From the Master of Engineering to a career in digital health
Recent advances in medical imaging provide doctors more detail on what’s happening inside our bodies than ever before, with technologies like 3D fly-throughs of internal organs becoming increasingly common.
And more information for doctors means more accurate diagnosis and better treatment for patients.
Master of Engineering graduate Yicheng Zhang has landed at the beating heart of this exciting field.
Yicheng is a trainee with medical technologies firm Siemens Healthineers, famous for its CT machines, MRI scanners and other medical imaging products. His team works on improving the processing speed of radiological images using software called Syngo.via.
Yicheng helps users troubleshoot problems with the software, working primarily with radiographers in hospitals.
“Working in this area has a great future,” he says. “Digital health is a huge growth area and I would love to go into development and become a product specialist.”
Yicheng’s interest in medical technologies sprang from his masters studies at the University of Melbourne, where he specialised in Biomedical Engineering. While still a student, he tracked iron concentrates in the brain using images from a Siemen’s MRI scanner, drawing on theoretical mathematics. This earned him and his research partner the school’s award for Best Project that year.
Acknowledging the encouragement and inspiration offered by his lecturers, particularly medical imaging lecturer Associate Professor Leigh Johnston and neural engineering expert Professor David Grayden, Yicheng is excited about his future career path.
Digital health is a huge growth area and I would love to go into development and become a product specialist
“Innovations will keep changing the way we conduct clinical care,” he says.
“Medical technologies like imaging will keep improving and more electronic record-keeping systems will make it so much easier to manage patient information.”
But he finds his biggest inspiration is helping key healthcare workers save lives.
“We help them do their work and I am happy to be part of that.”