Development of educational image databases and e-books for medical physics training

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Medical physics education and training requires the use of extensive imaging material and specific explanations. These requirements provide an excellent background for application of e-Learning. The EU projects Consortia EMERALD and EMIT developed five volumes of such materials, now used in 65 countries. EMERALD developed e-Learning materials in three areas of medical physics (X-ray diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy). EMIT developed e-Learning materials in two further areas: ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging. This paper describes the development of these e-Learning materials (consisting of e-books and educational image databases). The e-books include tasks helping studying of various equipment and methods. The text of these PDF e-books is hyperlinked with respective images. The e-books are used through the readers' own Internet browser. Each Image Database (IDB) includes a browser, which displays hundreds of images of equipment, block diagrams and graphs, image quality examples, artefacts, etc. Both the e-books and IDB are engraved on five separate CD-ROMs. Demo of these materials can be taken from


  • S Tabakov
  • V C Roberts
  • B-A Jonsson
  • C A Lewis
  • Inger-Lena Lamm
  • F Milano
  • A Simmons
  • C Deane
  • D Goss
  • V Aitken
  • A Noel
  • J-Y Giraud
  • S Sherriff
  • P Smith
  • G Clarke
  • EMERALD plus EMIT Interational Consortia
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging


  • Medical physics training, e-Learning, Medical physics education, SoTL
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-598
JournalMedical Engineering & Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch