The Biomedical Imaging research profile contributes to regular bachelor and master programmes in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Technology in the form of a half minor “Biomedical Imaging” and “Imaging in major diseases”. In addition, we coordinate / contribute to several domain specific courses on imaging physics, image analysis, microscopy and molecular imaging within the Medical Delta curricula, and in specialized educational sessions of international conferences.
Half Minor Biomedical Imaging
Third year medical students take half minor courses that reflect the research profile of the LUMC. One of these half minors relate to Biomedical Imaging. Imaging technologies are indispensable for the diagnosis and treatment of most disease processes. Radiology is the medical specialty that exploits imaging techniques for diagnostic purposes and for image-guided treatment. A wide array of diagnostic imaging modalities is available, including X-ray, ultrasound, computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine (e.g. PET) and interventional radiology. Students will be exposed to the principles to these techniques and how these techniques are used in the clinical environment and in the biomedical research arena.
Light and electron microscopy is extensively used to study biological structure at the cellular, subcellular and molecular level. Imaging Mass Spectrometry is a technology for molecular mapping of tissue sections. This technique combines the biochemical information provided by present-day mass spectrometry with the spatial distribution of a microscope.
Another application of molecular imaging is “image guided surgery”, a technique to better visualize disease in real time by use of fluorescent probes during surgical operations. Students will be taught the physical principles underlying imaging technologies in order to understand why a specific technique may be the appropriate choice to diagnose a disease.
During the half-minor students will visit the departments of Radiology, Pathology and Surgery to observe clinical applications of imaging and will have hands-on experience with ultrasound, image guided navigation and microscopy methods. Students will be trained in formulating a radiological request for a patient case, and in writing an essay (editorial, or mini-review paper). The half minor is concluded by debates on the role of biomedical imaging between leaders of the main LUMC research areas and the student group.
Due to the technology-intensive nature of biomedical imaging research, strong ties exist with other imaging research and education within the Medical Delta Imaging Institute in the context of the Medical Delta collaboration framework. This involves active participation in education programs across the Medical Delta universities, as well as exchange of PhD students. We are also involved in shaping the medical imaging teaching curriculum in the novel bachelor “clinical technology” that started in September 2014.
The biomedical imaging research profile area provides ample opportunities for technical, life-science and medical PhD students in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. We also host many PhD students with PhD scholarships. For more information on the LUMC PhD program, please see our Graduate School.