UWA Medical Physics Blog

Category Archives: Clinical

The 2016 “Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine” (EPSM) conference was held in Sydney during November 6 – 10. On the final day, all delegates came together for a panel-led discussion to consider how medical physicists can adapt to the changing landscape of medicine, how they can make the patient journey as smooth as possibleRead more…

 

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We are pleased to congratulate Mr. Connor James Guilfoile for being awarded a Master of Physics -Medical Physics from the School of Physics, University of Western Australia. Connor was one of our hardworking students and a few weeks after graduation, he was accepted to enter the Radiation Oncology TEAP program at Genesis CancerCare WA. TheRead more…

 

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“On June 13, A/Prof Michael Jackson from Prince of Wales Hospital, New South Wales, presented on the potential role for protons and heavy ions for cancer therapy in Australia. The event was organised by the Radiation Oncology Workforce Western Australia consortium of state radiotherapy institutions, funded by WA Health’s Cancer and Palliative Care Network, andRead more…

 

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“What do I need to do to become a Medical Physicist?” and “What does a Medical Physicist do?” These are common questions we usually get from the students. The following diagram shows the eligibility requirements for entering the Medical Physics program at UWA and the usual career paths. Applicants from other majors or universities mayRead more…

 

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This week we welcome Dr Sarah Gulliford, Research Physicist from the Royal Marsden Hospital, who is visiting the Radiation Oncology group at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Prof. Martin Ebert and PhD students, Azrul Yahya and Calyn Moulton, visited collaborators at the Royal Marsden just over a year ago. Dr Gulliford works on outcomes analysis from trials for prostate and headRead more…

 

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Congratulations to Prof. Tim St Pierre and Research Assoc. Prof. Mike House, whose work in collaboration with Resonance Health Ltd. won the company the WA Innovator of the Year Overall Winner award for their HepaFat-Scan technology. This innovative technology provides a non-invasive measurement of human liver fat concentrations. News: Resonance Health – 2014 WA Innovator of the Year Overall Winner PerthRead more…

 

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The NHMRC have generously provided $535,000 in support of a research project being coordinated by Prof Martin Ebert. The project focuses on the use of radiotherapy for treating prostate cancer, where questions need to be answered regarding the relationship between radiographic identification of the prostate organ, the role radiotherapy treatment planning has in targeting theRead more…

 

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New to Perth, CyberKnife was first used here in April to treat patients. The radiotherapy treatment process requires a team of medical physicists, radiation therapists and doctors.  First the patient receives MRI or CT scans, on which the doctor outlines the target volume of the tumour. For the particular case the doctor decides whether CyberKnife is an appropriate technology. The doctor prescribes aRead more…

 

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Installed recently at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and in the past year at Curtin University, VERTTM is a virtual radiation therapy system. Simulating a machine used in radiotherapy treatments, the linear accelerator, VERT allows students to learn in a virtual, 2D or 3D setting before spending invaluable time on a real machine. Those studying medical physics and radiation therapy will have more opportunities forRead more…

 

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“CLEAR Study, an initiative of Cancer Council NSW, is an open access resource for cancer research studies. The CLEAR Study has collected data from over 10,000 people with and without cancer to provide a better understanding of the genetic and environmental causes of cancer in NSW. This information is available to the cancer research communityRead more…

 

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The ViewRay (TM) system, which provides the world’s first MRI-guided radiation therapy, enables clinicians to track the patient’s internal anatomy in real time whilst simultaneously administering radiotherapy treatment. Guided by MRI images, the radiation beams are kept on target, yet without additional markers or exposure to ionising radiation. A presentation on the ViewRay (TM) system will be held in Perth: 10:30 am, 20 June, 2014 MeetingRead more…

 

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The first CyberKnife system in Australia, installed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, was in the news last week with a government media statement and several media reports.  This follows upon the first treatments with the machine two weeks ago.  We will have further details in a future post. Cancer busting robot installed in Perth hospital Cyberknife $9 million CyberKnife unveiled at Sir CharlesRead more…

 

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On March 14-15 in Perth, medical physics clinical staff and registrars, academic staff and students participated in a workshop on ways to integrate Radiation Oncology clinical and research work.  The event included two research workshops, one held at each of Genesis Cancer Care and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, in which researchers presented their project and ideas.  FeedbackRead more…

 

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Western Australia will soon be equipped with one of the latest worldwide technologies for cancer treatments. The CyberKnife is a multi-million dollar system which is being installed in the department of Radiation Oncology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. The CyberKnife (Accuray Inc., Sunnyvale, CA) is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatmentRead more…

 

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