College of Graduate Studies
Division Co-Directors: Joseph Schoepf, M.D., Michael Rosol, Ph.D.,
Mehmet Bilgen, Ph.D.
|The newly-established Cardiovascular Imaging division offers training and coursework leading to the Ph.D. The coursework is diverse, emphasizing a combination of basic science and advanced imaging modalities and techniques. The research programs are challenging and contemporary, covering a broad range of interests and thoroughly training the candidates in cardiovascular imaging skills. The program broadly revolves around image acquisition and post-processing methods for clinical and preclinical cardiovascular imaging. For clinical studies, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, echocardiography, and invasive cardiovascular imaging for the assessment of acquired and congenital cardiovascular disease will be utilized. For translational research applications, MUSC has available state-of-the-art small animal imaging facilities, including micro-CT, micro-PET, optical imaging, and high field-strength MRI, as well as a wide array of in vitro modalities for assessing biology on a cellular level.|
|Clinical and basic science research is performed at MUSC's Heart & Vascular Center, Ashley River Tower, where the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Division of Cardiology are located, as well as in MUSC's Small Animal Imaging Facility and the Preclinical Translational Imaging Research Laboratory. MUSC is equipped with state-of the-art imaging instruments including 1.5T, 3T, and 7T MRI, dual-Source CT, micro-PET-CT and optical imaging.|
Cardiovascular Imaging Course Descriptions
This course is designed to provide graduate studnets with an in-depth understanding of the imaging of the cardiovascular system at the human and whole animal levels as well as its application to the assessment of cardiovascular function and pathology. Emphasis will be placed on a combination of preclinical and clinical imaging techniques and their applications to basic and translational science. The uses of these imaging modalities and techniques to other areas of biology will also be discussed. Specific topics include the foundations of molecular imaging and its role in preclinical and translational research, as well as current clinical practices and areas of investigation involving advanced imaging technologies. Modalities to be covered include preclinical and clinical computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear, and optical imaging technologies, as well as invasive cardiovascular imaging for the assessment of acquired and congenital cardiovascular disease. Concepts of biomarker imaging will be explored. Students will be expected to have a basic understanding of cardiac physiology and anatomy.
Hands-on experience of clinical and basic science research will be provided at MUSC's Heart & Vascular Center, Ashley River Tower, where the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging and the Division of Cardiology are located, the Center for Advanced Imaging Research at 30 Bee Street, and at MUSC's Small Animal Imaging Facility and the Preclinical Translational Imaging Research Laboratory.
Prerequisites: None, Credits: 3
Course directors: Joseph Schoepf, Michael Rosol, Mehmet Bilgen
Offered in spring semester of alternate years beginning with the Spring 2010 semester..
Cardiovascular Imaging Faculty
Mehmet Bilgen , Ph.D.
Michael Rosol, Ph.D.