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Functional Imaging in Neuroscience

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Functional Imaging in Neuroscience
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Neural Engineering, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020
Module code: NE2112.FIN
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

NE2112.FIN Neural Engineering, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020 , optional course, medical/technical
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Michael Möller
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Michael Möller

[updated 30.03.2021]
Learning outcomes:
Students can assess the various properties of (functional) imaging modalities in neurology:
- Imaged function: hemodynamics, metabolism or neural activity
- Spatial and temporal resolution
- Reliability, precision and sensitivity to artifacts
- Cost and complexity, safety, possibility for multimodal imaging

[updated 25.04.2021]
Module content:
LECTURE (Prof. Möller, htwsaar)
- functional imaging in general
- functional imaging in neurology
Metabolism imaging using radioactive markers
- positron-emission tomography (PET)
- single-photon-emission computerized tomography (SPECT)
Hemodynamic imaging
- functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI),
  - introduction to the relevant properties and methods of MRI itself
  - blood-oxygen-level-dependend contrast (BOLD)
  - contrast-enhanced perfusion imaging
  - diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
- near-infrared spectroscopic imaging (NIRS)
Imaging of neural activity
- Magnetoencephalograpy (MEG)
- fluorescence imaging using voltage-sensitive dyes (VSD)
Multimodal imaging
CLINICAL DEMONSTRATION (Dr. Krick, Saarland University Medical Center, Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology)

[updated 27.04.2021]
Recommended or required reading:

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