GS02-1731 - Medical Physics Seminar

Schedule - Fall 2015
last revised 11/02/2015



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 9/14/15. 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.

Top 10 Do's and Don't's for Effective Presentations [link] - in the style of David Letterman (remember him?)

Course Schedule
Presenter Topic
Monday, 8/31


Course Introduction

Monday, 9/7

No class - Labor Day
Monday, 9/14

1. Ger

2. Mitcham

1. 3D Printed Patient Specific Phantoms for Radiation Therapy [link to Ger evaluation form]

2. Using photoacoustic imaging to determine blood oxygenation levels [link to Mitcham evaluation form]

Monday, 9/21

1. Alsanea

2. Weygand

1. Characterization of a commercial plastic scintillator [link to Alsanea evaluation form]

2. CEST [link to Weygand evaluation form]

Monday, 9/28

1. Salzillo

2. Ferrone

1. Phase contrast MRI techniques [link to Salzillo evaluation form]

2. Characterization and Imagery of Eye Abnormalities Experienced by Astronauts in Long-duration Space Flight [link to Ferrone evaluation form]

Monday, 10/5

1. Branco

2. Harrison

1. Comparison of Passive-Scattering and Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy and the induction of secondary cancer [link to Branco evaluation form]

2.Analysis of Cancer Metabolism by Imaging Hyperpolarized Nuclei: Prospects for Translation to Clinical Research? [link to Harrison evaluation form]

Monday, 10/12

1. Anderson

2. Aliru

1. Comparison of IMRT planning with two- and one- step optimization and radiation-induced second cancer risk [link to Anderson evaluation form]

2. How tumor vasculature affects tumor treatment [link to Aliru evaluation form]

Monday, 10/19

1. Stauduhar

2. Musall

1. Attenuation correction in PET/MR [link to Stauduhar evaluation form]

2. Comparison of MRI-based Methods for Noninvasive Mapping of Tumor Oxygenation. [link to Musall evaluation form]

Monday, 10/26

1. Cardenas

2. Bennett

1. Segmentation for RT [link to Cardenas evaluation form]

2. Effects of radiotherapy on cardiovascular implants [link to Bennett evaluation form]

Monday, 11/2

1. Wood

2. Newpower

1. Photoacoustic device development for improved PAUS imaging [link to Wood evaluation form]

2. Variable RBE for proton therapy [link to Newpower evaluation form]

Monday, 11/9

1. Michel

2. Carson

1. Immune cell tracking using MRI [link to Michel evaluation form]

2. Comparative Accuracy of Dose Calculation Algorithms for IMRT Measured with Thorax Phantoms [link to Carson evaluation form]

Monday, 11/16

1. Lopez

2. Ramezani

1. Low-dose molecular breast imaging [link to Lopez evaluation form]

2. 3D scintillation dosimetry [link to Ramezani evaluation form]

Monday, 11/23

1. Kim

2. Owens

1. Assessment of proton therapy RBE [link to Kim evaluation form]

2. Current status of scintillation dosimetry for megavoltage beams [link to Owens evaluation form]

Monday, 11/30

1. No class - RSNA meeting




Monday, 12/7

1. Flint

2. Final examination

1. Gold nanoparticle sensitization [link to Flint evaluation form]