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Biomedical Imaging Graduate Program

Mission Statement

Our mission is to train students in a basic core of knowledge and skills that will prepare them to become leaders in the application of biomedical imaging technology to problems in basic and clinical research. Our program will provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of image acquisition technologies and data analysis methods, while exposing students to the application of specific imaging modalities through a series of individual electives in their chosen area of interest.

Program Overview

The Biomedical Imaging PhD program is designed to provide students with the education and training needed to pursue careers applying cutting edge developments in biomedical imaging to solving scientific and healthcare problems within academia or industry.

The Medical University of South Carolina through its Center for Biomedical Imaging offers a comprehensive and integrated graduate training program combining biomedical sciences through the College of Graduate Studies core curriculum, with a strong emphasis on imaging science and its biomedical applications leading to a Ph.D. in Biomedical Imaging.   

The core curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of imaging acquisition technologies, data analysis methods, and research design, all within the context of applying these techniques in clinical and basic research projects in academic and industrial medical and research settings. Through this program, students will be able to gain hands-on experience with advanced imaging systems dedicated to both preclinical (bioluminescence, fluorescence, Micro-CT/PET, 7T MRI) and human (3T MRI) research. The students will have opportunities to rotate as research assistants in laboratories of professors who actively conduct research within many departments throughout the university, such as Neurosciences, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Oncology. The students will be required to demonstrate scientific proficiency in the area of biomedical sciences, with an emphasis on biomedical imaging through the completion of a qualifying examination and an individual doctoral dissertation.

Upon the completion of this degree, graduates will have the foundation on which they can build careers as independent investigators or key collaborators who possess a unique combination of skills: a fund of technical knowledge of imaging sciences and its most critical innovations as well as a distinct perspective that is focused on applying these advances in biomedical imaging to a breadth of preclinical and human research areas, from basic physiological processes to phenotypically complex diseases.


Our program begins with two years of didactic coursework during which students will master the fundamental physical and biological principles behind biomedical imaging. Through laboratory rotations students will identify a faculty mentor and a research topic for their thesis. The facilities and MUSC quite extensive (bioluminescence, fluorescence, Micro-CT/PET, animal 7T MRI and human 3T MRI), and faculty research interests are broad (Neurosciences, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Oncology), allowing students to select a mentor and topic of research closely suited to their interests.