GS02-1731 - Medical Physics Seminar

Schedule - Fall 2016
last revised 11/07/2016



Mondays 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Please note that the first class will be held on Friday, September 2.

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 9/16/16. 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 (FCT6.5056) on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I am in my office on Fridays if I am giving a Med Phys I class on Friday.

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?)

Great cartoon related to oral presentations [link]

Course Schedule
Presenter Topic
Friday, 9/2


Course Introduction

Monday, 9/5

No class - Labor Day
Monday, 9/12

1. Lopez

2. Newpower

1. Background parenchymal uptake in molecular breast imaging [link to evaluation form]

2. Dependence of RBE on LET for proton beams [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 9/19

1. Bennett

2. Carson

1. Dosimetric variations between flattening filter free beams and conventionally flattened beams [link to evaluation form]

2. Tools for error detection in commercial treatment planning systems for external beam therapy [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 9/26

1. Wood

2. Ferrone

1. Development of photoacoustic imaging contrast agents [link to evaluation form]

2. Modifying radiation-induced cancer models for the space environment [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/3

1. Anderson


1. Automatic liver segmentation method in CT images [link to evaluation form]


Monday, 10/10

1. Netherton

2. Michel

1. Proper use of ion chambers during commissioning [link to evaluation form]

2. Methods for perfusion imaging using hyperpolarized MRI [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/17

1. Gates

2. Peters

1. Machine Learning for Analyzing Multiparametric Brain MRI [link to evaluation form]

2. 3D printed phantoms [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/24

1. Owens

2. Thompson

1. Automated segmentation of lung tumors [link to evaluation form]

2. Dose reduction to the heart during breast cancer radiotherapy [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 10/31

1. Li

2. McDonald

1. Robustness analysis of intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) plans [link to evaluation form]

2. Stereotactic radiosurgery for brain metastases [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/7

1. Baltz

2. Aliru

1. The use of 3D printed compensators and boluses for total body irradiation (TBI) [link to evaluation form]

2. Radiosensitization vs. Radioprotection [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/14

1. Ramezani

2. Musall

1. 3D dosimetry of proton beams [link to evaluation form]

2. Rotary scanning acquisition for portable MRI [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/21

1. Sanders

2. Owens - 2

1. Automated algorithm for quantifying spatial resolution in clinical CT images [link to evaluation form]

2. Cryoablation of renal cell carcinoma [link to evaluation form]

Monday, 11/28

No class - RSNA meeting


Monday, 12/5





  Final Examination You are to take the on-line final examination during the week of November 28 (earlier if you wish). Final examinations are due at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 30. You need to complete the final in order to pass this course. Here is a link to the final examination: [link to final examination]