News & Events

GE Healthcare Leader Visits Duke

(2017-03-24) Dr. Fraser Robb, a technology leader at GE working on MR coils, visited Duke on Friday March 17 and spoke with the Medical Physics Graduate Program students about his perspectives on industry and academia. He received his PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Aberdeen in 1998 and has since served as professor of radiology at Dartmouth College. He is also currently an honorary professor at the University of Sheffield in the Department of Cardiovascular Science. He was named as one of GE Healthcare’s most prolific inventors with more than 25 patents and as ISMRM Engineering Chair. Dr. Robb has served as the chief technology leader for MR coils at GE and currently leads the special coils research and prototyping division. In his talk with the students, he discussed the differences between industry and academic culture and the transition from academia to industry.



Mehani Receives Naidu Memorial Award

(2017-03-24)  Madan Rehani, PhD, program faculty and Director of Global Outreach for Radiation Protection and Chair-Designate of the Radiation Safety Committee, has received the Dr. Ramaiah Naidu Memorial Oration Award, based on his valuable contributions to the field of medical physics. The award was presented at the 37th annual conference of the Association of Medical Physicists of India in November.



Samei & Segars Receive NIH R01 Grant

(2017-03-10) Congratulations to Ehsan Samei and W. Paul Segars (Radiology) on receiving an NIH R01 grant for their project "Precision Cardiac CT: Development of a Computational Platform for Optimizing Imaging". As a strong collaboration with the cardiology teams at Duke Health Care and Massachusetts General Hospital, the grant focuses on making cardiac CT more precise and quantitative for characterization of plaques and stenosis.




McCollough from Mayo Visits Duke

(2017-03-10) Cynthia H. McCollough, Professor of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the CT Clinical Innovation Center and X-ray Imaging Core at the Mayo Clinic, visited Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program. In her lecture, she discussed photon counting detectors and their future in CT imaging. After the seminar, Q&A session took place in the Medical Physics Graduate Program office, where students had an opportunity to discuss Tube Current Modulation (TCM) dose estimation, lung modeling and Xcat, cardiac imaging, and how to become a suspenseful leader in the field of Medical Physics.

The research interests of Cynthia H. McCollough, Ph.D., revolve around the technology of CT imaging and its many clinical applications. As director of Mayo Clinic's CT Clinical Innovation Center, Dr. McCollough leads a multidisciplinary team of physicians, scientists, research fellows and graduate students on projects seeking to detect and quantify disease using CT imaging. She has particular expertise in the use of CT for quantitative assessment of material composition, disease progression or regression, and organ function, as well as methods to quantify and reduce patient dose.



Oldham Awarded SEAAPM Paper of The Year

(2017-03-10) On February 25, 2017, at 2017 SEAAPM Symposium & Scientific Meeting in Charleston, SC, Dr. Mark Oldham (Radiation Oncology) and his co-authors received 2017 Paper of the Year Award for “X-Ray Psoralen Activated Cancer Therapy (X-PACT)”. This innovative research investigates a new approach for the treatment of solid cancer using psoralen, a potent anti-cancer therapeutic. X-PACT overcomes prior challenges due to psoralen therapy’s limited penetration in tissue by activating psoralen with UV light emitted from novel phosphors that absorb x-rays and re-radiate at UV wavelengths. This in turn unleashes both short- and potentially long-term antitumor activity of photo-active therapeutics. The results on various cell lines demonstrate a potential therapeutic effect for X-PACT and provide a foundation and rationale for future studies.