5 ECTS / Semi-annual / English

Objectives and competences

Pedagogical Objectives:

  1. Train students in theoretical, practical, and professional experience aspects in imaging (with special attention to its medical and scientific use), including biological effects of radiation and protection methodologies.
  2. Provide detailed information on fundamental aspects of the application of various signals in clinical and scientific imaging.
  3. Increase the interest of the student on new techniques, present and future, through introductory and rational training on new methodologies under scientific and clinical development.

Expected Results:
Basic knowledge on IMAGES as representations of objects (either morphological or functional), as well as pragmatic notion about possible errors and solution methodologies for the acquisition, processing, and data analysis.
Critical perception of the potential for future professional specialization in the areas of IMAGIOLOGY, either medical/clinical or scientific.


Teaching Methodologies

Classes and theoretical practices with students’ permanent involvement.
Study visits to service providers directly related to Medical Imaging.



1. General principles.
1.1 IMAGE Concepts
1.2 Digital Image Processing and Matlab® applications.
1.3 Fundamental basics to understand the acquisition, processing, and data analysis.
1.4 Basics of statistics applied to signal processing.
1.5 SIGNAL concept and changes with propagation media.
1.6 General notions about pharmacology
1.7 Notions of radiopharmacology, Radiopharmacy, Nuclear Physics applied to Nuclear and Molecular Medicine

2. Instrumentation.
2.1 Electromagnetic waves
2.2 Probes
2.3 Gamma camera
2.4 PET Chamber
2.5 OPTICS Instruments
2.5 Classical radiology and computed tomography (CT)
2.6 Magnetic resonance imaging
2.7 Ultrasound
2.8 Infrared

3. Fundamental clinical applications in IMAGIOLOGY.

4. Biological effects and protection methods
4.1 Stochastic and non-stochastic effects
4.3 Acute effects, medium- and long-term effects
4.4 Variables to consider when protecting against ionizing radiation (Time, Distance and Shields (“shielding”) )


Assistant Professor
He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Porto and a MSc and BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança. He…