Introduction to Medical Imaging
What you'll learn
- 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
- A basic math and science background would be helpful.
- Familiarity with introductory physics, chemistry, trigonometry, and algebra would make some elements of this course more enjoyable. However, no experience with one or more of these subjects should not be a deterrent.
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.
Who this course is for:
- This course provides a general overview for students not familiar with medical imaging, as well as students who need a refresher.
- Pre-Medical Students
- Medical Students
- Nursing Students
- Grad Students embarking upon imaging research
- Undergraduates thinking about joining an imaging lab
- High School Students (advanced) desiring to connect basic math and science courses to real-world applications
- Healthcare Professionals who want to appear knowledgeable to their patients
- Engineering Professionals and Technicians seeking a general overview of medical imaging systems
- None of the above, but you or someone you know previously had or will have an ultrasound, x-ray, CT, or MRI, and you have a genuine interest in learning what happens to the human body during one or more of these procedures
- Note: This course is not for you if you are an expert in medical imaging, seeking to learn novel imaging theories and/or obtain an exhaustive list of current and potential clinical applications.
Dr. Bell is an accomplished researcher and engineer with degrees and training from world class institutions. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University (Durham, NC, USA) and her B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA), where she minored in Biomedical Engineering. In addition, Dr. Bell conducted research abroad as an Academic Visitor at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton, Surrey, UK).
Dr. Bell has published over 39 scientific journal articles and conference papers and has 8 years of experience presenting her work at national and international meetings, sharing her findings with novice and experienced colleagues alike. These presentations have led to invited speaking engagements at multiple universities across the globe, as well as guest lectures and teaching positions to develop new courses at her current institution, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA), where she currently resides as a research fellow. She is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships that fund and support her work.
Dr. Bell has a passion for disseminating knowledge to her students and enjoys seeing the proverbial light bulb illuminate in the minds of others. She takes pleasure in being the source of these "Aha!" moments. Her areas of interest, research, and expertise include medical imaging, ultrasound, photoacoustics, medical device design, medical robotics, technology development, and novel image processing methods, for which she has multiple patents pending.