FYS9761 – CT- and X-ray Diagnostic Techniques

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Course content

An introduction to x-ray based equipment used for medical diagnostics at hospitals; common x-ray photography, screening and intervension, and computed tomography (CT). Particular emphasis will be put on methods for measurements, calculations and validations of radiation doses and digital picture analyses. The course will provide the necessary knowledge to working as a medical physicist within the field of x-ray diagnostics according to Norwegian legislation on Radiation and Radiation protection dated Oct. 29, 2010.

Learning outcome

The following competence should be achieved:

  • Know the principles for the construction and operation of x-ray based radiological equipment and CT.
  • Being able to explain basic principled for imaging and image reconstruction techniques of x-ray based equipment and CT.
  • Know the different diagnostic applications for the instruments and techniques in common usage.
  • Know the basic principles for optimization of exposures with respect to radiation doses and image quality
  • To be able to perform quality validation of x-ray based diagnostic equipment and CT, and discuss result by way of a written report.


Recommended previous knowledge


The course extends over a period of 4 weeks with altogether about 20 hours of lectures and two laboratory exercises (compulsory). Two extensive lab / projectreports should be submitted (compulsory). Time will be reserved for colloquia and problem solving exercises.



Final oral exam. Letter grading (A – F, F is fail). Lab attendance must be acknowledged and the submitted lab report must have been ‘accepted’ before the candidate will be admitted to the oral exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

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Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)