Biomedical image processing (2021/2022)

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing students with the applied and theoretical basis for processing biomedical images and extract useful information from them to support the diagnosis process. At the end of the course, the student shall demonstrate that he/she can apply the material discussed in the lectures to solve effectively the most common issues that may happen throughout a typical analysis pipeline, from the acquisition of the raw images to the correct interpretation of the information extracted from them. In particular, at the end of the course the student shall demonstrate to be able to: -- understand the basic physics principles behind image acquisition and formation with the major imaging modalities (X-rays, CT, MRI, PET, US), as well as advantages, disadvantages and peculiarities of each modality; -- open, manipulate and correctly interpret the multidimensional data acquired with such modalities, which represent specific physical and biological features of the tissue/organ under exam; -- develop an analysis pipeline to extract useful information from such biomedical images and help the diagnostic process, applying at each step the most adequate processing choices for the specific data at hand. At the end of the course, the student shall demonstrate the ability to effectively interact with different collaborators having specific backgrounds typically required in a clinical study based on medical imaging, e.g. engineers, physicists, physicians etc. He/she will also have the required foundations to be able to elaborate further on any scientific, methodological and recent advances in the field beyond the content of the lectures to extend such basic techniques to diverse and more complex analysis scenarios.