Medical Physics

Unit 5

UBCO researchers introduce system to measure radiation dose in 3D under deformable conditions

UBCO researchers introduce system to measure radiation dose in 3D under deformable conditions

UBCO Medical Physics faculty Andrew Jirasek and Michelle Hilts, along with University of Victoria PhD student Evan Maynard, have introduced a novel system to measure radiation dose in 3D under deformable conditions. The milestone was reached by building on the team's previous work in developing and optimizing a 3D radiation dose measurement tool called "gel […]

What would the world look like without Pi?

What would the world look like without Pi?

  By: Paula Tran Pi. The mysterious number and symbol you’ve known since elementary school. You probably know that pi is a ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. You likely also know that it is widely used in mathematics, and that there is a world record out there for the ability […]

Medical Physics students getting real-world experience

Medical Physics students getting real-world experience

New agreement struck between the BC Cancer Agency and UBC's Okanagan campus Real-world experience is important for any university student looking to enter the workforce, but it is especially important for medical physics students, whose careers might involve helping to deliver radiation treatment to cancer patients or researching new methods of delivery. An agreement signed […]

Mastering Data Science

New 10-month program to provide training in one of Canada’s fastest growing career fields A recent CBC article proclaimed data is now the world’s most valuable commodity, going so far as calling it as “the new oil.” That seems to confirm recent trends that show data scientists are in high demand and enjoy some of […]

Researchers receive UBCO Eminence Fund

Researchers receive UBCO Eminence Fund

Researchers in medical physics and statistics at UBC's Okanagan campus have been awarded funding through the Eminence Program to develop a cluster in medical physics and data analytics. Research clusters are interdisciplinary networks of researchers focused on solving key challenges facing society. Individually, the scholars are leaders in their areas expertise, and clustering enable them to […]

Quantifying brain cancer with MRIs

Quantifying brain cancer with MRIs

  A collaboration between Cornelia Laule from UBC Vancouver's Department of Radiology / Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries and Thor Bjarnason from UBC Okanagan as they co-authored a study on using quantitative T2 (qT2) MRI to characterize three different types of brain tumours. In this preliminary case study, the water microenvironments of glioblastoma, […]

UBCO research lab awarded grants to pursue critical medical imaging research

UBCO research lab awarded grants to pursue critical medical imaging research

Professor Jesse Tanguay’s research laboratory was recently awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant to pursue their research on “Medical imaging applications of next-generation spectroscopic x-ray detectors". In collaboration with medical physicists at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the Southern Interior and Interior Health, Dr. Tanguay and his students will use the NSERC funding to investigate new […]

In Memoriam: Dr. Blair Spearman

Flags at UBC Okanagan will be lowered on Friday, October 6, 2017, in memory of Dr. Blair Spearman, Professor of Mathematics in the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, who passed away on October 1, 2017. Dr. Spearman earned a PhD in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. After working for the […]

Brachytherapy Expertise Recognized in Faculty Role at 2017 AAPM Summer School

Brachytherapy Expertise Recognized in Faculty Role at 2017 AAPM Summer School

Every year, the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM) holds a professional development summer school for medical physicists. This year's theme was Clinical Brachytherapy Physics and was held June 10-14 in Portland, OR. UBCO's Dr. Deidre Batchelar was one of 20 faculty for the school. Dr. Batchelar led the creation of the HDR Prostate chapter for the course […]

Imaging Winter School

Imaging Winter School

Dr. Thor Bjarnason chaired the organizing committee for the eighth Canadian Organization of Medical Physicist’s Winter School, which took place last winter, February 2-5, 2017, in Montebello, Quebec. Attendees came from across Canada and the world, including medical physicists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, administrators, technologists, and government representatives and regulators. Topics included radiation safety for staff […]