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International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine
NCRP President Visits Duke
Martin Delivers Distinguished Lecture Talk
(2016-11-10) The Distinguished Lecture Series continued on November 10th with featured speaker Melissa Martin, the president elect of the AAPM and president of Therapy Physics Inc. Her talk, titled “Leadership Skills for Today and the Future in Medical Physics”, centered around her personal journey to a position of leadership in the field of medical physics. She strongly encouraged involvement in local AAPM and Health Physics Society (HPS) chapters for both networking and getting to know how these major organizations are operated. In addition, she advised rising physicists to take whatever opportunities arise, reflecting on her own experiences as a national Board member and treasurer of the AAPM, a contributor to both the oral and written ABR exams in Diagnostic Imaging Physics, and working with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directions (CRCPD) for over twenty years.
(From left to right: James Dobbins III (Associate Vice Provost for DKU), Melissa Martin (the President Elect of the AAPM), Anuj Kapadia (DGS, MedPhys Graduate Program), Joseph Lo (Director, RAILabs)
Robins Receives Royal Society Award
(2016-11-16) Congratulations to Marthony Robins, medical physics PhD candidate, for receiving the Royal Society award to attend the Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore (June 2017). The conference aims to celebrate excellence in science, provide opportunities for cooperation between researchers, build understanding about policy issues of common interest and encourage scientific capacity building in Commonwealth countries. Marthony will be discussing medical physics both broadly as a field and specifically in the area of developing hybrid datasets (actual patient images with computationally embedded virtual lesions with known volume, morphology and texture) for standardization of segmentation and volume estimation tools. Such tools are commonly used in clinical practice for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment response purposes, however, with widely varying accuracy from one algorithm to the other. The goal is to inspire change toward pursuing acceptable segmentation and volume estimation tool performance measures.
IAEA Group Scientific Visit to Duke
(2016-11-15) Over a period of one week of October 17-21, 2016, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, engaged with 17 prominent international visitors from nine IAEA Member States from the region of Europe. The visitors included radiology department chairs, radiation technologists, and lead diagnostic medical physicists. Led by 15 Duke faculty members, the workshop included in-depth lectures covering topics of safety and quality in imaging with ionizing radiation, clinical practice rounds with focus on appropriateness, safety culture, and workflow, and safety-relevant demonstrations of the interplay of dose, image quality, and patient size in the context of CT, Fluoroscopy, and Radiography. The workshop took advantage of clinical and educational facilities at Duke Radiology and Medical Physics operations.
The group scientific visit was organized within the framework of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Regional project RER/9/135 “Strengthening Radiation Protection of Patients and Medical Exposure Control”.