• Offered by John Curtin School of Medical Research
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Areas of interest Medical Science, Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Biomedical Science

This course introduces the broad concepts of biomedical imaging across a range of modalities. It provides a foundation towards the understanding of how modern biomedical imaging technologies generate multi-dimensional data for analysis and diagnosis. Key technologies covered include: XRay, CT, MRI, FMRI, Ultrasound, light microscopy, and medical imaging processing. Application of the biomedical images used to interpret biological process and diagnostics disease will also be discussed in small groups. Hands-on practical laboratory visits to cutting edge advanced bioimaging systems will be available to reinforce the lecture material, and quantitative imaging processing in the context of basic research and clinical settings will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate the operation and function of different biomedical imaging instruments on molecules, cells and organs.
  2. Describe the principles of advanced biomedical imaging concepts and their application in health sciences.
  3. Analyse the limitation of each biomedical imaging modalities and also how they complement each other for molecular, cellular and organ-level systems.
  4. Apply advanced image processing to quantify biomedical images and critique the factors that contribute to analysis.
  5. Understand and analyse major biomedical imaging modalities used in health sciences and outline their therapeutic aims.
  6. Evaluate the research methods and outcomes from selected scientific publications related to the course curriculum.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial Quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Presentation (25) [LO 1,2,6]
  3. Report (25) [LO 1,2,6]
  4. Final Exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour of lectures per week, 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week throughout the session plus 1 practical session, total to 45 hours.

• Approximately 85 hours of group work/data analysis and self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations, group work reports and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 72 units of study, which must include either BIOL1004 or ENGN2217 or ENGN2218. Incompatible with MEDN6820 and ENGN3820.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Completion of BIOL1004 provides sufficent background knowledge for enrolment in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8167 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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