Edinburgh Imaging

All our courses

We list here, the full range of courses offered by the Edinburgh Imaging Academy.

Anatomy (Body)

Online, distance education, teaching non-neural anatomy, focusing on the human cardiothoracic system, musculoskeletal system, abdomen & pelvis, enabling identification of key structures with multiple imaging modalities, plus relating anatomical knowledge to the impact of disease on adjacent structures & function.

Anatomy (Neuro)

Online, distance education, teaching the appearances with different imaging modalities of the brain's major lobes and fissures, ventricles & CSF, blood vessel supply, vascular territories, major internal connecting pathways, cranial nerve nuclei, and detailed gyral identification.

Applications in Disease Research

Online, distance education, teaching common disorders and how imaging techniques might be used in research, as well as clinically, to improve our understanding of those disorders as well as their treatments. Neuroimaging students explore neuro-diseases; Imaging students also cover other body systems.


Online, distance education, teaching fluid / flow biomechanics including lectures on biofluid dynamics, mechanics of solids, normal circulation plus ageing & diseased arteries. Blood & blood flow, mechanotransduction, plus simulation & modelling examples allow more in-depth exploration of fluid / flow biomechanics.

Cardiovascular Imaging

Online, distance education, teaching practical chest / thoracic imaging, including techniques best for evaluating chest anatomy, and best for investigating major chest diseases: lungs & heart are the main focus. Research / experimental imaging of cardiac function and the vasculature are also covered, reflecting activity at the Edinburgh Imaging Facilities.

Clinical Applications

Online, distance education, teaching clinical use of imaging techniques & modalities, describing how best to select a technique to investigate a specific clinical problem, what the advantages & disadvantages of various approaches are, covering also basic strategies & pitfalls in selected clinical contexts.

Common Image Processing Techniques 1

Online, distance education, teaching common image evaluation techniques, ranging from qualitative & quantitative whole brain / sub-regional brain volume assessment, simple & complex lesion size evaluation, plus region of interest measurements to assess tissue parameters acquired by MR imaging.

Common Image Processing Techniques 2

Online, distance education, teaching more complex aspects of image analysis including DWI & perfusion imaging basic quantification, tractography, registration techniques, voxel based analysis, image segmentation (including image fusion techniques), as well as retinal image analysis.

Functional Imaging

Online, distance education, teaching functional imaging relating to the brain, covering functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electro- & magneto-encephalography (EEG & MEG). We cover experimental design, pre-processing, data analysis, statistical inferences, ASL, VBM / VBA & some neurophysiology.

Hybrid Radionuclide Imaging - MR-PET

Online, distance education focusing on theoretical teaching in MR-PET - a hybrid radionuclide imaging technique.

Image Analysis

Online, distance education, teaching image analysis / processing & targeted more for those who anticipate a computing / IT career trajectory. We focus in great detail on computing basics, sampling and quantisation; visual effects which influence perception; mathematical transformations, modelling and validation.

Image Interpretation & Evaluation

Online, distance education, teaching systematic review of images in the clinical context, to assess for both normal and abnormal findings, using radiography, CT, US, MRI, SPECT & PET. We also include guidance on how such findings bear relevance to imaging in the clinical context.

Imaging for Scientists

Online, distance education, providing an overview of imaging history, modalities (MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Light Microscopy, PET & SPECT), plus image analysis, processing & manipulation. For University of Edinburgh enrolled graduate students only who are using imaging techniques in their research & more information.

IOFB Review

Online, distance education for MR trained radiographers, designed to enable radiographers to establish a programme & protocols for radiographer review of orbital radiographs for metallic intra-orbital foreign bodies (IOFB), as well as to develop competency in the identification of metallic intra-orbital foreign bodies (IOFB) on orbital radiographs. Society of Radiographers accredited.

Light Microscopy

Online, distance education, teaching basics plus some advanced techniques of optics, light & fluoresence microscopy, confocal microscopy, CCD camera technology, sample optimization & handling, image formation & data handling. We re-enforce taught materials with practical activities.

Practicalities & Safety

Online, distance education, teaching about the potential hazards of imaging techniques to operators or individuals being scanned, plus rules & regulations. We also address ethical considerations, good clinical practice principles, data protection & consent.

Practical Image Analysis 1

Online, distance education,focusing on the introduction to the use & applications of MATLAB & toolboxes specific to image analysis & processing.

Practical Image Analysis 2

Online, distance education,focusing on advanced use & applications of MATLAB & toolboxes specific to image analysis & processing.

Preclinical Imaging

Online, distance education, teaching practical preclinical imaging, covering legislation & ethics, practical considerations, plus modalities such as CT, MR, PET and ultrasound. We also explore the zebrafish & experimental imaging.

Practical work & assessment

The final / MSc level course in our programmes, requires less structured & more independent study over two semesters, including a project, whereby students explore an aspect of neuroimaging, imaging, veterinary imaging, image analysis / processing, etc., culminating in a final, graded submission.


Online, distance education, teaching statistics basics for imaging research datasets, including assessment of diagnostic test accuracy, inter-observer reliability, & repeated measures. We also cover design, conduct & analysis of systematic reviews of imaging studies.

Study Design

Online, distance education, teaching observational study design, imaging as a surrogate outcome in treatment trials, including response to treatment, & distinguishing between associations & causality. We also cover research question & hypothesis refinement, blinding, randomisation, sample size estimates & feasibility.

Techniques and Physics

Online, distance education, teaching theory & principles underlying basic and advanced imaging techniques, including plain radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, & light microscopy. We also review contrast agents, explore what an image is, plus basic processing & manipulation.

Translational Imaging & Clinical Trials

Online, distance education, teaching about translating imaging from lab to human trials & clinical practice. We cover imaging used as a biomarker or surrogate outcome measure, & we address issues problems arising from differences in anatomy, MR scanner field strengths, & disease models.