Imaging science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the generation, collection, duplication, analysis, modification, and visualization of [[image]]s.ref As an evolving field it includes research and researchers from [[physics]], [[mathematics]], [[electrical engineering]], [[computer vision]], [[computer science]], and [[perceptual psychology]]. The [[...|Royal Photographic Society]] offers an Imaging Scientist Qualification.ref== Imaging chain ==
The foundation of imaging science as a discipline is the "imaging chain" – a conceptual model describing all of the factors which must be considered when developing a system for creating visual renderings (images). In general, the links of the imaging chain include:
1. The human visual system. Designers must also consider the processes which take place in human beings as they make sense of information received through the visual system.
2. The subject of the image. When developing an imaging system, designers must consider the observables associated with the subjects which will be imaged. These observables generally take the form of emitted or reflected energy, such as [[electromagnetic energy]] or [[mechanical energy]].