Imaging & Image Guided Interventions

For imaging, scientific excellence is demonstrated through the integration of advanced imaging technology with already established cancer treatments. This forms a highly valuable extension of the treatment options for cancer patients. In fact, it mirrors the impact of GPS navigation on mobility.

By "seeing what you treat,” image guided interventions (IGI) ensure precision, efficacy, and refined targeting. IGI’s offer minimally or non-invasive, treatments that are associated with minimal side effects and fast recovery. As such they not only benefit patients but also reduce reliance on scarce healthcare resources. 

Joined efforts from our physicists, mathematicians, technicians and clinicians at USP together have developed several IGIs. These include - amongst others - MRI-guided radiotherapy, focused-ultrasound, real-time imaging-guided surgery and combined nuclear diagnostics and treatments. Current research focuses on combining artificial intelligence (AI) with imaging data to establish real-time and automated IGI workflows with data-driven treatment personalization. This will help to develop new indications in pediatric, adult and veterinary patients.


For all these IGI modalities, the fusion of imaging & AI leads will lead to a much higher degree of precision & automation than what is currently possible. This will increase the quality of care of patients while reducing the workload for staff. This implementation also requires a gradual shift from human oriented control to human supervision of treatment workflows, ensuring confidence and explainability at all times.

Next generation experts

Our responsibility includes educating and training the next generation of researchers to create a dynamic environment in which innovative science will continue contributing to an ever-improving outcome for our patients.


Within the Graduate School of Life Sciences we offer the following PhD programme tailored to this goal:

Students can also visit our other PhD programmes or Master's programmes.