2009 Hounsfield Memorial Lecture
The annual Hounsfield memorial lecture was instituted by the Imperial College Imaging Sciences Centre in 2004 to recognise the contribution of Sir Godfrey Hounsfield in the development of medical imaging systems. The lecture has been designed as an opportunity for a world leading researcher in imaging science to review the latest developments in imaging science.  This is supported by a range of posters produced by imaging related research groups in Imperial which demonstrate the scope and depth of research undertaken in this institution.

The 2009 Hounsfield lecture - 8th June 2009
Presented by Professor Jim Fujimoto
Biomedical Imaging and Optical Biopsy with Optical Coherence Tomography
Sponsored by:

MRes in Bioimaging Sciences
(Directors: Prof. N. J.  Long, Dr. R. Vilar)
Bioimaging Science has played a vital role in improving human life.  The development of a wide range of imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and optical imaging are nowadays important tools for the early detection of disease, understanding basic molecular aspects of living organisms and the evaluation of medical treatment.  This one-year MRes course, which started in October 2005, covers the fundamentals of modern imaging methodologies – including their techniques and application within medicine and the pharmaceutical industry, along with the chemistry behind imaging agents and biomarkers.
The research strength of Imperial College in Imaging Sciences is recognised both nationally and internationally, as exemplified by the creation of the Imaging Sciences Centre (ISC) – and a recent MRC discipline bridging award in Molecular Imaging.  The course will further interdisciplinary development in imaging sciences and create a multidisciplinary team involving chemists, immunologists, radiologists, image scientists, physicists, biomedical scientists and computer scientists.
This one-year, full-time course consists of an eight-month interdisciplinary research project, taught lecture modules on elementary and advanced aspects of imaging techniques and applications, specialist lectures in transferable skills, a literature review on an imaging-related topic, group project work and workshops on the latest developments in imaging science.
The course is open to graduates with a good degree in a physical science-based subject (no prior knowledge of image-related topics is assumed) and there are a number of fully-funded EPSRC/Industrial studentships available for UK and EU students.  We are currently accepting applications for October 2007 start.
The science-based course content will cover the following broad topics:
  • The Chemistry of Imaging
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Optical Imaging
  • Image Computation
  • Ultrasound and Microwave Imaging
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology of Imaging
The transferable skills components will include
  • Safety Awareness
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Time and Project Management
  • Presentation and Communication Skills.
More information about the course can be found in the course brochure.
Further information can be obtained from the course director:
Prof. Nick Long
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5781. Email: n.long@imperial.ac.uk
For admissions information and applications forms, please contact:
Ms Doris Pappoe
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5864. Email: d.pappoe@imperial.ac.uk
Applications can also be downloaded from the course website or through www.imperial.ac.uk/P1397.html

Labs and Equipment Articles
There are two articles showing some of the facilities in our Biological Imaging Centre (part of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre) and at the Interventional MR and Focused Ultrasound Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.  They can be found at this page.
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