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HST 565
Medical Imaging Sciences and Applications

Term: Fall

Course Director(s): Georges El Fakhri
Time:
T/Th 4:30-6:00PM
Location:
MIT: 56-162
Course Website:
None
Prerequisite:
none
Restrictions:
Begins September 9
MIT Units:
3-0-9 (G-Level Credit )
Harvard Units:
N/A
Covers the biophysical, mathematical and instrumentation basics of positron emission tomography (PET), x-ray and computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission tomography (SPECT), Optical Imaging and Ultrasound. Topics include particles and photon interactions, nuclear counting statistics, gamma cameras, and computed tomography as it pertains to SPECT and PET (including PET-CT, PET-MR, and time-of-flight PET). Discusses the clinical applications of PET and MR in molecular imaging of the brain, the heart, and cancer. Includes a practical demonstration of SPECT and PET-CT imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Considers the ways in which these imaging techniques are rooted in physics, engineering, and mathematics as well as their respective role in anatomic and physiologic/molecular imaging.