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Introduction to Medical Imaging

Introduction to Medical Imaging

Radiography was the first medical imaging technology, made possible when the physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays on November 8, 1895.


  • Master the fundamentals of medical imaging systems
  • List common uses of x-ray, CT, MRI ultrasound, and photoacoustic imaging
  • Know the primary advantages and disadvantages of each method
  • Understand the comparative costs
  • Look at any medical image and determine if it was created using one methods covered in class
  • Excel in academic, medical, and/or clinical programs requiring this basic knowledge
Introduction to Medical Imaging is both a beginner's guide and an expert's cheat sheet to the history, science, math, and economics of medical imaging systems. The course will cover common imaging methods used in hospitals today -- i.e., x-ray, CT, MRI, and ultrasound -- as well as discuss emerging techniques, such as photoacoustic imaging. The basic principles, instrumentation, and applications of each imaging modality will be presented with interactive lectures and comprehensive quizzes from an enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor. Assignments will test theoretical knowledge and demonstrate practical applications. The course will take approximately 5 hours to complete. Upon completion, you will command respect from your healthcare provider as a knowledgeable patron of medical imaging procedures.

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