Atiyah Yahya, Ph.D., FCCPM, P.Eng., FCOMP

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Oncology Dept


Associate Professor, Division of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Oncology Dept
(780) 989-4335
Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue
Edmonton AB
T6G 1Z2


Area of Study / Keywords

In-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) Lipid MRS Brain MRS Multinuclear MRS Metabolite quantification with MRS Spectral Editing



  • Ph.D. Medical Sciences- Biomedical Eng., and Electrical and Computer Eng., University of Alberta, 2006
  • B.Sc. Engineering Physics, University of Alberta, 1999


      Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM)

  • Fellow (FCCPM), 2016
  • Member, Diagnostic Radiological Physics, 2015
  • Certification, Physics of Mammography, 2013
  • Member, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics, 2008

      Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), 2018


  • Fellow of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (FCOMP), 2022


My field of research is in-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). I design in-vivo techniques for the measurement and improved quantification of metabolites and lipids. My work is conducted with the 3 T and 9.4 T MRI scanners housed at the Cross Cancer Institute.  

For a list of my publications please click here.


  • Oncol 556 (Laboratory in Imaging), course coordinator and instructor
  • Oncol 691 (Advanced Magnetic Resonance Physics), course coordinator and instructor
  • Oncol 690 (Biomedical Magnetic Resonance and Applications), course instructor
  • Oncol 568 (Physics of Diagnostic Radiology), instructor
  • Oncol 600 (Graduate Medical Physics Seminar), instructor


  • Director and instructor


ONCOL 568 - Physics of Diagnostic Radiology

Rigorous development of the physics of x-ray production, interaction and detection in diagnostic radiology, including mammography and ultrasound. In-depth analysis of analog and digital systems in radiography and fluoroscopy is given. The description and design of computed tomographic systems as well as the associated reconstruction algorithms from single to multislice helical systems are studied. Prerequisites: ONCOL 550, 562.

ONCOL 600B - Graduate Medical Physics Seminar

Weekly seminars given by faculty on topics of interest to the medical physics community that are not formally included with the other didactic courses. Includes medical statistics, anatomy/physiology for medical physics, site-specific cancer, experience in clinic, Monte Carlo simulation, Matlab, MR spectroscopy, finite element analysis, and image fusion. No prerequisite.

ONCOL 690 - Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Methods and Applications

Advanced course on modern magnetic resonance techniques including in-depth description of hardware; advanced imaging sequences and image reconstruction methods; methodologies for in-vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Prerequisite: BME 564 and consent of Instructor.

ONCOL 691 - Advanced Magnetic Resonance Physics

Guided lecture course with preparation and delivery of teaching lectures on a current topic of Magnetic Resonance research in conjunction with ONCOL 692 and 693 presentations. Prerequisite: ONCOL 690 and consent of Instructor.

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