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Diagnostic Radiology Physics with MATLAB®
A Problem-Solving Approach

ISBN 9780367642624
Published May 30, 2022 by CRC Press
292 Pages 10 Color & 64 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Imaging modalities in radiology produce ever-increasing amounts of data which need to be displayed, optimized, analyzed and archived: a "big data" as well as an "image processing" problem. Computer programming skills are rarely emphasized during the education and training of medical physicists, meaning that many individuals enter the workplace without the ability to efficiently solve many real-world clinical problems.

This book provides a foundation for the teaching and learning of programming for medical physicists and other professions in the field of Radiology and offers valuable content for novices and more experienced readers alike.

It focuses on providing readers with practical skills on how to implement MATLAB® as an everyday tool, rather than on solving academic and abstract physics problems. Further, it recognizes that MATLAB is only one tool in a medical physicist’s toolkit and shows how it can be used as the "glue" to integrate other software and processes together. Yet, with great power comes great responsibility. The pitfalls to deploying your own software in a clinical environment are also clearly explained. This book is an ideal companion for all medical physicists and medical professionals looking to learn how to utilize MATLAB in their work.


  • Encompasses a wide range of medical physics applications in diagnostic and interventional radiology
  • Advances the skill of the reader by taking them through real-world practical examples and solutions with access to an online resource of example code
  • The diverse examples of varying difficulty make the book suitable for readers from a variety of backgrounds and with different levels of programming experience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Role of Programming in Healthcare
Johan Helmenkamp, Gavin Poludniowski, and Robert Bujila
Chapter 2. MATLAB Fundamentals
Javier Gazzarri and Cindy Solomon
Chapter 3. Data Sources in Medical Imaging
Jonas Andersson, Gavin Poludniowski, Robert Bujila, and Josef Lundman
Chapter 4. Importing, Manipulating, and Displaying DICOM Data in MATLAB
Piyush Khopkar, Josef Lundman, and Viju Ravichandran
Chapter 5. Creating Automated Workflows with MATLAB
Johan Helmenkamp and Sven Månsson
Chapter 6. Integration With Other Programming Languages and Environments
Gavin Poludniowski and Matt Whitaker
Chapter 7. Good Programming Practices
Yanlu Wang and Piyush Khopkar
Chapter 8. Sharing Software
Yanlu Wang and Piyush Khopkar
Chapter 9. Regulatory Considerations When Deploying Your Software in a Clinical Environment
Philip S. Cosgriff and Johan Åtting
Chapter 10. Applying Good Software Development Processes in Practice
Tanya Kairn
Chapter 11. Automating Quality Control Tests and Evaluating ATCM in Computed Tomography
Patrik Nowik
Chapter 12. Parsing and Analyzing Radiation Dose Structured Reports
Robert Bujila
Chapter 13. Method of Determining Patient Size Surrogates using CT Images
Christiane Sarah Burton 
Chapter 14. Reconstructing the Exposure Geometry in X-ray Angiography and Interventional Radiology
Artur Omar
Chapter 15. Simulation of Anatomical Structure in Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Using Perlin Noise
Magnus Dustler
Chapter 16. xrTk: a MATLAB Toolkit for X-ray Physics Calculations
Tomi F. Nano and Ian A. Cunningham
Chapter 17. Automating Daily QC for an MRI Scanner
Sven Månsson
Chapter 18. Image Processing at Scale by Containerizing MATLAB
James D'Arcy, Simon J Doran, and Matthew Orton
Chapter 19. Estimation of Arterial Wall Movements
Magnus Cinthio, John Albinsson, Tobias Erlöv, Tomas Jansson, and Åsa Rydén Ahlgren
Chapter 20. Importation and Visualisation of Ultrasound Data
Tobias Erlöv, Tomas Jansson, and Magnus Cinthio

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Johan Helmenkamp, M.Sc. Johan obtained his Master’s degree in Medical Radiation Physics at Lund University (Sweden) in 2010. Johan is a practising medical physics expert in Radiology at the Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden) and teaches undergraduate medical physics students, radiology residents and radiographers in topics such as imaging physics and technology, image processing and radiation safety. Johan has chaired a course committee for a national programming course aimed at improving the programming skills of fellow medical physicists and finds MATLAB programming a necessity both as a teaching tool but also for his everyday physics practice in the clinic, where there is a high demand for accurate and well-presented data for decision making.

Robert Bujila, Ph.D. Robert earned his Master’s degree in Medical Radiation Physics at Stockholm University (Sweden) in 2010. After receiving his Master’s degree in Medical Physics, Robert worked at the Karolinska University Hospital between 2010 and 2019 with a focus on Computed Tomography. While working as a clinical Medical Physicist, Robert received his PhD in Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a project related to the optimization of image quality and radiation dose in CT. From the beginning of Robert's career, he has been involved in many projects that require programming where MATLAB has been an essential tool. As such, Robert understands the potential that good programming skills can provide and has been an advocate for the increased utilization of programming to forward the Medical Physics profession. During the course of editing this book, Robert has moved on from the Karolinska University Hospital to take an active role in the development of Computed Tomography systems in the private sector.

Gavin Poludniowski, Ph.D. Gavin Poludniowski graduated with a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2003. He gained his Master's degree in Medical Physics the next year from the University of Leeds, before completing the Basic Clinical Training scheme at the Regional Medical Physics Department in the North East of England. After research stints at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the University of Surrey, he moved to Sweden, where he is currently employed at the Karolinska University Hospital. Gavin has had a varied career, but for a long time a strong focus has been on research in medical imaging. His software such as "SpekCalc" and "SpekPy" have proved popular and have been used in many hospitals and research institutions around the world. He first used MATLAB before "Y2K" and still makes use of it in his work today. Gavin has also contributed previously to a book published by CRC Press (Handbook of X-ray Imaging: Physics and Technology edited by Paolo Russo).