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Radiation Physics Research Laboratories
Information for potential graduate students, who are interested in Radiation Physics Research.
Our group applies physical principles and new technologies to clinical problems arising from treatment of cancer using radiation therapy. While the research often has immediate applications, we emphasize the understanding of the fundamentals of radiation therapy and imaging physics to solve these clinical problems. We have established strong links with the Robarts Research Institute to encourage collaboration in imaging research as it applies to radiation therapy. We have also established strong commercial links to turn our ideas into clinically usable products.
The laboratories are located at the London Regional Cancer Program (LRCC) on the Victoria-West Campus of the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). While the research laboratories are located on the fourth floor, students have access to equipment located throughout the Centre. The irradiation facilities include radio-isotope machines (60Co), small radionuclide seeds (137Cs, 192Ir, 198Au), low-energy X-ray sources (40-125 kVp), and linear accelerators which produce X-ray and electron beams with energies up to 20 MeV. Computer resources include a cluster of workstations (VAX, SUN, PC's) and special software packages (e.g., EGS4 Monte Carlo code) for the modelling of interactions of radiation with matter. Radiation dosimetry equipment includes ionisation chambers, semi-conductors, film, radiochromic gels, scintillators, thermoluminescence detectors, and calorimeters. Specialized radiation sensors such as a high purity germanium spectrometer are also available.
London, Ontario has a long-standing research tradition in radiation therapy.