About the course
This MSc is the only programme in the UK entirely focused on cancer imaging. It has been purpose-built to meet a demand for expert researchers and clinicians. Medical imaging is central to the management of cancer and we designed this course to focus on this process, from basic physics to image analysis. It also aims to give a solid grounding in current concepts of cancer biology and therapy as they apply from ‘bench to bedside’.
Designed in close collaboration with a leading team of radiologists, medical physicists, oncologists and research specialists, the programme takes a theoretical and a practical approach. This ensures it provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills required in the field.
A key part of the programme is the study of real patient data. There are opportunities for project work in state-of-the-art clinical facilities for oncology imaging at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. You can also undertake preclinical research in the University's PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Research Centre. This is a new, cutting-edge facility that hosts the only research-dedicated cyclotron in the UK, along with extensive radiochemistry provision and preclinical PET-CT and SPECT-CT scanners.
What you'll study
Study the basic theory and practice of image analysis and interpretation as well as advanced research applications. Obtain a deep appreciation of the importance of image analysis as a discipline in the generation of scientific data that underpins patient management.
Gain an understanding of imaging theory, technology and application as it relates to clinical practice across modalities and explore the biology of cancer as manifested in the clinic, integrated with key physiological and pharmacological concepts.
The programme aims to give graduate students an understanding of imaging theory. Gain an overview of the current understanding of cancer and how this underlies the use of imaging in patient management and the assessment of cancer treatments.
The programme comprises a combination of lectures, state-of-the-art computer-based image analysis, practical work, and projects supported by 'problem classes', workshops and tutorials.
A 12-week cancer imaging research project, carried out in the laboratory of an internationally-recognised cancer imaging scientist or clinician, is a key part of the course.
Introduction to Cancer Imaging
This module introduces you to the physics that underlies each of the clinical imaging techniques used in the management of cancer patients. You'll also cover statistics, ethics and safety in the imaging clinic.
Imaging Modalities I
Gain an understanding of clinical imaging techniques that use ionising radiation (X-ray, Computed Tomography, Gamma Scintigraphy, SPECT & PET). You will learn both the theory behind their use and how they are used in the clinic to provide information to guide patient management.
Imaging Modalities II
During this module, you'll gain an understanding of clinical imaging techniques that use non-ionising radiation (MRI, Ultrasound). You will learn both the theory behind their use and how they are used in the clinic to provide information to guide patient management.
Explore how digital image analysis techniques are applied to medical images from the oncology clinic to provide information that informs patient management. You will develop a hands-on understanding of several techniques using Matlab.
Organ-Specific Cancers: Bench-to-Bedside
Biomedical Sciences Research Project
Take part in a specifically designed research project, and put into practice what you have learned during the taught modules, the research methods module and any workshops. This module will prepare you for your next career move, by giving you relevant experience of work in the lab.
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