spring 2020
FYS-8024 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging - 10 ECTS

Last changed 18.12.2019

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: February 1st
Application deadline for external applicants: December 1st. Application code 9303 in Søknadsweb.

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or three + two years (or equivalent) may be admitted. Only students with a background in physics, or another discipline which provides the student with the relevant knowledge, may be admitted. Students are expected to have skills equivalent to the prerequisites listed for the course.
PhD students are exempt from semester fee.
All external applicants have to attach a confirmation of their status as a PhD student from their home institution. Students who hold a Master of Science degree, but are not yet enrolled as a PhD-student have to attach a copy of their master's degree diploma. These students are also required to pay the semester fee.
More information regarding PhD courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology is found here.
The course will only be taught if there is a sufficient number of students.

Course content

The main purpose of this course is to present an overview of well-established biomedical imaging systems and their image interpretation. The course will examine various imaging modalities including X-Ray, ultrasound, nuclear, MRI, microwave, and optical techniques. Emphasis will be put on how these images are formed and various types of information that can be extracted, together with underlying physical and technical mechanisms for image generation. Specific imaging techniques presented in the course include medical ultrasound (ultrasonography), mammography, MRI functional imaging, IR thermography, CT, UWB EM radar, and passive microwave radiometry.

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-2008 Measurement techniques, FYS-2010 Digital image processing

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student will be able to:  

  • understand various principles for medical imaging and potential patient side effects of each modality
  • get an overview of the design and implementation stages of medical measurement systems
  • understand explicitly how images are formed through excitation and signal processing of the received waveforms

Skills - The student will be able to:

  • analyze and quantify the performance of medical measurement systems based on performance parameters
  • identify medical modalities and know which diagnostic cases they are typically used

General expertise - The student will be able to :

  • understand the physical principles used in modern medicine
  • understand technological applications based on different physical measurement principles

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 45hours

Project work and supervision: 30 hours


Portfolio assessment of a project assignment counting about 40 % and a final oral examination counting about 60 %.

All modules in the portfolio are assessed as a whole and one combined grade is given. Assessment scale:

Letter grades A-F.

Re-sit examination (section 22): There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course.

Postponed examination (sections 17 and 21): Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination for the module in question. Both postponed project assignment and postponed oral examination are arranged during the semester if possible, otherwise early in the following semester.

See indicated sections in Regulations for examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway for more information.


Course overlap

FYS-3024 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging 8 stp
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-8024