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Medical Imaging MEDI
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Location: FMC ST 1105
Program number: 403.944.4336
Email address: i3t@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: ucalgary.ca/i3t

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

A Graduate Specialization in Medical Imaging is offered in conjunction with the following graduate programs:

  • Biomedical Engineering,
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering,
  • Medical Sciences,
  • Neurosciences,
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology

The specialization is offered at the MSc and PhD level.

2. Admission Requirements

Admission into a graduate program that offers the Graduate Specialization in Medical Imaging and submission and approval of a written request to join the Specialization. Specialization admission forms are available at ucalgary.ca/i3t. Program is open to both Canadian and international students.

3. Application Deadline

Not applicable. Students must first apply to a graduate program offering the specialization. See ucalgary.ca/i3t for a current listing of graduate programs offering the Graduate Specialization in Medical Imaging.

4. Advanced Credit

Credit may be granted for appropriate courses to count towards the specialization with approval of the Graduate Specialization in Medical Imaging.

Students Currently Enrolled in Participating Graduate Programs

Have completed (or are completing) at least one graduate-level course in medical imaging and plan to complete at least one more graduate course. Typically, these courses would consist of the core and one of the foundational courses. Upon request, an approved Medical Imaging elective course may be accepted to meet the foundational course requirement.

  • Be attending the Advanced Imaging Seminar Series, and as part of their request for admission into the Graduate Specialization have given (or are scheduled to give) an appropriate presentation in this series.
  • Undertake a Medical Imaging-related research thesis under the supervision of a Specialization-participating graduate supervisor, and
  • Enrolment in the specialization would also need to be approved by their Graduate Program.
5. Program/Course Requirements

The Specialization requirements will consist of completion of:

  1. at least two graduate-level courses in medical imaging for MSc and three medical imaging courses for PhD (as described below),
  2. the Professional Skills Workshop Program,
  3. a Medical Imaging-related research thesis, and
  4. attendance and annual presentation in the Advanced Imaging Seminar Series (ucalgary.ca/i3t/AISS).

In addition, participation in an International or Industrial Exchange of approximately two to four months in duration, by PhD trainees will be strongly encouraged.

The Specialization requires completion of a course sequence in Medical Imaging, in addition to requirements of the specific graduate program. MSc students must take a minimum of two graduate courses (the core and a foundational course). PhD students take at least three graduate courses (including the core, a foundational and an elective course). PhD students previously completing the MSc Specialization in Medical Imaging will be required to complete one elective course in Medical Imaging. PhD students may elect to take the second foundational course as an elective course. These requirements are in addition to the core requirements of a specific participating graduate program. In most programs, the medical imaging graduate courses would count towards graduate program elective courses. In some graduate programs, participation in the Specialization may require students to take an additional graduate course or courses.

Students in the Medical Imaging Specialization should choose between the Technology and Application Streams. The Technology Stream would typically include students enrolled in engineering or physics graduate programs. Application Stream would typically include students in the biological, psychological or medical sciences.

Core required course (MSc and PhD students):

Select one of the following two foundational graduate courses (MSc and PhD students):

  • Medical Science 689.10 - Medical Imaging Theory (for students in the Technology Stream)
  • Medical Science 689.11 - Medical Imaging Applications and Analysis (for students in the Application Stream)

In consultation with your supervisor and supervisory committee (if appropriate), please select at least one elective course from the following list (PhD students):

6. Additional Requirements

Satisfactory completion of all graduate program and specialization requirements is required for awarding of the “Specialization in Medical Imaging” designation.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit (in the Specialization) will not be given for 500-level courses.

8. Time Limit

As per graduate program requirements.

9. Supervisory Assignments

As per graduate program requirements.

10. Required Examinations

As per graduate program requirements.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Research proposal must be on a Medical Imaging topic and fit into a research area broadly defined by the Specialization (see ucalgary.ca/i3t):

  1. Image Acquisition and Reconstruction - Development of algorithms suitable for accurate imaging using existing technologies (e.g., MR, CT) and emerging methods (e.g., microwaves).
  2. Signal Processing for Information Synthesis - Development of robust strategies for the assessment of brain and other organ function via advanced signal processing.
  3. Quantitative Imaging and Analysis - Development of software engineering approaches, validation and testing for the creation of resilient methods for quantitative imaging.

A copy of the proposal must be provided to the Specialization office. Other requirements are as per the graduate program requirements. Typically this proposal is to be provided within 12 months of starting the program.

In programs that do not require submission of a research proposal, a suitable proposal should be developed by the student within 12 months of starting the specialization, approved by the supervisor and supervisory committee (where appropriate), and submitted to the Specialization office.

12. Financial Assistance

As per graduate program requirements. Additional funding may be available through the Specialization or other University sources for well-qualified students.