Imaging Methods in Medicine

Accreditation valid until: 1. 9. 2030

Chairman of the Subject Area Board:
doc. MUDr. Andrea Burgetová, Ph.D., MBA
Department of Radiology
First Faculty of Medicine
Charles University and General University Hospital
U Nemocnice 2
128 08  Prague 2
phone: +420 224 962 232
e-mail: @email

Contact person:
Ing. Žaneta Kalinová, MBA
Department of Radiology
First Faculty of Medicine
Charles University and General University Hospital
U Nemocnice 2
128 08  Prague 2
phone: +420 224 962 232-233
e-mail: @email

Members of the Subject Area Board

Characteristics of the study programme

The doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programme entitled “Imaging Methods in Medicine” covers various qualitative and quantitative methods of image analysis in biology and medicine. Research and the development of new imaging techniques and procedures, as well as the analysis, processing and interpretation of data are also emphasized, including artificial intelligence. The degree programme is closely related to molecular biology, molecular imaging, radiology, nuclear medicine, pathology and many other fundamental and clinical fields of biomedicine.

Requirements during the study

The basic study obligation of the doctorand is his/her own research set in the ISP, approved by the SAB. The study also introduces to the student the areas that are not the subject of his/her research and the basics of the scientific work. It broadens the horizon of knowledge and helps in acquiring the practical habits. In the course of study the student must succesfully complete at least two courses, (three courses are recommended). Given the extent of the programme courses of other SABs, other doctoral programmes in biomedicine, at Czech Academy of Science departments or even at institutions abroad can also be taken (if agreed ex ante with the SAB).

The list of basic recommended (optional) courses:
1) Vybrané kapitoly zobrazování v lékařství (OR Zobrazovací metody v lékařství)
2) Statistika v biomedicínském výzkumu (OR Biomedicínská informatika)
3) Mikroskopické metody v biomedicíně (OR Vývojová a buněčná biologie)
4) Novinky v biomedicínském výzkumu (OR Biochemie a patobiochemie)
5) Základy lékařských věd pro studenty z nelékařských oborů (OR Fyziologie a patofyziologie člověka)
6) Biofyzikální metody v medicíně (OR Lékařská biofyzika)

  • Internationally recognized English examintion (FCE, TOEFL, IELTS) according to the propositions of Department of Languages, Second Faculty of Medicine CU.
  • At least two (recommended are three) publications of partial results of the research in the rewieved journals with impact factor, at least in one publication the doctorand must be the first (or corresponding) author, other publication in scientific journals.
  • Presentation of results at scientific conferences.
Requirements for internships

Study placement abroad is recommended.

Listed courses
Requirements for the SDE

During the examination the students must demonstrate detailed and up-to-date knowledge of the field of imaging methods in general as well as the topics direcly related to the topic of his/her dissertation. One examination question is always general from the topcis listed below. The recommeded literature to the state doctoral examination is specifically related to the topic of the dissertation work.

Examination topics for the SDE

1. general overview of the imaging methods in medicine, their principles, benefits, disadvantages, possible side effects (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
2. basic techniques of imaging methods in medicine (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
3. indications and algorithms of imaging methods in medicine (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
4. new trends, special applications, development and perspectives of imaging methods in medicine (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
5. problems of courses completed by the student (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
6. basics of the digital image processing in medicine (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student) – viz literatura.
7. basics of scientific work and statistics (related to the topic of the dissertation of the student).
8. scientific and professional profile of the student, experience from scientific work, topic of the dissertation in preparation, preliminary and final results

Recommended literature

a) Šonka, Hlaváč, Boyle: Image Processing, Analysis and Machine Vision. ThomsonEngineering, 2007

b) Burger, Burge: Digital Image Processing (

Publication activity requirements

At least two original works in journals with IF, which are related to the dissertation topic and their total IF is at least 1,0. The student must be the first author of at least one of the publications.

Defence requirements​

* doctoral programmes associated to DSPB

Coordination Board of DSPB

Doctoral studies in biology and medicine are co-ordinated by the Coordination Board of DSPB (thereinafter “Coornination Board”); its members, appointed by the Rector of Charles University and President of the Czech Academy of Sciences, are chairmen of all SABs as well as some other persons suggested by the participating faculties, institutes of the Czech Academy of Sciences and possibly other authorities. Members of the Coordination Board elect a Presidium of 7-9 members, which in turn elects its chairman and vice-chairman. The chairman summons and directs sessions of the Coordination Board and acts as its representative in negotiations with the Rector Office of CU, authorities of the Czech Academy of Sciences, or possibly other authorities. The vice-chairman fully deputizes for the chairman during his/her absence. The term in office of the Coordinaton Board is 5 years.

The Coordinaton Board, in particular:

  • co-ordinates the activities of particular SABs
  • informs of the terms and conditions of admission procedures in particular programmes of doctoral studies
  • co-ordinates conditions of the involved SABs for admission procedures
  • initiates and co-ordinates organization of interdisciplinary lectures, courses and other joint forms of tuition
  • co-ordinates and provides edition of learning texts for doctoral studies in biomedical sciences
  • organizes the annual scientific conference of the students in doctoral studies in biomedical sciences
  • monitors and evaluates quality and standard of defences of dissertation theses, organized by particular SABs
  • suggests to the Rector of CU and President of the Czech Academy of Sciences organizational measures to provide for the activities in doctoral studies in biomedical sciences and to boost its quality and efficiency
  • co-operates with the relevant faculty in graduation of students who have passed the doctoral study programme
  • provides for edition of an information brochure of programmes of doctoral studies in biomedical sciences, which includes the lists of the boards and supervisors
  • co-operates with grant agencies and actively strives for grant support and other funding of study programmes in biomedical sciences
  • co-operates with the Centre of Doctoral Studies at the department of studies and student affairs of the Rector Office of CU
  • in co-operation with the training institutions and particular SABs, initiates and organizes international contacts
  • co-operates with deans of particular faculties in evaluation of scientific standard and activities of the SABs involved
  • directs the activities of the secretariat and the secretary for DSPB
Created: 19. 5. 2021 / Modified: 9. 6. 2021 / Responsible person: ThDr. Jitka Sýkorová, Ph.D.