The advent of neuroimaging over the last 40 years has revolutionised clinical practice and had a huge impact on research in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neurology, neuroscience and beyond. Clinical neuroimaging systems are mirrored by smaller scale pre-clinical systems allowing the same techniques to be applied in both fields. Students will start the module learning about the range of neuroimaging acquisition and analysis techniques available and the basic concepts of neuroimaging, building on the neuroimaging lectures in the fundamental module, A3. The wide range of neuroimaging modalities will be covered including X-ray computerised tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Single Photon Emission Tomography (SPET), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).
Image processing and analysis has been key to the establishment of neuroimaging techniques for research and clinical purposes and students will be taught about the classical and cutting edge techniques that are used to explore and evaluate both structure and function. Finally the application of neuroimaging techniques to a wide range of neurological and psychiatric conditions will be considered using a common framework to guide the student as to both the clinical and research applications of neuroimaging within the field of neuroscience. Students participating in the module will also have tailored preparation for neuroimaging MSc projects.
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