Medical Physics focuses on applying physics based solutions to solving problems in the area of medicine. Research areas in this program can be broadly classified into two areas:

  1. Radiation therapy physics
  2. Diagnostic imaging physics

Dr. Tambasco is interested in the following areas of research:

  • The development of a rapid and accurate patient-specific dose calculation method that uses CT voxel data to compute absorbed radiation dose patients receive from kV x-ray imaging and therapy;
  • Radiobiology studies to investigate compounds that may increase the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy;
  • Evaluating the diagnostic and prognostic value of image analysis techniques applied to pathology tissue specimens of various cancers; 4) Investigating fractal analysis as a quantitative index for the degree of modulation of IMRT fields.

The areas of interest pursued in Dr. Sinha’s lab include:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Musculoskeletal system with focus on diffusion and strain rate tensor imaging of muscle;
  • Tensor based morphometric analysis of cross-sectional differences and longitudinal changes in cartilage in subjects with osteoarthritis;
  • Technical improvements in voxel based analysis of diffusion tensor indices and white matter fiber atlases–application to neurological conditions; 4) Relaxometry based 3D gel dosimetry for evaluation of dose distributions in deformable phantoms.
ACCREDITATION

We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). The accreditation was effective since January 2010.

         
         
CAMPEP Accredited MS in Medical Physics        
    2011-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16

16-17

Number of applicants each year   31 64 54 41 36 20
Number of students offered admission each year   25 20 15 11 22 18
Number of students matriculating each year   15 7 8 11 12 10
Number of students graduating each year   12 2 11 7 6**** 4
         
Number in residencies   4   2   1*****  
Number in industry         1 1***** 1
Number in clinical positions   3 1 4 4* 1*****  
Number in academic positions         1 1*****  
Number in PhD programs   4 1 1 1** 1***** 2
Number in other activities   1   4 1*** 1***** 1
         

(*) 3 Naval Medical Physicists (**) 1 PhD/junior physicist (***) 1 Intern at International Atomic Energy (****) 1 International Fulbright scholar (*****) Students graduating in May 2016