News & Events

Physics Forum on Shielding

(2016-11-29) Duke Radiation Oncology Physics and Duke Radiation Dosimetry Laboratory (DRDL) hosted Physics Forum: Shielding Considerations for Emerging Radiation Treatment and Imaging on November 10, 2016. Co-hosts were Melissa Martin (AAPM President-elect), Fang Fang Yin (Chief Physicist), Terry Yoshizumi (Radiation Safety Officer) and Regina Kissinger (NC Radiation Protection). The meeting was very successful and attended by members of the NC Chapter Health Physics Society, radiation safety officers and managers from Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center, and staff physicists from Duke Radiation Oncology, Duke Radiation Safety, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University.



International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine

(2016-11-29) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine from December 11-15, 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Madan Rehani (Radiology) is Chair of the program committee for this upcoming conference after serving as Chair of the meeting of the program committee that was held on October 10-12, 2016. This event is a follow-up conference to the 2012 meeting that was held in Bonn, Germany that resulted in Bonn Call for Action. This statement highlights ten main actions and related sub-actions that are identified as being essential for the strengthening of radiation protection in medicine over the next decade. These include but are not limited to expanding on radiation protection education and training of health professionals, increasing availability of improved global information on medical and occupational exposures, and further enforcing safety requirements globally.



NCRP President Visits Duke

(2016-11-17) The visit of Drs. Soffia and Zelada from Chile for a week long workshop on CT dose optimization coincided with the visit by Dr. John Boice, NCRP president, leading to synergistic exchanges for enhanced radiation safety in Latin America. On November 17, John Boice met with the medical physics students for a Q&A session. There he discussed his graduate education and his path to epidemiology from a background in nuclear engineering and medical physics. After obtaining his Doctorate of Science from Harvard, he began a career in radiation epidemiology. His prominence in the field led him to travel to Fukushima, Japan in 2011 following a nuclear disaster to analyze radiation-related illnesses. His recent projects involve a collaboration with NASA where preliminary studies of mice indicate that high LET radiation exposure in the brain can cause dementia. Scientists at NASA are interested in studying this correlation in relation to their mission to sending humans to Mars.


The Distinguished Lecture Series

(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)



Recipient of 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.