spring 2021
FYS-3024 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and free-movers.

The course will only be taught if there is a sufficient number of students. Are you interested in following the course, please contact the student advisor as soon as possible.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree in physics or similar education, including specialization in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level.

Course overlap

FYS-8024 Biomedical Instrumentation and Imaging 8 stp

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 Image Analysis

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 competence - 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: 45 hours 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. F - fail.

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. New ordinary examination (section 25):

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

Coursework requirements: Access to the final examination requires submission of project assignment.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-3024