University College London (UCL) is introducing a postgraduate course to train biomedical technology professionals.
The medical image computing MSc will provide full- or part-time students with the skills and experience to enter what is a rapidly developing area of healthcare IT, said course director David Atkinson.
Computer assisted medical imaging, in the form or ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET), is increasingly used in pharmaceutical research.
Computer aided diagnosis can also help specialist practitioners to fine tune therapies and perform more precise keyhole surgical procedures.
"The images we store tend to be quite big," said Atkinson. "Some of our parallel computing systems have to push at the limits to perform complex graphical computations."
Students will study anatomy and physics in addition to medical computing and statistics, and they do not need a degree in computer science or physics to apply.
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