Learn to visualise and interpret the processes in human cells and bodies, in order to detect diseases and monitor health.
How can you detect diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s at an early stage? Are there friendlier, painless and more reliable ways to detect breast cancer? Within the specialisation in Imaging & In Vitro Diagnostics, you will develop new strategies and improve existing techniques for visualising the human body and detecting abnormalities in cells and tissues in order to detect diseases and monitor health. The focus is on generating medical images of the human body on the one hand (imaging), and on analysing bodily fluids and tissue samples outside of the human body on the other hand (in vitro diagnostics).
This specialisation familiarises you with the latest techniques and developments in the field of optics, optical microscopy, photoacoustics, ultrasound, radiation, (electro)magnetism as well as in vitro diagnostics, including lab-on-a-chip devices. You will not only gain an understanding of these techniques and apply them in medical contexts, but you will also aim to improve these techniques. You might for example focus on optimising the accuracy or efficiency of certain diagnostic techniques, or on reducing the impact on patients by imaging the body without the need for an operation or the injection of contrast fluid. Ultimately, you will enable physicians to offer their patients better treatment based on optimal evidence.
In developing and improving such imaging and in vitro techniques, there’s a great variety of topics you might come across. For example, how can you perform a CT scan with minimal (harmful) radiation? How can you accelerate the analysis of MRI scans to optimise population cancer screening? And what about detecting infectious diseases through self-tests instead of laboratory testing? You will learn to deal with relevant, real-life challenges that are of topical interest in today’s clinical practice. This specialisation is integrated within UT’s inspiring and innovative TechMed Centre, enabling you to work on high tech experiments within multidisciplinary teams.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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