GS02-1731 - Medical Physics Seminar

Schedule - Fall 2014

last revised 9/15/2014



Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Class Structure:


Dr George Starkschall, course coordinator
(713) 563-2537


The class will be graded on a pass/fail basis. To pass, you must do the following:

Presentation Guidelines:

Each student will present to the class a 20-minute oral presentation on any topic of his/her choosing in medical physics.  The presentation must include information from at least two articles in the peer-reviewed literature.  Such journals may include, but are not limited to, Medical Physics, Physics in Medicine and Biology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, etc. Students are encouraged to seek a faculty mentor for guidance.

Once you have selected a topic, relevant papers, and a faculty consultant, e-mail that information to me no later than 9/14/12. Please email me a copy of the papers you have chosen.  Topics will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Although highly unlikely, you will be asked to select another topic if your topic has already been selected.  Second-year students should pick a topic related to their research project.  First-year students should schedule an appointment with me if you have difficulty getting started. E-mail me to schedule an appointment. I am typically in the office (FCT14.5042) on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

Remember that in your presentation you should give an introduction to the area of medical physics your papers address, as the material will likely be new to most students. Prepare a short abstract (approximately 300 words) of your presentation to be handed out before you start your presentation. This abstract cannot be a copy of the abstracts of papers you are reviewing! Excerpts of the papers reviewed and/or background material can also be provided to classmates (5-page maximum), if desirable.

In addition to presenting the information in the papers, your presentation should include a critique of the work, and an indication of how the papers are related.

The following slide describes a format for your presentation: [link]

Hints on Presentation:

There are many resources that provide guidance to making a good presentation. Some of these resources even agree with one another. Here are links to a few of them:

Public Speaking Review [link] - This was prepared by Dr Almond, my predecessor in teaching this course.

Guidelines for Oral Presentations [link] - Ohio Wesleyan University

Oral Presentation Advice [link] - University of Wisconsin-Madison

15 Strategies for Giving Oral Presentations [link] - US News and World Report

ADA and PowerPoint [link] - I prepared this one a few years ago, after attending a short course on teaching, and one of the participants advised our group how difficult it is for color-blind people to view many PowerPoint presentations.

Course Schedule
Presenter Topic
Monday, 8/25


Course Introduction

Monday, 9/1

No class - Labor Day
Monday, 9/8

1. Angela Steinmann

2. Carlos Cardenas

1. MR Linac [link to Steinmann evaluation]

2. Neutron dosimetry in modern linear accelerators [link to Cardenas evaluation]

Monday, 9/15

1. Daniel Craft

2. Sara Loupot

1. Retrospective full-body dosimetry for epidemiological studies [link to Craft evaluation]

2.Biomagnetic imaging [link to Loupot evaluation]

Monday, 9/22

1. Diane Choi

2. Olivia Popnoe

1. 3D dosimetry using PRESAGE [link to Choi evaluation]

2. Virtual non-contrast imaging using dual energy CT: A comparison of methodologies [link to Popnoe evaluation]

Monday, 9/29

1. Harlee Harrison

2. Fahed Alsanea

1. Breast dose reduction techniques for CT examinations [link to Harrison evaluation]

2. Radiation acoustics [link to Alsanea evaluation]

Monday, 10/6

1. Joseph Weygand

2.Trevor Mitcham

1. Carbon ion therapy [link to Weygand evaluation]

2.Photoacoustic imaging [link to Mitcham evaluation]

Monday, 10/13

1. Drew Mitchell

2. Rachel McCarroll

1. An introduction to computational harmonic analysis [link to Mitchell evaluation]

2. Hypofractionated radiotherapy treatment schemes in prostate cancer [link to McCarroll evaluation]

Monday, 10/20

1. Daniela Branco

2. Joshua Gray

1. Sequencing of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in breast cancer [link to Branco evaluation]

2. Nanoparticle-mediated targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic compounds [link to Gray evaluation]

Monday, 10/27

1. Paul Stauduhar

2. Mattie McInnis

1. Image-guided focused ultrasound therapy [link to Stauduhar evaluation]

2. CT calibration in proton therapy [link to McInnis evaluation]

Monday, 11/3

1. Rachel Ger

2. Travis Salzillo

1. Imaging for microbeam radiation therapy [link to Ger evaluation]

2. Entropy in image processing [link to Salzillo evaluation]

Monday, 11/10

1. David Flint


1. OSL and gel dosimeters [link to Flint evaluation]


Monday, 11/17





Monday, 11/24





Monday, 12/1