Professor and entrepreneur Maryellen Giger, PhD’85, brings computer-aided breast cancer detection and diagnosis from bench to bedside.


With better breast imaging, radiologists could find, classify, or rule out cancer sooner—reducing anxiety, medical risk, and costs for millions of patients.

Medical Physics Commitment to Diversity


The Graduate Program in Medical Physics at the University of Chicago mourns and condemns another murder of a Black person at the hands of the police. The unjust deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were the tipping point that demonstrate the urgent need for societal changes after years of innocent Black lives lost, followed by failures to bring offending officers and racist vigilantes to justice.

BSD specific guidance on COVID-19


The health, safety and well-being of our BSD community, on and off-campus, is our top priority. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed. Information on BSD-specific resources can be found here. Also please continue to consult the University and University of Chicago Medicine guidance as appropriate.

Therapeutic ultrasound and prostate cancer treatment thesis defense


Gregory Anthony successfully defended his thesis discussing therapeutic ultrasound and improved image guidance and combinatorial treatments for recurrent prostate cancer. Anthony's advisor is Steffen Sammet. Anthony is now a diagnostic imaging physics resident at Indiana University.

Computed tomography and deep convolutional neural networks thesis defense


Eyjolfur Gudmundsson successfully defended his thesis "Functional, volumetric, and textural analysis of malignant pleural mesothelioma using computed tomography and deep convolutional neural networks." His advisor is Samuel G. Armato. Gudmundsson has accepted a position as a postdoctoral research at University College, London.

Brittany Broder awarded NPSC fellowship


Third year Medical Physics student Brittany Broder was awarded a National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship. Broder studies the uptake of nanoparticles in tumors for imaging via high-energy proton radiography. Her advisor is Chin-Tu Chen.

Scott Trinkle awarded NIH F31


Fourth year medical physics student Scott Trinkle has received a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for up to 3 years to support research on a novel multi-modal, multi-scale imaging pipeline for the validation of diffusion MRI of the brain.

Students and faculty attend SPIE Medical Imaging 2019 in San Diego


Dr. Maryellen Giger spoke at  SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) Conference in San Diego in March 2019.

Machine learning and breast cancer risk assessment thesis defense


Congratulations to Kayla Robinson on defending her PhD thesis this week! Her dissertation is titled "Machine Learning on Medical Imaging for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment" and her advisor is Maryellen Giger.