Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

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MEMoRIAL - Medical Engineering and Engineering Materials

International Graduate School funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESF)
under the programme “Sachsen-Anhalt WISSENSCHAFT Internationalisierung”


The Otto-von-Guericke-University (OVGU) aims to bring together two intriguing fields of research: Knowledge based Medical Imaging and Reconstruction and Engineering Materials: Processing, Microstructure, Simulation, Prediction. In order to generate synergy in both fields they established a joined Graduate School for Medical engineering and engineering Materials (MEMoRIAL).

MEDICAL IMAGING is a versatile group of methods to generate anatomical images of a patient´s organ or of the entire patient for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Radiation-based imaging technologies are of inestimable importance and, hence, performed in daily clinical practice. However, electromagnetic radiation may cause undesirable side effects. Therefore, methods for dose reduction are taken into greater account prospectively. This specifically concerns patients, who need to be scanned periodically for therapy or health progress monitoring. Instead of performing an entire scan per session, prior knowledge from existing multimodal image data sourcing as well as anatomical atlases and mathematical models may be used. These images and data need to be updated with the newly acquired subsampled data. This approach will reduce dose, scan duration and will, therefore, save expenses in healthcare.
Another potential application is minimally invasive intervention, during which intraoperative images are acquired. Usually, consecutive scans show a high degree of similarity and differ only in probe position and in breathing-induced organ motion. The use of information from formerly acquired images will decrease the dose, and it will also increase the image frame rate significantly and, therefore, owns a great potential for improving contemporary interventional procedures – especially in the scope of interventional magnetic resonance imaging (IMRI).

PhD students in Medical Imaging Science will have the opportunity within a four-year track to work with high-tech diagnostic devices such as x-ray examination and computed tomography, state-of-the-art single-photon emission computed tomography and with positron emission tomography. For more details and specific thesis please click here.

The availability of novel MATERIALS is a key issue for technical innovations, e. g. in energy conversion, mobility or medical engineering. While the effort of R & D in developing new materials was immens over the last years, there is a lack in a detailed understanding of the materials´ behaviour like in complex mechanical stress situations or when exposed to high temperature or radiation. This holds for compact as well for cellular materials.
In order to bridge this gap an integrated approach will focus on the combination of materials processing, materials design, complex stress situations in materials and mathematical modelling. While several of these categories are already combined to each other, R & D of holistic approaches is still in the beginning, and the challenge is to develop connected models which describe the process-microstructure-properties-relationships of materials of different provinience and porosity. Only such a combined approach will allow feedback between materials design and materials behavior.

PhD students in materials science and technology will have the opportunity within a four-year track to work with modern processing technologies and high-tech characterization methods such as state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy, biaxial testing equipment and several in situ and combined methods. A four-year track is intended. For more details and specific thesis please click here.


Letzte Änderung: 01.05.2017 - Contact Person: Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Thorsten Halle






MODULE I:                
Medical Engineering

Materials Science