MEDICAL PHYSICS
Research Group

Medical Physics

The Medical Physics Research Group comprises physicists based within the Radiation Oncology Department, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital. We are a member of the Centre for Information Based Medicine, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. We are closely aligned with the Prostate Cancer Trials Group and the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) which organise and conduct clinical trials throughout Australasia.

OBJECTIVES 

The group is concerned with the physics that underlies the practice of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. We aim through research to improve outcomes for cancer treatments, particularly through improving accuracy of current therapies, developing improved therapeutic techniques, and verifying accurate delivery of therapy. The group supervise students and postdoctoral researchers through the University of Newcastle. 

RESEARCH SUPPORT 

We currently hold major research funding from the NHMRC, and Cancer Council NSW. 

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS 

We have strong collaborative links with many centres: 

  • Australian eHealth Research Centre CSIRO ICT Centre, Brisbane 
  • The Institute of Medical Physics, University of Sydney 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA 
  • BC Cancer Agency 
  • CancerCare Manitoba 
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and St George Hospital 
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth

EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROJECTS 

  • Investigation of cone-beam CT scanning for adaptive planning of prostate radiotherapy. 
  • Mapping electron densities to MRI scans for dose planning using deformable image registration.
  • Investigation of imaging devices to measure dose delivery for complex radiation treatment patterns. 
  • Miniature LiF:Mg,Cu,P thermoluminescent dosimeters to verify new treatment protocols for high dose rate brachytherapy treatments. 
  • Development of novel dosimeters for verification of radiation treatments. 

RESEARCH OUTCOMES 

  • Our group has played a prominent role in the verification of dose delivery in clinical trials in Australia. 
  • We continue to make improvements for patient treatments in radiation oncology. 

GROUP MEMBERS 

RESEARCH TOPICS 

The major research interests of the group include: 

  • Imaging and treatment targeting 
  • Brachytherapy 
  • EPI dosimetry 
  • Monte-Carlo modelling 
  • Clinical trial dosimetry.

We welcome enquiries from potential students, sabattical physicists or potential collaborators.