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ISMRM 2018 Meeting Awards

(2018-06-22) Devin Willey (MS 2018), Jonathan Cuthbertson (MS 2018), and Julia Bresticker (MS 2019), advisor Dr. Trong-Kha Truong (Radiology) have been honored with the prestigious Magna Cum Laude ISMRM Merit Awards at The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Annual Meeting, which was held in Paris, France, on June 16-21, 2018. Magna Cum Laude ISMRM Merit Awards are given to Trainee members whose abstracts score in the top 15% within a major subject review category.  The winning abstracts titled “Application of integrated parallel reception, excitation, and shimming (iPRES) for signal loss recovery in fMRI.” by Willey DA, Darnell D, Song AW, Truong TK, and “The iPRES-W AIR coil: A flexible RF coil for simultaneous MR image acquisition, wireless communication, and localized. B0 shimming.” by Cuthbertson, J, Darnell, D, Bresticker, J, Stomont, R, Robb, F, Song, AW, Truong, TK.



AAPM 2018 Science Highlights

(2018-06-22) Our recent graduates, Dr. Wendy Harris (PhD 2018) and Michelle Rokni (MS 2018), were recently selected to have their abstracts and presentations be featured in the AAPM 2018 Science Highlights.

Dr. Harris will have two featured presentations: “Predicting Real-Time 3D Deformation Field Maps (DFM) Based On Volumetric Cine MRI (VC-MRI) and Artificial Neural Networks for On-Board 4D Target Tracking/Gating” and “Volumetric Cine MRI (VC-MRI) Using Motion Modeling, Free-Form Deformation and Multi-Slice Undersampled 2D Cine MRI Reconstructed with Spatio-Temporal Low-Rank Decomposition” where she investigated different methods to improve target tracking and localization in radiation therapy using VC-MRI.

Michelle Rokni and collaborators designed a novel platform using NanoFOD detectors to allow for real time tracking of delivered dose during HDR treatments. This system has the potential to detect gross errors in HDR treatment delivery that could otherwise remain undetected. Michelle will have a presentation titled “It is about (real) time to verify HDR treatments: Duke solution using nano-fiber optic detector.”


AAPM 2018 SPARE Challenge

(2018-06-08) Dr. Lei Ren's lab (MedPhys PhD'09, Radiation Oncology) was recently selected as one of the top five teams for the Sparse-view Reconstruction Challenge for Four-dimensional Cone-beam CT (SPARE) Challenge, organized by AAPM and researchers at the University of Sydney. This year’s competition challenges participant to reconstruct CT images using under-sampled data to explore the possibility of high quality 4D CBCT while sparing patients the additional scan time and dose that is currently used in the clinics. Dr. Ren’s team will be one of the four teams being invited to present their technique at the “AAPM Grand Challenges Symposium: Image Reconstruction for 4D-CBCT” at the annual meeting this year. In addition, the result will also be emphasized in a future paper summarizing the challenge.



IC3DDose 2018 Conference

(2018-06-08) The 10th International Conference on 3D and Advanced Dosimetry (IC3DDose 2018) will be held on September 16-18, 2018 at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China. The conference will bring together therapy/medical physicists, oncologists, chemists, and engineers to discuss the conference objectives. Conversation will center on the latest developments in 3D and advanced radiation dosimetry, the quality of radiation therapy treatments and quality assurance (QA), explore current dosimetric challenges, and synergy between advanced, 3D, and semi-3D dosimetry research and techniques. This conference has been endorsed by the AAPM, the Chinese Society of Medical Physics, the Duke University Medical Physics Program, and the Duke Kunshan Medical Physics Program. The early bird registration period ends on July 16, 2018. For more information, visit the conference website

Faculty/Students and PostDocs working in the areas below (these are session topics) are encouraged to consider submitting an abstract and attending (please check with your department chief if meeting support is available).  Note the regular abstract deadline is June 17th, and works-in-progress is Aug 1st.

  • Dosimetry for MRI-Linacs and in strong magnetic fields
  • Instrumentation and R&D in all methods of advanced dosimetry (semi-3D, EPID, solid state, chemical etc)
  • Proton dosimetry and carbon ions.
  • Cherenkov dosimetry
  • Medical physics in China
  • Clinical 3D dosimetry programs
  • High resolution dosimetry verification in small animal irradiators
  • Clinical dosimetry verification for advanced treatments (SRS, VMAT, 4D and 4Pi)
  • EPID and real time dosimetry
  • Dosimetry verification in the presence of motion
  • Comprehensive End-to-End QA for radiation therapy
  • IGRT verification
  • Chemical Dosimetry systems
  • Solid State dosimetry systems
  • Innovations in Education of Radiation Dosimetry
  • Dosimetry for developing countries

Congratulations to Graduates 2018

(Pictured from left to right, top row: Xiaoyu Duan, Zi Yang, Jeffrey Fenoli, Alexander Kubli, Steven Hyatt, Ryan Pappafotis, Michelle Rokni, Jaclyn Carroll, Ruiqi Geng, Xiaoning Liu, Wendy Harris, Marthony Robins, Bria Moore, Jonathan Cuthbertson, Jacob Kobra, Devin Willey)

(2018-05-25) This past Mother’s Day Sunday, families and friends, along with current students, faculty, and staff members gathered at the Washington Duke Inn for the Medical Physics Graduation and Award Ceremony to congratulate our graduating class. After some opening remarks and words of advice from the Director Dr. Ehsan Samei, Jeff Fenoli (MS 2018) delivered a congratulatory speech, expressing his pride in his Duke Medical Physics program classmates and his gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the community. Representing the current students, Julia Bresticker (MS 2019) bid the graduates farewell through words and pictures, thanking them for their roles in supporting the first-year students.

We would like to congratulate and wish our class of 2018 graduates the very best in their future endeavors.