New postgraduate course in medical image computing at UCL
30 April 2007
University College London's (UCL) Centre for Medical
Image Computing (CMIC) has launched a master's degree in medical image
computing, with the first student intake in September 2007.
The MSc is structured to support full-time students and those currently
in employment, equipping them to participate effectively in a research,
industrial or healthcare environment. The course provides a rigorous
background in medical image acquisition coupled with state-of-the-art
medical image analysis for diagnosis and therapy.
The UK is a global hotbed for medical imaging, and UCL is particularly
well placed to play a key role in the development of this industry. The
University will soon be home to The Medical Research Council's National
Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).
A number of MSc Medical Image Computing students will also have the
chance to complete projects with external organizations, for example IXICO,
a 'spin-out' company co-founded by members of CMIC. IXICO works with several
of the world's largest pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare
companies, and currently employs a number of CMIC PhD and post doctorate
Course leader, Dr David Atkinson, believes UCL's MSc Medical
Image Computing offers the opportunity to work in one of the UK's most
innovative and exciting industries. He comments: "This course will allow
students to build on existing skills in an area with real potential to
positively impact on people's lives. The applications of medical imaging are
wide ranging and include enhancements in surgical techniques, radiotherapy,
prosthetics and pharmaceutical development.
"The considerable cost of bringing drugs to market, usually measured in
billions of pounds, is one factor driving the rising demand for medical
imaging skills. New techniques allow pharmaceutical companies to assess the
therapeutic benefits of drugs prior to changes in observable symptoms,
achieving significant cost savings."
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