Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completing the course the student is able to:

  • analyze the applicability of the covered imaging methods in research and clinical imaging,
  • describe the instrumentation required for these methods,
  • explain the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of each method.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2022 - 12.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ilkka Nissilä, Lauri Parkkonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Responsible lecturers: Lauri Parkkonen (lauri dot parkkonen at aalto dot fi) and Ilkka Nissilä (ilkka dot nissila at aalto dot fi)

Course assistants: Salla Autti (salla dot autti at aalto dot fi) and Mikael Laine (mikael dot laine at aalto dot fi)

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course follows NBE-E4000 (Principles of biomedical imaging) and focuses on the applications of imaging methods used in clinical medicine and neuroscience, including digital radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, positron emission tomography, functional magnetic resonance imaging, near-infrared spectroscopic imaging, electro- and magnetoencephalography, and navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation. The basic principles of methods not covered by NBE-E4000 are given. Multimodal imaging is also discussed.

    Many of the lectures are given by guest lecturers that are experts in the application of each imaging method.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exam and exercises.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Contact teaching: Lectures: 10 x 2h = 20h
    • Contact teaching: Exercise contact sessions: 7 x 2h = 14h
    • Solving exercise problems: 7 x 6h = 42h
    • Independent study of the course material: 37h
    • Preparation for the exam: 10h
    • Exam: 3h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

  • applies in this implementation

    The course will at least start fully online (on Zoom). Both the lectures and the exercise sessions will be online and will share the same link.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    The detailed schedule will be on the MyCourses pages of the course, under Materials.