MS in Bioimaging

The Master of Science in Bioimaging is designed to full a rapidly growing need for individuals who possess advanced and broad knowledge of the imaging methodologies used in medicine and medical research. Graduates of this program qualify for positions in the health care and biomedical instrumentation industries, academia, and in a wide variety of private and government research centers.

The program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of graduate coursework. It is designed so that is can be completed in a little as one calendar year (September through August) or as many as five years, depending upon the needs and desires of the individual student. Many of the courses are given in the late afternoon or early evening hours to accommodate students who are working. In addition, many of the courses also allow students to attend lectures remotely via Internet conferencing software in order to accommodate students who have difficulty accessing campus.

The Bioimaging program’s mission is to prepare students to practice as professionals in the diverse aspects of biomedical imaging and its implications on the health and medical services delivery systems. Bioimaging is an evolving field: currently, students graduating with a Master of Science in Bioimaging are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the fundamental scientific and technological concepts at the foundations of currently known medical imaging modalities. Presently, this includes the medical imaging modalities based on the following radiation experiments: a) x-ray transmission (projectional XR and tomographic CT), b) g-ray emission (SPECT and PET), c) radiowave resonant absorption (MRI), and d) ultrasound reflection (US imaging).
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the safety and ethical issues associated with exposing biological systems to the radiations and fields used for imaging.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in recognizing biomedical images. Specifically, when presented with a medical image, MBI graduates will be able to identify the imaging modality used for its generation, identify the body part that it represents, the imaging plane it represents, and assess the quality of the image according to objective scientific measures.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking the scientific language of medical imaging. This interdisciplinary language is at the interfaces between physics, basic mathematics and computer science, and medicine (basic anatomy and pathology).
  5. Demonstrate ability to conduct scientific research in an advanced sub-field of medical imaging as evidenced by the successful completion of a research thesis (Research track) and/or demonstrate ability to perform independently clinical MR imaging examinations with patients (Clinical track).

Program Highlights

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of imaging, from theory underlying pulse sequencing and image acquisition to post-acquisition processing of images.
  • Training opportunities are available on a wide range of imaging modalities such as CT, PET, SPECT, 1.5T, 3.0T, 4.7& and 11.7T MRI scanners.
  • Courses are taught using a combination of lecture and laboratory formats.
  • Students can choose from two pathways to complete the degree:
    • The Clinical Path provides students with the didactic and ethics course requirements necessary to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies (ARRT) advanced certification exam. This certification allows an individual to enter the bioimaging field as a Registered MRI Technologist.
    • The Research Path provides students with a research-based focus, culminating in a thesis project that prepares the individual for entry into the broader fields of academia and industry.

Curriculum

Clinical Path

Fall Semester

  • Bioimaging Foundations (4 cr)
  • Resonance: Principles, Methods and Applications (4 cr)
  • Radiation, Protection, Safety, and Ethics (2 cr)
  • Statistical Analysis of Neuroimaging Data (2 cr)
  • Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals (2 cr)
  • Thesis Practicum and Design (2 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Bioimaging Theory & Image Processing (4 cr)
  • Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain (2 cr)
  • Clinical & MR Pathophysiology (4 cr)
  • Clinical Internship (4 cr)

Summer 1 Semester

  • Clinical Internship (4 cr)

Summer 2 Semester

  • Bioimaging Practicum (2 cr)

Research Path

Fall Semester

  • Bioimaging Foundations (4 cr)
  • Magnetic Resonance: Principles, Methods, and Applications (4 cr)
  • Radiation, Protection, Safety, and Ethics (2 cr)
  • Statistical Analysis of Neuroimaging Data (2 cr)
  • Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals (2 cr)
  • Thesis and Practicum Design (2 cr)

Spring Semester

  • Bioimaging Theory & Image Processing (4 cr)
  • Methods of Functional Imaging of the Brain (2 cr)
  • Special Topics in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Professional Skills in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Directed Studies in Bioimaging (2 cr)
  • Thesis Research (2 cr)

Summer 1 Semester

  • Thesis Research (2 cr)
  • Directed Studies in Bioimaging (2 cr)

Summer 2 Semester

  • Thesis Research (2 cr)