Chemistry in Biomedical Imaging for Physicists

Module PH2226

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

PH2226 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.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2226 is Franz Pfeiffer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


1. Introduction to Biomedical Imaging
2. Introduction to the chemistry involved in the imaging modalities
3. Introduction to Contrast Agents – A Chemical View
4. Chemical Methodology for Labelling and Bioconjugation
5. Contrast agents for Computed Tomography (CT)
6. Nanoparticle-based contrast agents for CT
7. Contrast agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
8. Contrast agents for Positron Emission Tomography
9. Contrast agents for Microscopies
10. Organic molecules and proteins for microscopy imaging
11. Immunofluorescence Techniques
12. Multimodal imaging and Emerging Modalities and Techniques
13. Design and development of a new contrast agent for Biomedical Imaging
14. Paper discussion

Learning Outcome

After participation to the lectures, the student:
- will understand basic chemistry behind the contrast agents and will be able to recognise their necessary characteristics to produce signal in several bioimaging techniques;
- will be familiar with current chemical strategies for bioimaging for medical diagnostics
and for biomedical research;
- will be aware of the clinical and research applications of the imaging systems and will beable to use chemical imaging to address scientific challenges.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

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Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 25 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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