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Radiography, Digital image handling 7.5 Credits

Radiografi, Digital bildhantering
First cycle, M0076H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Medical Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Other Subjects within Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and The course furthermore assumes the following completed courses: O0055H Fundamental Principles in Nursing O0047H Nursing: Health M0026H Medical Science: Anatomy and Physiology in position to Radiology M0050H Radiation Science and Radiological Modalities M0067H/M0050H Radiography Nursing Interventions in position radiography with Clinical Practice M0066HM0051H Radiography Nursing techniques in position radiography with Clinical Practice M0029H Medical Science: Microbiology, Infection Control and Infection Disease) M0070H/M0052H General Pharmacology, Contrast Agents and Pharmaceutical Calculation M0069H Radiography in-depth studies in anatomy, projectional radiography with applications M0028H Medical Science: Patophysiology in position to Radiology

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is for the student to be able to explain how a digital image is produced and stored and be able to describe simple image analysis operations. The aim of the course is to let the student achieve good knowledge in digital image processing. This means that the student should be able to:
  • describe how a digital image is represented in computer memory.
  • explain the concept pixel value
  • interpret the histogram of an image
  • describe how the resolution of an image affects the ability to distinguish details in the image
  • explain how colour depth of an image affects the ability to see details in the image
  • describe how filters are used to reduce noise in the image
  • describe the difference between different file formats used to store images
  • give examples of how three-dimensional images can be shown on a two-dimensional computer screen
  • know how image distortion can be corrected digitally
  • explain how images are archived in hospital environment
  • be familiar with different concepts and their synonyms in digital image processing.
Furthermore, the aim of the course is to let the student develop his/her ability to interact with others and to carry out supervising assignments. This means that the student should be able to:

  • formulate subject-related issues and reponses in writing
  • present recently acquired knowledge orally and in writing
  • give feedback on the work of others

Focus in the course lies on basic introduction of digital image processing, of significance for the exercise of the profession of the radiographer. The following parts are included:
  • General introduction, what is an image, how can one reproduce something that cannot be seen?
  • How is a digital image built-up (spatial resolution)?
  • How is it stored in the computer (quantisation levels)?
  • How is an image represented digitally (histogram)?
  • What is contrast (thresholding)?
  • Dynamics, fast and slow processes
  • Disturbances and noise
  • Edge information, definition of edges and sharp edges
  • Introduction to colour images
  • Introduction to image formats
  • Introduction to image processing - compression
  • 3D images
  • Distortion
  • DICOM and PACS

The course is given by distance learning and the literature should be read individually. Introductory lectures will be given via web-based tools. Each course module is completed with home assignments. Sessions on campus takes place during the course. On these occasions, either compulsory seminars or study visits are included. The course is completed with session on campus including critical review of the projects where different aspects of digital image processing should be reviewed either through a literature study or through the description of a practical individual work.

The content of course elements and its teaching methods specifically geared towards radiology nursing profession.

The course is examined through assignments, seminar / laboratory and a final presentation with critical review of a project (in groups or individually). These sections are compulsory. Alternative examination formats may be used.

This is a first-cycle course. The study guide will be available in the course room in Canvas. This course must be passed before you can be admitted to semester six, course M0063H. All examination parts must be finished at the latest in connection with the re-examination period in study period 4, i.e. the nearest previous study period.

Transition terms
The course corresponds to E0014E

Niklas Lehto

Transition terms
The course M0076H is equal to E0014E

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1
- Documents compiled by responsible teachers.

Aspelin, P. & Pettersson, H. (ed.) (2008). Radiologi. (1st ed.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Recommended alternatives for those that want to obtain more breadth:
Carlton, R.R. & Adler, A.M. (2013). Principles of radiographic imaging: an art and a science. (5th ed.) Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning. Svensk förening för medicinsk teknik och fysik (2006). Jacobsons Medicin och teknik. (5th [rev.] ed.) Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0004Assignment report4.0U G VG
0005Project work with seminar2.5U G VG
0006Laboration1.0U G#

Syllabus established
by 13 Feb 2014

Last revised
by 15 Feb 2016