About the Master of Science in Bioimaging

The Master of Science in Bioimaging is a multidisciplinary program, developed by the Departments of Radiology and Anatomy and Neurobiology with contributions from the department of Physiology and Biophysics and is the first of its kind in the United States.

The goal of the program is to train professionals in all aspects of bioimaging from theory to practice. The field of bioimaging has become one of the major tools for the disciplines of clinical medicine and biomedical research. The acceleration of imaging technology has been remarkable, particularly in areas of MRI, CT, and PET. See what some of our students are doing to see what kind of career opportunities are available to graduates of the program.

In the world of health delivery, the term MRI has become commonplace and in fact has entered our everyday language as more and more individuals find themselves “going for an MRI” for a variety of symptomatologies related to almost every organ in the body. Among conditions now routinely detected by MRI are:

  • Disorders of the brain, including tumors
  • AV malformations
  • aneurisms
  • white matter lesions
  • strokes

Studies of cardiac function and integrity are also now routinely performed with MRI and CT. In fact, several centers are now becoming proactive in providing CT and MRI imaging to normal healthy individuals as a general screening device. MRI guided ultrasound has now been used to identify, target, and destroy circumscribed cancers in a many body organs such as liver.

With respect to research, imaging tools seem to be limitless in their application. Biomedical researchers are now viewing organs, tissue, and body cavities at a level of detail that approaches histologic quality. With fMRI, one can now visualize brain activity over a wide range of cognitive and behavioral functions. DTI provides our first glimpse into the neural connectivity of the human brain. Cardiac MR and MR angiography provides a powerful tool for the study of heart function in health and disease.

Needless to say, the demand for individuals who are skilled in the background, mechanics, operation, and interpretation of imaging techniques in a research or medical setting is growing at accelerated rates.