News & Events

New Convertible Classroom

(2018-01-26) We are pleased to announce that the newly renovated convertible classroom in the Medical Physics office at Hock Plaza is ready for teaching classes and for conducting the meetings. This new classroom has a seating capacity of 24 people with 6 tables, which can be easily transformed into one conference table, 24 chairs, and a 75” mounted Smart 4K Ultra HD TV ready to connect to your MacBooks or laptops. The class configuration is beneficial for team/group learning involving the newest teaching methods.



SEAAPM Best Paper Award

(2018-01-26) Medical Physics PhD candidate, Suk Whan Yoon (first author), along with Zachary Shrock, Boyu Meng (MS 2017), faculty members Dr. Mark Oldham, Dr. Justus Adamson, and Dr. Mark Dewhirst (Radiation Oncology), and collaborators from Departments of Radiology and Neurosurgery recently received “The Best Paper” award from the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (SEAAPM). The paper, titled “Enhancing Radiation Therapy through Cherenkov Light Activated Phototherapy,” discusses a newly-investigated approach to enhance radiotherapy through a photo-therapeutic agent activated by Cherenkov light produced from the megavoltage photon beam, termed Radiotherapy Enhanced with Cherenkov photo-Activation (RECA). This work demonstrates for the first time the potential for photo-activation of psoralen directly in-situ, from Cherenkov light generated by a clinical megavoltage treatment beam.


Izatt Named to the NAI 2017 Class

(2018-01-26) Dr. Joseph Izatt (BME) was recently named to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) 2017 class of Fellows in December 2017.  The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Izatt’s research focuses on the application of optical technologies for non-invasive, high-resolution imaging and sensing in living biological tissues. He is considered one of the leading experts on optical coherence tomography (OCT), a medical imaging technique that allows researchers to peer beneath the surface of tissue to diagnose and treat diseases. Izatt’s lab creates systems for use in noninvasive medical diagnostics, in-vivo tomographic microscopes, and high-throughput three-dimensional small animal imaging systems for genomics studies.

Izatt developed the first use of a research hand-held spectral domain OCT system for infant examination and the first intra-operative OCT-guided ophthalmic surgical system.

There are 912 fellows total (including 11 from Duke), with a median of 20 patents held per person.


CAMPEP Reaccreditation Granted

(2018-01-12) The Duke University Medical Physics Graduate Program has received a five-year reaccreditation through December 2022 from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). CAMPEP is a nonprofit organization which offers accreditation of graduate and residency programs to ensure and promote quality education of medical physicists. We would like to especially thank and congratulate our faculties, staff members, and students for contributing to this successful effort!




3D Dosimetry Protocol for MRgIMRT

(2018-01-12) A paper by Stewart Mein (MS 2016), Leith Rankine (PhD 2019), Dr. Mark Oldham (Radiation Oncology), along with collaborators from Washington University at St. Louis and Rider University, titled “Development of a 3D remote dosimetry protocol compatible with MRgIMRT,” was recently featured in the Medical Physics Web. The paper discusses the development of a high-resolution 3D remote dosimetry protocol to verify MR-guided radiotherapy (MRgIMRT) treatments using PRESAGE. MR-guided radiotherapy uses permanent high-strength magnetic field which further complicates treatment verification. While most conventional dosimeters do not work in high magnetic fields, PRESAGE is a chemical dosimeter which is unaffected by the magnetic field presence and enables true high-resolution 3D dosimetry. This new PRESAGE formulation also allows dosimeters to be shipped and stored at room temperature throughout the protocol. For more information: