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Division of Medical Physics

Suntha and Students at X Ray

Goals

  • Oversee technical aspects of patients’ radiation treatments
  • Ensure the safe and effective use of radiation for the treatment of patients
  • Develop and evaluate novel therapeutic approaches.

We aim to achieve these goals by using a three-pronged approach with:

  • Clinical Service
  • Program Development
  • Research and Education

Clinical Service

  • Participation in patient treatment planning
  • Development and maintenance of the department’s quality assurance program
  • Support special treatment delivery protocols

The division has been active in the clinical implementation of:

  • 3D conformal
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy
  • Intensity-modulated arc therapy
  • Image-guided radiation therapy
  • Low-dose and high-dose brachytherapy
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy
  • State-of-the-art imaging techniques and planning systems for generating high quality radiation treatment plans

Program Development and Research

  • Clinical service arm
    • Managing inter-fraction motion
    • Mitigating intra-fraction motion
     
  • Research programs
    • Multi-modality functional information into treatment planning
    • Developing techniques to assess treatment response
    • Motion management
    • Advanced treatment delivering technique
     

The division’s research programs are primarily supported by extramural funding and vendor-sponsored research agreements.

Education

  • Actively participate in the Radiation Oncology Residency program
  • Lead the Medical Dosimetry Program
  • Post-doctoral fellow research program
  • Several faculty hold affiliate appointments in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park
    • Primary advisor roles for PhD candidates
     
  • Lead the Clinical Physics Residency Program, Director: Byong Y Yi, Ph.D. 

Physics Faculty

Research Staff, PostDoctoral Fellows & Graduate Students