Bioengineering students get hands on experience at RSNA 2019

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An integral part of the learning experience for any engineering student is being able to see the real-world applications and ground-breaking technologies coming from the concepts they are learning in class. Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Professor Richard Magin has been providing his biomedical imaging students with this experience for almost two decades.

Every year at the end of the Fall semester, Magin brings the students taking his biomedical imaging class to the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, which has been held in Chicago for 105 years. The society allows faculty and students to attend the meeting free of charge.

Students who attended RSNA 2019 learned about the clinical uses of imaging technology, saw new commercial imaging systems, attended lectures, viewed demonstrations with imaging machines with actors playing the roles of patients, and talked directly with some of the biggest companies in the industry, including Siemens, Philips, Bayer, GE Healthcare, and Canon USA.

“It’s not a space the students drop resumes, but the conference expands their minds with what a large industry this is and how there is a role for almost everyone from radiologists to the medical techs who run the systems,” Magin said.

Students who attend the conference received extra credit in the biomedical imaging class, but Magin said he also believes the experience is a real boost to their future careers. They are able to meet and talk with representatives from hundreds of companies, some of whom are Magin’s former students. He added the students who are interested in pursuing medical careers can also see how the imaging and diagnostic equipment fit into the health care system.

“They are just in awe while attending,” Magin said. “I could talk about tech and jobs all day in class, but when they see the breadth and depth on display at RSNA, they realize that whatever they are interested in they can find in this field.”