GS02-1731 - Medical Physics Seminar

Schedule - Fall 2013

last revised 10/18/2013



Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm
GSBS Large Classroom (BSRB3.8371)

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, 8/26


Course Introduction

Monday, 9/2

No class - Labor Day
Monday, 9/9

1. D Fried

2. M Jacobsen

1. Imaging Biomarkers in NSCLC: Can we extract more information from routinely obtained imaging? [link to Fried evaluation form]

2.Detection of hemorrhage with dual-energy CT [link to Jacobsen evaluation form]

Monday, 9/16

1. S Irwin

2. H Lee

1. 3D dosimetry with PRESAGE [link to Irwin evaluation form]

2. Using Monte Carlo Simulations to Calculate Ionization Chamber Correction Factors [link to Lee evaluation form]

Monday, 9/23

1. D Lewis

2. M Hsieh

1. Craniospinal irradiation in proton therapy [link to Lewis evaluation form]

2. Upright treatment with linear accelerator [link to Hsieh evaluation form]

Monday, 9/30

No class

Monday, 10/7

1. X Fave

2. J Gray

1. Methods for extending the FOV in CBCT and CT scans [link to Fave evaluation form]

2. The use of hollow gold nanoshells in laser ablation thermal therapy and the targeted release of chemotherapeutic drugs [link to Gray evaluation form]

Monday, 10/14

1. S Lampe

2. S Loupot

1. Calibrations of HDR Ir-192 Sources: Comparisons of Methods and Source Models [link to Lampe evaluation form]

2. Radiation therapy accidents [link to Loupot evaluation form]

Monday, 10/21

1. O Popnoe

2. M McInnis

1. Thermoluminescent dosimeter response to various energies [link to Popnoe evaluation form]

2. Optimizing characterizations of OSLDs to predict photon response.  [link to McInnis evaluation form]

Monday, 10/28

1. A Steinmann

2. D Mitchell

1. Validation of dynamic contrast enhanced CT using a phantom [link to Steinmann evaluation form]

2. Parotid gland response to radiation therapy [link to Mitchell evaluation form]

Monday, 11/4

No class


Monday, 11/11

1. W Siman

2. R McCarroll

1. Energy window optimization in SPECT imaging [link to Siman evaluation form]

2. Dynamic Nuclear Polarization, Hyperpolarized Substances, and their use in Metabolic Imaging [link to McCarroll evaluation form]

Monday, 11/18

1. D Craft

2. D Choi

1. Osteoradionecrosis of the mandible [link to Craft evaluation form]

2. Introdouction to Cyberknife radiation therapy [link to Choi evaluation form]

Monday, 11/25

No class.

Final exam due December 2, 2013. [link to final examination]

Monday, 12/2
No class