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Free Online Course on Introduction to Biomedical Imaging

University of Queensland (UQ), Australia is offering free online course on Introduction to Biomedical Imaging. This course includes modules specially designed for the general public, whilst also providing some advanced modules which could contribute to professional development in health, engineering, and IT industries.

In this 12 week course, applicants will discover how medical imaging technologies are complementary and what information they provide to health professionals.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 12 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours pw
Subject: Biology and Life Science
Institution: University of Queensland (UQ), Australia and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world’s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 and a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities. UQ is recognized for its world standard specialized research and teaching excellence; having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other in the country.

About This Course

Imaging technologies form a significant component of the health budgets of all developed economies, and most people need advanced imaging such as MRIs, X-Rays and CT Scans (or CAT Scans) during their life. Many of us are aware of the misinformation sometimes offered in TV dramas, which either exaggerates the benefits or overemphasizes the risks

Why Take This Course?

This medical imaging course provides an introduction to biomedical imaging and modern imaging modalities. The course also covers the basic scientific principles behind each modality, and introduces some of the key applications, from neurological diseases to cancers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Why there is a need for different imaging modalities
  • The basic principles of each modality and the terminology used
  • The patient experience and why things happen during the imaging procedure
  • How to select the most suitable modality for a given clinical case
  • How to provide basic advice on imaging modalities to your peers

Additionally, in the ‘advanced’ sections in the course you’ll learn:

  • How an image is reconstructed/visualized OR
  • The principles of image post-processing


Graham Galloway

Group Leader for Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Centre for Advanced Imaging

The University of Queensland

David Reutens

Director, Centre for Advanced Imaging

Foundation Professor, Experimental Neurology

The University of Queensland

Ian Brereton

Director, Research, and Technology, Centre for Advanced Imaging

The University of Queensland

Gail Durbridge

Senior Research Radiographer, Centre for Advanced Imaging

Program Coordinator for the Magnetic Resonance Technology

The University of Queensland

Karine Mardon

Facility Fellow for the preclinical PET/CT

The University of Queensland

Karine Mardon

Facility Fellow for the preclinical PET/CT

The University of Queensland

Andrew Janke

Facility Fellow for Informatics

The University of Queensland

Rajiv Bhalla

Head of PET and SPECT radiochemistry programs

The University of Queensland


High school level in scientific fields such as biology and a desire to learn are highly recommended. For the advanced section of the course, first tertiary year of applied mathematics or computer science specialized in modeling is recommended.

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