Electrical Engineering 145B — Medical Imaging Signals and Systems (4 Units)

Course Overview


Biomedical imaging is a clinically important application of engineering, applied mathematics, physics, and medicine. In this course, we apply linear systems theory and basic physics to analyze X-ray imaging, computerized tomography, nuclear medicine, and MRI. We cover the basic physics and instrumentation that characterizes medical image as an ideal perfect-resolution image blurred by an impulse response. This material could prepare the student for a career in designing new medical imaging systems that reliably detect small tumors or infarcts.


EE120. Although the course catalog indicates EECS16AB as the necessary prerequisites, the necessary foundations are not covered until EE120.

Topics Covered


Two midterms and a final presentation, weekly homeworks.

Course Work

3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion, one medium-length problem set per week.

Time Commitment

Choosing the Course

When to take

Take after EE120.

What's next?

Graduate-level courses including EE225E. Can take other signal processing courses including EE123.

Usefulness for Research or Internships

Since it is a very specialized course, it is directly applicable to medical imaging research. Provides good foundations for imaging and tangentially optics-related research and internship roles.

Additional Comments/Tips

The course focuses more on big ideas than pencil and paper implementation. Going to office hours for homework help is almost always necessary.

Last edited: Summer 2020