MRC/UCT Medical Imaging Research Unit
The MRC/UCT Medical Imaging Research Unit (MIRU) is a core component of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.
MIRU was officially opened on 11 May 2000 and is based in the Department of Human Biology. The formation of the unit was inspired by the work of 1979 Nobel laureate the late Allan Cormack, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work on the computed tomography (CT) scanner.
The mission of the unit is to conduct world-class research in medical imaging that specifically addresses the healthcare needs of Africa. The unit has an interdisciplinary focus, attracting talented physicists, engineers, computer scientists and clinicians. In addition to transcending departmental boundaries at the University of Cape Town, the collaborates with other universities and organisations in South Africa and abroad.
Research focuses on the role of medical imaging in addressing health problems that are relevant to Africa. These include trauma, cancer, tuberculosis, cardiac disease, brain disorders, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), neuromuscular disorders and alcohol abuse. Research and coursework in medical imaging may be done at the postgraduate level as part of a degree in Biomedical Engineering.
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