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Research

Current Research Topics

  • 3D printing for new phantom development – nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion phantoms
  • Development of MRI phantoms for evaluation of quantitative liver iron calculation consistency
  • Evaluation of pediatric fluoroscopy procedure doses
  • Performance evaluation and optimization of fluoroscopy imaging systems using image intensifiers and flat panel detectors
  • CT beam filtration evaluation for dual source CT scanners
  • Risk analysis modeling
  • New dosimeters -Characterization and clinical applications (radiochromic films, iQM)
  • Patient Dose Evaluations and Characterization of Cone Beam CT imaging (IGRT)
  • New metrics for assessing modulation complexity (Quality Assurance)
  • Real-time predictions for Stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT)
  • New particle beam methods (Particle therapy)
  • New Total Skin Electron (TSE) techniques
  • New Portal Dosimetry applications

Major Equipment, Clinical

  • Radiology Department (Imaging) in Vanderbilt Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, and Monroe, Carell, Jr, Children’s Hospital
    • 2 General Electric Discovery ST Combined dedicated PET and multislice x-ray CT scanners
    • General Electric PETtrace 15 MeV negative ion cyclotron and support facilities for FDG and other pharmaceuticals production
    • 3 Philips Achieva 1.5T and 2 Philips Achieva 3.0T MR Imagers
    • 1 Siemens Magnetom Avanto Fit 1.5T MR imager (in Cardiology)
    • 3 Siemens Somatom Force Dual Source CT scanners (2 x 192 slices)
    • 1 Siemens Somatom Drive Dual Source CT scanner (2 x 128 slices)
    • 2 Philips Brilliance 64 CT scanners
    • Philips iCT 128 CT scanner
    • GE Discovery 670 SPECT/CT system
    • GE Millennium MG dual-head scintillation camera for planar and SPECT imaging
    • GE Infinia SPECT system with Hawkeye CT
    • GE Ventri VCT Cardiac SPECT/Lightspeed CT system
    • Philips Skylight SPECT scintillation camera system
    • Agfa IPAX Picture Archiving and Communication system
    • General Electric ImageCast Radiology Information System
  • Radiation Oncology Dept. (Therapy)
    • Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators with 120 MLC collimator, portal imaging, and kV-CBCT
    • Varian / Brainlab TX linear accelerator with HDMLC, ExacTrac, and kV-CBCT for radiosurgery
    • Varian Trilogy linear accelerator with 120 MLC collimator, portal imaging, and kV-CBCT
    • Varian 23iX linear accelerator with 120 MLC collimator, portal imaging, and kV-CBCT
    • Varian 21EX linear accelerator with 120 MLC collimator, portal imaging, with IMRT
    • HDR Suite with Ir-192 VariSource Afterloader
    • XOFT Axxent system for Accelerated Partial Breast IORT
    • LDR brachytherapy sources
      • I-125 (Eye-Plaque, Prostate Seed Implant, and Mesh)
    • Phillips Big-Bore CT/Simulator
    • Treatment Planning Workstations
      • Varian Eclipse with AAA
      • BrainLab iPlan
      • VariSeed for Prostate Seed Implants
      • Bebig Eye-Plaque simulator

Major Equipment, Other

  • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Digital radiographic and Fluoroscopy X-ray Units including portable systems
    • Computed radiography systems
    • Interventional fluoroscopy suites
    • Mammography units
    • Ultrasound Units
  • Radiation Oncology
    • Radiation Biology Laboratory
      • Pantek 300 DXT Orthovoltage X-ray unit

Ancillary Equipment

  • Radiation Detectors
    • Calibrated light meters
    • Calibrated magnetometer
    • Radiation detectors
      • Solid state
      • Ionization chambers
      • farmer-type chambers
      • buildup chambers
      • small volume specialty chambers
      • radiation survey meters
    • SunNuclear IC profiler
    • iQM for real-time QA
    • MatriXX 2D-detector ion-chamber array
    • Radiochromic Films and FilmQAPro software
    • OSLD and reader
  • Phantoms
    • Imaging Physics
      • QC and certification phantoms for all modalities (x-ray, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, ultrasound)
      •  Anthropomorphic phantoms
      • Specialized phantoms
    • Therapy Physics
      • SunNuclear and Wellhofer water scanners
      • Imaging phantoms (Leeds, CatPhan, etc.)
      • Anthropomorphic phantoms
      • Solid water phantoms

Facilities (Academic, Laboratory, and Clinical) for Student Use

  • Diagnostic Imaging Laboratories
    • Radiology equipment (Medical Center North)
      • Siemens ultrasound system
      • Faxitron Digital Cabinet x-ray system
      • True Focus microfocal spot x-ray system
      • Hologics digital mammographic detector
      • Nuclear data collection modules
      • Multiple computers
      • Small 3-D printer
    • Radiology clinical equipment (Main Hospital)
  • Clinical Therapy Laboratories
    • Radiation Research Labs (Medical Center North)
    • Radiation Oncology clinical equipment (Vanderbilt Clinic)
  • Library Facilities
    • Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries
    • Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science Library
    • Eskind Biomedical Library and Learning Center
  • Classrooms
    • Physics and Chemistry Building
    • Medical Center Complex
      • Radiology Department (Medical Center North)
      • Radiation Oncology Department (Vanderbilt Clinic)
    • Student Offices
      • Radiology Dept. (Medical Center North)
      • Radiation Oncology Dept. (Vanderbilt Clinic)