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Graduation and Awards Ceremony 2017

Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke Class 2017.

(2017-05-19) Congratulations to Duke Medical Physics Graduate Program 17 MS and 3 PhD Graduates 2017 with achieving their degrees! 

Front row from the left to the right: Yang Sheng, PhD, James R. Spencer, MS, Ashlyn G. Rickard, MS, Kara M. Lambson, MS, Brittany T. Moore, MS, Mary Esther Braswell, MS, Laurie  C. Cumberbatch, PhD.

Middle row from the left to the right: Scott H. Robertson, PhD, Thomas J. Sauer, MS, Boyu Meng, MS, Elianna A. Bier, MS, Xinyuan Chen, MS, Silu Han, MS.

Back row from the left to the right: Joshua E. Carter, MS, Zachary D. Shrock, MS, Charles S. Cowart, MS, Aaron K. Smith, MS, Michael A. Trager, MS, Forrest A. McDougal, MS.


Samei Honored as AIMBE Fellow

(2017-05-19) The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) inducted Dr. Ehsan Samei (Radiology) into its prestigious College of Fellows. Dr. Samei was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for substantial contributions to the development of medical imaging systems and the understanding of the relationships between image quality metrics and dose. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country and welcomed 145 new colleagues to its class of 2017. (Read more)



Chen selected as Young Investigator Finalist

(2017-05-05) Medical Physics Program PhD student Yingxuan Chen has been selected as a John R. Cameron Young Investigator Competition finalist to present her research at the Young Investigator Symposium at the AAPM Annual Meeting in Denver this summer. Her abstract titled “Low Dose CBCT Reconstruction Via Prior Contour Based Total Variation Regularization (PCTV)”.  There were 358 submissions to the competition and only the 10 highest scoring submissions were accepted, meaning Yingxuan’s abstract and support document was rated by the reviewers as among the best submitted. Congratulations to Yingxuan on this impressive achievement. 



Innovation in MedPhys Education

(2017-05-05) An abstract titled Empowering Future Clinical Leaders: Professionalism in Medical Physics Graduate Education, authored by Dr. Joshua Wilson, Dr. Anuj Kapadia, and Dr. Ehsan Samei, has been selected as one of the six finalists for the Innovation in Medical Physics Education Award. They will do a 15-minute presentation at the AAPM Annual Meeting where the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Monday, July 31.  The top presenting abstract will be awarded a plaque and a $2000 prize.


Photon-counting breast CT shows promise

(2017-05-05) reported a team at Duke University Medical Center built a photon-counting detector breast CT scanner that could be useful for low-dose breast CT by separating the energy levels of different types of materials within the breast to assess tissue composition and improve cancer diagnosis. Additionally, it creates the possibility of spectroscopic acquisitions for differentiating malignant from benign tissue. The system was built from off-the-shelf parts and tested using phantoms containing plastic biological materials and could readily be incorporated into Duke’s existing dedicated breast SPECT/CT imaging system. The research is led by Dr. Martin Tornai (Radiology), who presented the work at ECR 2017. (Read more)