In the Imaging track, the student acquires a deep understanding of medical imaging analysis, biomedical instrumentation, image processing and 3D visualizations. The track covers a wide range of research fields and skills including disease diagnosis through the use of noninvasive tools.

One active field is “Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics,” the science of using optical rays to study biological tissues. Another active area is “Optogenetics” for neuroscience, first introduced in 2005, which allows the study of brain interactions in genetically modified animals via optics. These fields are among the latest and most cutting-edge research areas of biomedical engineering.

Students also develop knowledge and skills in medical instrumentation, biological signals and images, neuroscience, and electric/ magnetic fields in biological applications.

In all of these areas, students obtain hands-on experience that successfully prepares them for either professional or academic life post-graduation. Graduates of this track have been employed by local companies such as GE Healthcare, Aurora, Johnson Controls, Prairie Inc., Siemens and other national/ global industries and research labs. You must meet Graduate School requirements to enroll in this track.

Track Course Requirements:

  • All Students must take at least 6 credits from Group A and 9 credits from Group B
  • All students must take one semester of Bioengineering seminar, ElecEng 880
  • Maximum of 3 credits in Special Topics (480/890) with appropriate topic (subject to advisor’s approval).
  • Thesis option students must take at least an additional 12 credits from Group A or B.
  • Non-thesis option students must take an additional 18 credits combined from Group A or B
  • The remaining credits may be taken as free electives.
Group A
ElecEng 437- Introduction to Biomedical Imaging3 cr U/G
ElecEng 439- Introduction to Biomedical Optics3 cr U/G
ElecEng 537- Fundamentals of Neuroimaging Technology3 cr U/G
ElecEng 737- Medical Imaging Signals and Systems3 cr G
ElecEng 765- Intro to Fourier Optics and Optical Signal Processing3 cr G
Group B
ElecEng 410- Digital Signal Processing3 cr U/G
ElecEng 436- Introduction to Medical Instrumentation3 cr U/G
ElecEng 438- Bioanalytics and Biomedical Diagnostics3 cr U/G
ElecEng 490- Topics in Electrical Engineering1-3 cr U/G
ElecEng 539- Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging1 cr U/G
ElecEng 588- Fundamentals of Nanotechnology3 cr U/G
ElecEng /CompSci 711- Pattern Recognition3 cr G
ElecEng /CompSci 712- Image Processing3 cr G
ElecEng 755- Information and Coding Theory3 cr G
ElecEng 810- Advanced Digital Signal Processing3 cr G
ElecEng 880- Bioengineering Seminar1 cr G
ElecEng 890- Special Topics3 cr G
Physics 705- Molecular, Cellular, and System Biophysics3 cr G
Physics 706- Biophotonics3 cr G
Physics 782- Physics of Medical Imaging3 cr G
Courses offered by Medical College of Wisconsin
Biophysics 03230- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance3 cr G
Biophysics 03238- Magnetic Resonance Imaging3 cr G
Biophysics 03239- Functional MRI Contrast Mechanisms and Applications3 cr G