Department of Imaging Physics

John D. Hazle, PhD

John D. Hazle, Ph.D.

The Department of Imaging Physics provides professional medical physics clinical services for imaging equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer throughout the institution. All of our clinical medical physicists are board certified and credentialed for independent practice in all specialty areas of medical imaging physics.

Our faculty are also recognized leaders in science and education related to biomedical imaging. These faculty conduct research in virtually all aspects of medical imaging, often in collaboration with other MD Anderson faculty.

We have graduate and post-graduate educational programs that are creating the next generation of healthcare professionals in the medical imaging sciences. The stated goals of these educational programs are to develop the leaders of the future.

We strive to be the best imaging physics department in the world and to serve MD Anderson with distinction.

Section Chiefs

Our Clinical Services

  • Equipment acquisition
  • Facility planning (including shielding design & verification)
  • Acceptance testing of new equipment (commissioning)
  • Image quality assurance, practice quality improvement and equipment performance (troubleshooting)
  • Imaging protocol development, management, and support
  • Medical imaging risk and safety management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Accreditation support

Imaging Physics faculty are assigned to be on call for all modalities (CT, MR, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, etc.) to provide professional medical physics support during clinic hours.


The mission of the Department of Imaging Physics is to provide high-quality professional medical physics services to enhance patient care, perform independent research in medical imaging sciences, support collaborative research using medical imaging technologies throughout the institution, and educate the next generation of healthcare professionals in the medical imaging sciences.


Our vision is to achieve this goal through a balanced approach to high-quality patient care support, innovative research, and superior educational programs. While striving for broad achievement in all areas, strategic corridors of excellence in each area have been defined and are subjected to continuous improvement.