Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs

Title:

MR-LINAC: Facility Design, Installation, Commissioning and Go-Live

Speaker:

Dr. Michele Ferenci

Affiliation:

Chief of Medical Physics at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

When:

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00:00 AM   Add to Calendar

Where:

https://bluejeans.com/881360825/0794 Building

Host:

Nolan Hertel
dbrown360@gatech.edu
4043855502

Abstract

MR-LINAC: Facility Design, Installation, Commissioning and Go-Live MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT) is a very promising cancer treatment technology that is rapidly being adopted across the world. The technology combines Magnetic Resonance Imaging with a Linear Accelerator (MR-LINAC) to provide superior real-time soft-tissue visualization and tumor tracking during radiation treatment. Combining these modalities into a clinically usable device is an amazing physics and engineering feat. The challenges and considerations for facility design, installation and commissioning of a MR-LINAC are unfamiliar to most radiation oncology clinics. This presentation is a review of the Penn State experience.


Biography

Michele Sutton Ferenci received her PhD in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. She completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University in medical physics and joined their faculty in 2003. After working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University Hospitals of Cleveland, she joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA in 2008. Dr. Ferenci has been serving as the Chief of Medical Physics at Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2011. In this role, she has designed, installed, developed and implemented numerous technologies and treatment modalities in radiation oncology. Dr. Ferenci has been a very active member in professional societies including ANS, AAPM, ASTRO and ACR. She is currently a medical physics accreditation surveyor for the ACR, a member of the ACR Medical Physics Professional Economics Committee, a member of the AAPM Professional Council and the current chair of the AAPM Professional Economics Committee.