Medical Imaging Training at Duke University

Training Grant Requirements

All imaging trainees are subject to the degree requirements of the University, their home department, and the medical imaging training program. Current BME doctoral students are required to complete 48 credit hours of course work, including a required first year BME Seminar Series for a total of two credit hours. Other than the seminar series, there is no core curriculum in the BME graduate program. Individual students, their advisors, and their graduate committee choose a custom curriculum reflecting that student's background and research and career aspirations.

In addition to fulfilling their departmental degree requirements, students in the medical imaging training program have the following requirements:

  1. The core curriculum required by the MITP includes an overview course of diagnostic medical imaging systems: BME 303 Diagnostic Imaging Systems;  a radiology practicum course: BME 848L Radiology in Practice; and one modality-specific imaging elective course. 
  2. Attend the Medical Imaging Visionary Speaker lectures which are scheduled throughout the year. 
  3. Attend the annual Duke Medical Imaging Technology poster session and workshop.
  4. Attend the biennial NIH NIBIB meeting.
  5. Complete the program's responsible conduct in research curriculum
    1. Academic Integrity Weekend Course or Graduate School RCR workshop
    2. Attend at least 3 training forums from Duke Research Ethics and Education and Resources Program.
  6. Include at least two MITP faculty on their doctoral dissertation committee.
  7. An industrial internship or other relevant industrial experience is strongly encouraged but not required.
Substitutions for any core course must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director. 

Course Listing

Imaging core courses and electives are listed below (specific offerings vary by semester):

  • BME 303: Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
  • BME 848L: Radiology in Practice
  • BME 844: Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging
  • BME 436L:  Biophotonic Instrumentation
  • BME 542:  Principles in Ultrasound Imaging
  • BME 544:  Digital Image Processing
  • BME 550:  Modern Microscopy
  • BME 551L:  Biomedical Optical Spectroscopy and Tissue Optics
  • BME 552:  Advanced Optics
  • BME 590:  MRI: Principles and Sequence Design
  • BME 845:  Elasticity Imaging
  • BME 790-2:  Modern Ultrasound Laboratory Methods
  • BME 842:  Medical Ultrasound Transducers
  • BME 850:  Advances in Photonics: An overview of state-of-the-art techniques and applications
  • CHEM 990-4-01: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry: NMR Imaging
  • CHEM 990-4-02: Special Topics in Physical Chemistry: Imaging: Optical Microscopy
  • ECE 488:  Digital Image and Multidimensional Processing
  • MEDPHY 530A:  Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
  • MEDPHY 728:  Clinical Practicum (RT)
  • MEDPHY 731:  Advanced Medical Imaging Physics