Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

Proton Therapy Delivery Techniques and Advances

Speaker:

Mr. Jackson Renegar

Affiliation:

Provision Center for Proton Therapy

When:

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM

Where:

Boggs Building, Room 3-47

Host:

Dr. C-K Chris Wang
chris.wang@me.gatech.edu
404-894-3727

Abstract

We will cover different means of taking a proton pencil beam and spreading it to cover a clinical target volume. These methods include passive scattering, uniform scanning, and pencil beam (modulated) scanning. We will discuss the relative advantages, disadvantages, and applications of each, and their current and future role in the field.

The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is one of the industry pioneers in the use of pencil beam scanning. We will look at our experience transitioning to this new modality, and how we are using the new capabilities it provides to improve existing proton treatments, and expand proton treatment to include new disease sites, such as lung and breast cancer.


Biography

Jackson is a Georgia Tech graduate who completed his NRE degree in 2009 and his Masterís in Medical Physics in 2010. After graduation, he began working at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute in Virginia, and was involved in commissioning itís five rooms for clinical treatments. In 2014, he moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, to join the physics team at the Provision Center for Proton Therapy. There, he works with an innovative group of professionals to provide the best therapy possible using the latest technology. The group prides themselves on constantly learning and adapting their techniques to improve both effectiveness and efficiency.