Area of Research
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy has been used in the treatment of cancer for more than a century, and more accurate delivery of radiation dose directly impacts the success of radiation therapy in cancer treatment. Our research is focused on measuring radiation dose using scintillation detectors within the rapidly growing field of scintillation dosimetry. Our work ranges from basic research on scintillator properties to detector development and clinical applications aimed at verifying precise, accurate radiation dose delivery.
Radiation therapy includes delivery of photons or protons that can be externally delivered to a precise anatomical location within the body using computed tomography (CT) imaging, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, or prompt gamma imaging. Alternatively, internally delivered radiation, called brachytherapy, can treat certain types of cancer.
Our research incorporates six areas of investigation:
- Proton radiography and CT systems for image-guided proton therapy
- 3D liquid scintillator detectors for proton therapy dosimetry
- In vivo systems of dosimetry using plastic scintillators
- Plastic scintillators applicable for brachytherapy
- 4D MR imaging techniques for radiation therapy treatment planning
- Prompt gamma imaging for proton therapy
Our research team members are experts in these research areas and are Making Cancer History®.