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Medizinische Fakultät Doktoratsprogramm Imaging Sciences in Medicine


Mandatory Modules

(10 ECTS required)

Nuclear Medicine: Multimodality, Cardiac Imaging and PET Imaging. 

During this course the PhD students will learn the principles of myocardial perfusion imaging and how to assess myocardial blood flow and viability. They will learn how Positron Emission tomography (PET) is applied for the diagnosis of different disease patterns such as oncology and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Forensic Medicine: Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy. 

During this course the PhD students will be introduced to forensic computed tomography (CT) and 3D scanning methods to detect and document forensic evidence. They will learn about post mortem 3D surface documentation, natural courses of death and intoxication, trauma, gunshot and thermal injuries, and they will get an introduction into forensic anthropology. Students will have the possibility to join the virtopsy advanced course including practical work that is part of the CAS in Forensic Imaging and Virtopsy.

Radiology, University Hospital Zurich: Arthrography and Abdominal Imaging.

During the arthrography course the PhD students will learn the principles of Magnetic resonance (MR)- and CT- arthrography of joints, including the use of imaging guidance and which contrast agents to use. They will learn which imaging modality will be used for which application. During the abdominal imaging course the PhD students will learn the basics of cross-sectional imaging of the abdomen, including inflammatory diseases, pelvic floor diseases, and gastrointestinal diseases.

Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital: Musculoskeletal Imaging, MRI of Joints.

During this course the PhD students will learn about the principles and applications of multimodal imaging for diagnosis and treatment of injuries of the musculoskeletal system. For visualizing the different components of the musculoskeletal system - bone, tendon, muscle, cartilage, ligament, connective tissue, joints, and nerves – specifically adjusted imaging methods are applied. Students will also deepen their knowledge by analyzing interactive cases.

Evolutionary Medicine: Paleoradiology

Paleoradiology and Paleopathology are two subdisciplines of Evolutionary Medicine that contribute immensely to our knowledge of the origins and evolution of human health and disease. However, specific methodological adaptations are required to account for the wide range of findings and alterations encountered when imaging ancient biological specimens and the circumstances that may arise in many cases from limited transportability, remote discovery sites, or the uniqueness of the specimens. After this module PhD students will understand the range of features characteristic of ancient human (and animal) remains and the respective underlying taphonomic processes to make sound paleopathological differential diagnoses. The course also addresses the translational potential of method developments in paleoradiological imaging.

Optional Modules

(2 ECTS required)

Nuclear Medicine: Radiation Protection

This module encompasses the topics radiation protection in medicine – dose and risks, dosimetry, dose optimization for imaging and radioactive incidents.

Forensic Medicine: Image Segmentation and Deep Learning 

For machine-learning supported analysis of computed tomography and magnetic resonance images the image data have to be segmented. Tools and procedures for image segmentation and techniques and applications of deep learning will be explained. 

Radiology, University Hospital Zurich: Sonography Course

The PhD students will be introduced to the technical basics of sonography and learn how to perform sonography of the abdomen and point of care ultrasound for specific pathologies of the abdomen and vessels.

Neuroradiology, University Hospital Zurich: Advanced Neuroimaging and MR Physics

This module includes presentations on advanced techniques in neuroimaging, and their application in selected diseases such as brain tumors, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, dementia and vascular disorders. 

Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital: MRI Physics and Specific Musculoskeletal Applications

The physics and technological aspects underlying magnetic resonance imaging will be explained and applications that are specific for musculoskeletal imaging will be demonstrated.

Radiology, Balgrist University Hospital: Scientific Writing

This module covers strategies and techniques for writing scientific manuscripts in medical research, with lectures and exercises.