DCT-253 - CT Physics and Instrumentation

2 credits

Computed tomography systems and operations will be explored with full coverage of radiographic tube configuration, collimator design and function, detector types, characteristics and functions and the CT computer and array processor. CT image processing and display will be examined from data acquisition through post processing and archiving and patient factors related to other elements affecting image quality will be explained, as well as artifact production and reduction and image communication.

Content is designed to impart an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in computed tomography. Physics topics covered include x-radiation in forming the CT image, CT beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characteristics and Hounsfield numbers application. Data acquisition and manipulation techniques, image reconstruction algorithms will be explained.