For participating in a Half Minor, students are advised to have obtained 60 ECTS from the first year.
International Students should have an adequate background in Anatomy, Pathology and Physiology. Admission will be considered based on CV and motivation letter.
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During the first part of this half-minor the broad spectrum of diagnostic imaging techniques will be discussed, using clinical examples that show the conditions wherein they are often used. Cardiovascular imaging and CT, neuro imaging and MRI, interventional radiology and ultrasound will, amongst others, be highlighted. In the following weeks, the link between radiology and fields such as oncology, nuclear medicine, molecular imaging, pathology, microscopic imaging and image-guided surgery will be emphasized from both a clinical and research perspective.
- Evaluate the role of CT- and MRImaging in diagnosis and therapy of patients with cardiovascular, oncologic or neurologic disease;
- Define the scope and limitations of the various radiologic modalities (CT, MRI, SPECT, PET, US Fluorescence);
- Establish which criteria (medical, physics and costs) are instrumental for the selection of a radiologic examination;
- Identify critical steps that need to be taken during preclinical evaluation of novel imaging tracers before these can be clinically applied;
- Assess and criticize the application of new clinical imaging research lines, e.g. fluorescence-based imaging, hybrid modalities such as PET-MRI and image guided navigation techniques;
- Identify in which clinical situations image guided interventions (cardiological, neurological or oncological), using Ultrasound, CT, Angiography, Nuclear Medicine, and Fluorescence imaging may improve patient care.
- Envisage which microscopy/pathology approaches can be applied to analyse the molecular aspects of a disease based on neurological and oncological symptoms.
- Evaluate during debates the (potential) value of biomedical imaging in topics of current societal and medical interest, pertinent to LUMC profile areas.
- Apply the insight gained in this imaging course to write a well motivated opinion paper on the role of biomedical imaging in one of the LUMC profile areas, while taking practical aspects, cost-effectiveness and risks of this examination for the patient (especially: radiation burden and possible adverse effects of contrast agents) into account;
All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.
Mode of instruction
Lectures, workgroups, patient demonstrations, laboratory visits and practicals.
Presentation per student of one or more patient cases.
Cases have to be prepared in written form (ppt) and have to be handed in. See Schedule.
Passed / Not passed
EXAM-1 (open questions)
Knowledge obtained in week 1-4 will be tested. Mark (1-10) counts for 20% of the final mark. Students will receive their marks before the end of Week 5.
EXAM-2 (open questions)
Knowledge obtained in week (1-4), 5,6,7 will be tested. Mark (1-10) counts for 20% of the final mark. Students will receive their marks before the end of Week 8.
To make sure all results are criticized equally, the coordinators will alternate between both exams. Debriefing is included immediately after the exams;
Debate on the use of biomedical imaging in clinical routine and research:
Discussion in a group of 5 students on the role of biomedical imaging in issues of current societal impact.
Mark (1-10) counts for 20% of the final mark.
Prepare a report/opinion paper (including a Literature Review) on the role of biomedical imaging for a specific topic related to the debate in which the student participates. To be handed in on Friday in week 10. To make sure all papers are criticized equally, a minimum of two coordinators will give a mark. Students will be informed on their mark (40% of final mark) by the end of week 12. The assessment criteria for this report are described in a Rubik format, which is included in the module book. Study load of the report is one week.
Students will be informed about their final mark within three weeks after the end of the course.
**Examination committee: **
A.R. van Erkel (MD. PhD), F.W.B. van Leeuwen (PhD), T. Buckle (PhD), J. Doornbos (PhD)
The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.
Papers will be provided per week via Blackboard.
The following websites give a fair impression of the topics covered in this half minor:
http://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/courses/rad Virginia University
http://www.ctisus.com/ CT-anatomy, Protocols, Teaching files, etc
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_colonoscopy CT colonography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultrasound_imaging Basics of ultrasound
http://www.cis.rit.edu/htbooks/mri/ basic physics
http://www.snmmi.org/AboutSNMMI/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=6433 What is Nuclear Medicine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_scan What is PET
Image Guided Surgery
Mass spectrometry Imaging
Micro-MRI (mouse atlas) preclinical imaging
Microscopy: for fundamentals of Light Microscopy, see
Allen Brain Atlas
http://www.brain-map.org/ (use Chrome browser)
http://www.brainscope.nl (use Chrome browser)
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