Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

Dosimetric Properties of the Carbon Fiber Couch

Speaker:

Mr. George Andl

Affiliation:

Elekta

When:

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM

Where:

Boggs Building, Room 3-47 (3rd Floor)

Host:

Dr. Farzad Rahnema
farzad@gatech.edu
404-894-3731

Abstract

By default, radiation treatment planning systems fail to account for the patient immobilization/support devices during dose calculation. If the radiation enters these devices before striking the patient then these devices may attenuate the radiation and increase skin dose. Historically this has not been a large concern. However, the use of modern carbon fiber materials has renewed attention to this matter. For example, the creation of AAPM Task Group 176. After a brief review of the history of radiation therapy patient support materials, discuss how to mitigate or account for carbon fiber materials.


Biography

George Andl received his MS degree in medical physics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. George has characterized a wide range of linear accelerators and cobalt units for radiation treatment planning systems. His work includes DICOM connection/configuration to CT scanners, Virtual Simulation and Dose Comparison Systems and support for software product requirements, hazard analysis, code prototypes, and software validation.

Notes

Refreshments will be served.