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medical imaging and interventions 

This track belongs to the Master's programme Technical Medicine. The graduates from this programme, Technical Physicians, will have an innovative role in the field of technical-medical diagnosis and treatment. This can be as an advisor or co-therapist in a multidisciplinary patient-oriented treatment team. Improvements in patient care can be realized by integrating advanced technology in novel medical procedures. Both tracks in this programme are designed to educate new health care professionals working on the further development of the path from diagnosis to intervention.

The track ‘Medical Imaging and Interventions’ focuses on advanced imaging, localization techniques, minimal invasive technology, reconstruction of damaged tissues, medical robotics, computer-controlled interventions and biomaterials. The track provides the required technology background on all-important imaging techniques, including accurate recognition of healthy and pathological tissue. Mathematical models and tools for image processing are explained to allow accurate reconstruction and visualization of the treated organ sections. For the intervention a combination of technological approaches is made: robotics, navigation and laparoscopy are, for instance, combined with novel strategies for focal treatments, such as laser-, thermal- or cryo-ablation. An important perspective for an improved intervention is the use of engineered (bio) materials and artificial tissue, which may be prepared specifically for the individual patient in a separate tissue engineering laboratory. Safety issues are integrated in the curriculum in the course on radiation expertise, focusing on ionizing radiation in imaging and therapy. The safety aspects of magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound are addressed in the course on imaging technologies.

Technical master students who dedicate themselves to this track will gain unique knowledge on state-of-the-art medical imaging technologies. They will be able to manipulate data obtained by these technologies and implement them for surgical interventions and the improvement of minimally invasive procedures and biomedical implants.

The first year of the three-year programme consists of courses that offer technological deepening in a clinical context. Each semester is completed with two clinical skills courses, an optional course and a clinical case. Students can choose the optional course freely from all master courses offered by the university (or other universities).

During the clinical case, students can integrate the technological and technical-medical expertise they learn during the different courses. Cases are presented and (co-)assessed by clinicians and involve actual technical-medical problems that clinicians are currently faced with in clinical practice and where technology can assist in diagnosis or treatment.

First year courses 2017-2018

First quartile

Second quartile

Third quartile

Fourth quartile

Radiation Expertise (5 EC) and Imaging Techniques (5 EC)

Segmentation and Visualisation (5 EC)

Optional subject (5 EC)

Molecular Interaction for Imaging Technologies (5 EC)

Optional subject
(5 EC)

Clinical Biotechnology

(5 EC)

Surgical Navigation Technology 

(5 EC)

Injection, punctures & catheterizations (3EC)

Surgical skills 

(3 EC)

Advanced Life Support
(3 EC)

Endoscopic skills
(3 EC)

Case 1 (4 EC)

Case 2 (4 EC)

Click here for more detailed information on all courses of the first year. The second and third year consist of internships in the clinic, four 10-week internships in the second year and a full year Master's thesis and internship in the third year. Students will apply, deepen and integrate the acquired knowledge and expertise in a clinical context, including further training of various clinical skills.

Track coordinator: Prof. Dr. R.H. Geelkerken

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