Postgraduate Training Program in Medical Imaging Research


The Postgraduate Training Program in Medical Imaging (PTPMI) provides research training in medical imaging, as currently applied to disciplines such as nuclear medicine (PET and SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). The goal of the PTPMI is to provide an avenue for doctoral scientists in physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, as well as related disciplines to enter and be successful in medical imaging research. This is achieved by providing training in radiological sciences to trainees with a strong quantitative background via structured didactic courses and seminars, enabling graduates to critically evaluate the field and formulate their own research ideas. Trainees participate in leading-edge research, with the opportunity to interact with a world-class faculty in a setting that combines the resources of the Harvard Medical School Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine (HMS-JPNM), the Harvard-affiliated Teaching Hospitals (e.g., Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB)), Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The program stresses the methodology needed to advance medical imaging research specifically (in contrast to research training in imaging probes, animal models, or the study of disease mechanisms). The major foci of the didactic program are: (1) the physics of image formation with radiation, magnetic resonance and computed tomography, (2) the use of image processing to enhance the quantitative diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of medical imaging, (3) the kinetic modeling of physiological processes needed to test hypotheses with cross-sectional PET, SPECT, CT, MRI and fMRI, as well as proton therapy and to advance quantitative functional imaging and molecular medicine.

Currently, we have four trainees enrolled in PTPMI: