Medical physicists play a key role in underpinning the planning and delivery of radiation therapy treatments at Peter Mac's sites in Melbourne, Bendigo, Box Hill, Sunshine and Moorabbin. We collaborate extensively with laboratory researchers, imaging scientists and cancer surgeons to enhance the delivery of brachytherapy.
A major strength of our research program is the ability of our medical physicists and biomedical engineers to turn ideas into evidence-based clinical practice. This has led to many successful innovations such as a computer controlled rotating turntable for whole body electron treatments, a novel monitor unit calculation program, credentialing tools for clinical trials and the development of an infra-red motion detection system to monitor movement of paediatric patients.
- Improving the accuracy of radiation therapy in planning and delivery, and ensuring equipment complies with prescribed dosages.
- Conducting compliance testing, refining and improving image quality in diagnostic imaging equipment such as planar X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scanners and fluoroscopy.
- Developing methods to utilise modern imaging techniques to improve accuracy of radiation delivery.
- Developing tools to support clinical trials to assess the utility of modern radiation oncology technology.
- Improving the surveying and monitoring of radiation protection and electromedical equipment.
- Advanced image analysis for prostate cancer using functional imaging and histopathology
- Bladder volume surveillance using ultrasound volumetric imaging for the post-prostatectomy patient
- Validation of a radiobiological model for use in the development of boost focal therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer
Prof Tomas Kron
Director of Physical Sciences
Email: [email protected]