The Department of Imaging Physics offers opportunities for talented physicists, engineers and computational scientists to enhance their research skills by participating in our Postdoctoral Research Fellows program.
Individual faculty mentor fellows working on specific funded research projects for terms of up to five years. Fellows are provided the opportunity to broaden research knowledge by attending research seminars in the Department of Imaging Physics, as well as Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Institutional Grand Rounds and other departmental seminars appropriate for their research projects across the institution.
A mentoring program allows the Fellows and the faculty mentors to track their progress towards becoming independent research investigators.
Opportunities also exist to audit courses in the Medical Physics Program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) to augment their education or in preparation for application to a CAMPEP-accredited residency for those who wish to incorporate clinical medical physics practice into their careers.
Research in our department is primarily translational, including instrumentation development, technique development, dosimetry and modeling of biomedical imaging related topics. The faculty is composed of basic scientists running independent research programs/laboratories and academically oriented clinical medical physicists conducting research projects in their areas of expertise.
The department manages an NCI-funded and state-of-the-art Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) with 3 laboratories. We also have access to dedicated human imaging research equipment through the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI).
Research instrumentation currently includes:
- In SAIF we have 2 x 7 T and 1 x 4.7 T MR imaging/spectroscopy systems (Bruker Biospec), an Oxford Systems DNP SpinLab hyperpolarizer, a Bruker Albira PET/SPECT/CT scanner, a Precision Medical 225X image-guided small animal irradiation platform, several ultrasound and optical imaging systems.
- In CABI we have 3T GE 750W wide-bore (70 CM) whole-body MR scanner with full image-guided therapy accessories and anesthesia capability, a 3 T GE 750 whole-body scanner, a 3 T Siemens Prisma whole-body scanner (available in January 2017), a GE CT scanner and a GE 690 PET/CT scanner.
- Multiple computational platforms within the department, a high-performance computing cluster at MD Anderson and access to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT Austin.