Master of Science in Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics)

The 29 unit M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (Medical Imaging & Imaging Informatics) is a unique degree that prepares you for a career in biomedical imaging, image processing and medical imaging informatics, including Picture Archiving & Communication Systems (PACS). The M.S. degree requires that at least 29 approved units must be satisfactorily completed, of which at least 19 units must be at the 500 level or above. This program has been designed for completion in one calendar year by students with solid engineering backgrounds and does not require a thesis. This degree will prepare you for a career in any of the following:
  • Medical imaging and health information industry;
  • Military healthcare system
  • General healthcare industry including hospital enterprise, HMO, and private enterprise. The MSBME program is also suitable for you if you intend to continue in graduate school or medical school.
  • Healthcare entrepreneur
  • Medical school

Topics covered include PACS application servers; digital-based tele-consultation with medical images; PACS-based CAD, informatics infrastructure of micro CT, MR, and PET; image-based neurosurgical Comm and Module; PACS simulator; image security in HIPAA environment; bone age assessment from a hand digital atlas; homeland defense strategies; medical simulation and modeling; data grid for image data disaster recovery; Cyberknife information system for brain tumor treatment; DICOM-based radiotherapy information system; and much more.

Program of Study

***This program can also be completed in three semesters. Please ask the BME Graduate Academic Advisor for more information.

Fall Semester – Year One

Required Courses

BME 501 Advanced Topics in Biomedical Systems (4 units)

BME 527 Integration of Medical Imaging Systems (3 units)

BME 513 Signal & Systems Analysis (3 units)

Spring Semester – Year One

Required Courses

BME 525 Advanced Biomedical Imaging (3 units)

BME 528 Medical Imaging Informatics (3 units)

BME 535 Ultrasonic Imaging (3 units)

Fall Semester – Year Two

Required Courses 

EE 569 Introduction to Digital Image Processing

Elective(s)–see Approved Technical Electives List

Spring Semester – Year Two 

Required Courses

Elective (3 units)–see Approved Technical Electives List

All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.
 
 

Approved Technical Electives

BME 416* Development and Regulation of Medical Products (3 units)

BME 423* Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (3 units)

BME 425* Basics of Biomedical Imaging (3 units)

BME 502 Advanced Studies of the Nervous System

BME 511 Physiological Control Systems (3 units)

BME 523 Measurement and Processing of Biological Signals (3 units)

BME 620L Applied Electrophysiology (4 units)

BME 650 Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation (3 units)

*Graduate students who wish to take 400-level BME courses must seek prior approval from the professor.

CSCI 485 File and Database Management (3 units)

CSCI 530 Security Systems (3 units)

CSCI 551 Computer Communications (3 units)

CSCI 558L Inter-networking and Distributed Systems Laboratory (3 units)

EE 450 Introduction to Computer Networks (3 units)

EE 464 Probability Theory for Engineers (3 units)

EE 469 Introduction to Digital Media Engineering (3 units)

EE 532 Wireless Internet and Pervasive Computing (3 units)

EE 559 Mathematical Pattern Recognition (3 units)

EE 591 Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Reconstruction (3 units)