Introduction to Biomedical Imaging Systems

By Prof. Arun K. Thittai   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1944
This course attempts to provide an introduction to the different commonly-used medical imaging systems. Although there are several courses and textbooks available from medical physics background, there are only few materials that treat the subject from a system’s perspective, which is the view point taken here. This course will be thought at a level where the students from different engineering branches may find it useful. After the initial introduction and review modules, the different modalities can be taken as a stand-alone-module, and for each the physics, instrumentation, reconstruction and Image quality will be discussed.

INTENDED AUDIENCE 7th-8th semester students from UG from Biomedical Engineering (BME) and other engineering programs (e.g., EE, ME, CSE, BT,etc.)

PRE-REQUISITES : Engineering students from most core branch will be ready to take it in 6th-8th semester as they would have completed signals and systems and linear algebra.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Most Medical imaging industry, MNC and otherwise, will recognize the value of this course
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Control and Instrumentation
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction, 2D- Signals Systems review, Image Quality metrics
Week 2:Introduction, 2D- Signals Systems review, Image Quality metrics
Week 3:Projection Radiography
Week 4:Projection Radiography
Week 5:X-ray CT
Week 6:Nuclear Medicine- PET/SPECT
Week 7:Nuclear Medicine- PET/SPECT
Week 8:Ultrasound Imaging
Week 9:Ultrasound Imaging
Week 10:MRI
Week 11:MRI
Week 12:MRI

Books and references

  1. Medical Imaging Signals and Systems by J. L. Prince and J. M. Links, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0130653535.
  2. Webb’s Physics of Medical Imaging, 2nd Edition, CRC press

Instructor bio

Prof. Arun K. Thittai

IIT Madras
Dr. Arun Kumar Thittai did his BE (Electronics and Communication Engineering) in India and proceeded to do MS and PhD (Electrical Engineering) in University of Houston, Texas, USA. He has been working in the area of biomedical imaging since 2004. Although his major research interest and work has been on ultrasound modality, he was involved and worked with collaborators to acquire MRI, PET, CT and Optical imaging of small animals for pre-clinical research during his post-doctoral fellowship stint at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA. He has been offering this course routinely at IIT M since 2015 to students from different engineering departments.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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