Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Radiological Sciences Academics

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The Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences prepares students for a career in Medical Physics, Neuroscience Imaging, or Radiation Biology. Our students are actively engaged in translational research and education activities related to the application of radiant forms of energy to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

*This program is not designed to prepare students for a career as a radiation technologist, radiation therapist, or radiation dosimetrist.

Radiological Scientists perform innovative cross-disciplinary research in biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, and computer science. 

Research activities in the program are initiated by faculty and students. World class research opportunities are available at the  Research Imaging Institute and UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. The past record of innovation and creativity of the faculty has created an environment in which cutting-edge student research is not only possible but actively encouraged. The activities of the program are designed to develop the professional, didactic, and scientific/investigational skills of students and faculty. Please contact us directly if you have any questions. 

The research program in Radiological Sciences acts as a bridge between basic sciences and the application of such knowledge in the diagnostic and therapeutic processes of  medicine.  

Doctoral degree programs are offered in studies that are organized into four tracks: 

  • Medical Physics (Therapeutic or Diagnostic Medical Physics)*  
  • Radiation Biology 
  • Neuroscience Imaging  
  • Human Imaging (Physician Resident/ Ph.D.) 
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Research Imaging Institute (RII)

Most students using imaging for their research will be located here. The RII has two Siemens 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, three Bruker small-animal Imaging systems, two positron emission tomography (PET) systems and the capability to produce customized radionuclides using the institute's cyclotrons. These Imaging systems are used to evaluate pathology, physiology and biochemistry in living subjects. 

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UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center

UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center

Students learning therapy medical physics will have their offices located here. The Radiation Oncology Clinic houses four clinical vaults and a brachytherapy suite. The clinic uses a variety of technology including two new Elekta Versa HD linear accelerators with Catalyst systems, which track patient movement during treatment. We also have radiation producing systems that are dedicated to research projects. 

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