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Computer Aided Medical Procedures

Module IN2021

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Informatics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

IN2021 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Imaging in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module IN2021 is concerned with topics such as:
- Overview
++ Computer aided medical procedures
++ History of radiology and surgical procedures
- Medical Imaging Modalities
++ X-ray
++ Computed tomography
++ Angiography
++ Magnetic resonance imaging
++ Ultrasound
++ Positron emission tomography
++ Optical imaging
- Computer Aided Systems for Diagnosis, Treatment, Surgery, and Follow-up
++ Image segmentation
++ Rigid and deformable image registration
++ Tracking systems
++ Visualization and augmented reality

These topics are augmented by invited talks of clinical or industrial experts.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the module participants are able to understand and assess fundamental physical principles of medical imaging techniques as well as the fundamentals of algorithms for medical image processing and computer aided surgery.
Moreover, participants are able to identify problems in the area of diagnosis and therapy as well as to develop corresponding solution strategies based on the methods covered in the areas image processing, navigation and visualization.


Bachelor in informatics or another scientific or technological course of studies

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture, tutorial, problems for individual study. Guest lectures will be held by experts from local hospitals and med-tech companies to ensure that the covered topics are relevant for clinical practice. The assignments are provided on a weekly basis via the teaching portal. They are discussed in the next tutorial class, and a solution is presented. Work on the assignments and participation in the tutorial class are voluntary. They serve as a means for students to deepen and test their acquired knowledge – as a self-monitoring aid to prepare for the written exam.


Slide show, blackboard


Terry M. Peters, Kevin Cleary: Image-Guided Interventions: Technology and Applications. Springer, 1st edition 2008
Terry M. Peters: Image-guided surgery: From X-rays to Virtual Reality. Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin, 4(1):27-57, 2000

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Type of Assessment: exam

The exam takes the form of a written test. The duration is 90 minutes and no material is allowed (closed book). Questions allow to assess whether the student is able to understand fundamentals, differences and application areas of medical imaging modalities as well as methods for medical image processing and computer aided surgery. Small case studies assess whether the student is able to select an appropriate imaging modality or algorithm for a given application.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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