programming environment.

265  Image Processing and Analysis II  (3 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): X. Li       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 260 or equivalent

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Laboratory

This course is a continuation of Biomedical Imaging 260 in the Fall Quarter (Image Processing and Analysis I) and features advanced image processing techniques that are commonly performed in the field of medical imaging including arithmetic and advanced morphology analysis, registration, quantitative mapping and MR spectroscopic processing. There will be one lecture and one lab session each week. Background theory will be introduced and hands on image processing will be performed.

270  Cancer Imaging  (3 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Evans       Prerequisite(s): Principles of MR Imaging (BI 201) Physical Principles of CT, PET and SPECT (BI 202) Imaging Probes for Nuclear and Optical Imaging (BI 203) Principles of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ultasound (BI 204)

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture

The course will build on the basics taught in the core imaging courses and address the application of imaging methods to inform on cancer. Biological aspects of the disease that lend themselves to anatomic, functional, metabolic and molecular imaging will be presented. The use of established and emerging approaches to image cancer in cell, tissue and animal models will be taught . Major cancer types and the imaging methods commonly used in the clinic will then be introduced by UCSF clinicians.

298  Thesis  (6 units)   Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Biomedical Imaging 215

Restrictions: Requires approval of thesis topic.       Activities: Independent Study

Students in the Master's of Science in Biomedical Imaging (MSBI)program will have the option to undertake a thesis project at the completion of their course work. This research project will be performed under the supervision of a faculty member and the thesis topic will require pre-approval.