Validating a 2D scanning system for radiation shielding verification in medical imaging departments

The proper design and installation of lead shielding, required under SA Radiation Regulations, is an important aspect of radiation safety in medical imaging departments.  Various testing methods are available, but the radionuclide method lends itself to future automation.

The aim of this project is to assist in the validation of a 2D scanning system, that utilises a radionuclide/NaI probe-based method, to determines lead thickness and wall integrity.  The student will evaluate the various scanning factors (detector characteristics, scatter, scanner speed etc.) that influence the accuracy and reproducibility of the method – using both experimental methods and Monte Carlo (GEANT4) simulation. The basic simulation model will be provided, but will require further development/refinement.  As such, the project is suited to students with an interest in computing.

Research in medical physics operates in collaboration with Medical Physicists working in hospitals around Adelaide. One of the strengths of the program is it provides students with the opportunity to work in a clinical environment and to gain insight into the role of the Medical Physicist in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
An honours project in medical physics can provide an excellent introduction to a MPhil. or PhD in this field, and to a career in medical physics. The program is coordinated by Dr Jake Forster.

  • Research in radiation oncology medical physics is carried out in the Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
  • Research in diagnostic imaging medical physics, in both radiology and nuclear medicine, are available at South Australia Medical Imaging sites including the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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