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||A large part of today´s understanding of cellular and molecular Biology is based on imaging methods. At the same time, they have become one of the most important diagnostic tools in modern medicine. In research, strong efforts are made to further develop the engineering approaches to gain new insights into the function of tissues and diseases.
"Introduction to Biological Imaging" is meant for advanced students of electrical engineering and serves as an introduction into the development and application of engineering methods for biological and medical imaging. The course focuses on the basic principles of image formation, the corresponding technological implementations and on the applications in modern research and healthcare.
Image processing and image rendering are related technologies which are however covered in other lectures of the department.
The course starts with a presentation of applications and benefits of imaging methods in biology and medicine. Structural, functional and molecular imaging is described and fundamental contrast mechanisms are presented. Basic mathematical and engineering principles of tomography and for the reconstruction of images are described. Important methods for in-vivo imaging of cells, animals and humans like conventional and laser scanning microscopy, x-ray CT, MRI, nuclear imaging and optical and photo-acoustic tomography are introduced as well as common hardware and transducer implementation. The lecture concludes with a summary of unifying principles and of the main areas of application. Throughout the course, theoretical labs and hand-on laboratory units on advanced photonic imaging methods are offered.