In recognition of 2019 being the International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements, our scientific program theme is Elements and Interactions. Advancements in science, engineering and technology in medicine happen when many people work together. Individuals bring their skills to their multidisciplinary teams, and those teams interact with others to create opportunities for advancement.
Today is Medical Physics day! AKA the birth date of Marie Sklodowska-Curie, who on this day in 1867 was born in Warsaw, Poland. She is most famous for her contributions to medical physics: her discovery of polonium and radium in 1898; and her subsequent Nobel Prizes in 1903 and 1911. That makes today Medical Physics day!
It also means that EPSM, the annual Australasian medical physics conference, is about to convene. The conference will kick off with a welcome reception tomorrow at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Looking at the programme schedule, it appears we have 12 speakers from the Queensland state branch this year!
|14:15||Scott Crowe||Initiatives of the ACPSEM Queensland branch|
|16:00||Catherine Jones||Optimisation of EBT3 dosimetry for quality assurance of SRS and hypo-fractionated VMAT radiotherapy treatments|
|16:30||Scott Crowe||Women in medical physics: numbers in Australasia|
|17:15||Millicent Chan||Commissioning of the electron module in the Pinnacle3 treatment planning system|
|11:00||Scott Crowe||3D printing of air slab caps for correction free small field dosimetry|
|11:15||Tanya Kairn||Use of 3D printing to produce radiologically robust phantoms|
|14:30||Salma Ibrahim||Very small field dosimetry for Elekta Infinity with Agility MLC: diode design and field size reporting|
|17:00||Scott Crowe||On the selecton of gamma criteria|
|17:15||Catherine Jones||A phantom based study of the effect of intra-fraction motion on EPID dosimetry|
|10:15||Ian Smith||Evaluating the influence of radiographers on radiation use in cardiac angiography procedures|
|13:45||Sarah-Ellyana Aliuddin||Comparison of paediatric CT doses for common examinations in Queensland, Australia|
|11:00||Tanya Kairn||Achievable dose gradients in spinal radiotherapy treatments delivered via Tomotherapy|
The 25th ACPSEM Queensland branch symposium was held on the 28th August, 2015, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The day started with the 2nd ACPSEMQ winter school on introducing new technology in the clinic. Dr. Jonathan Sykes spoke on the topic before the DIMPs and ROMPs split up to attend workshops. The DIMPs visited the new PET/MR at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and enjoyed presentations from Prof. Ken Miles, Dr. Anders Rodell and Tale Liiv. The ROMPs split into groups for a series of commissioning challenges, where they were asked how they would implement: SRS with the GammaKnife (with Katrina Biggerstaff), SBRT with the Vero (with Scott Crowe), proton therapy (with Paul Charles), and MR linacs (with John Shakeshaft).
The symposium began after lunch with the invited speakers Dr. Jonathan Sykes and Prof. Dale Bailey. The proferred presentations started after afternoon tea, with Ben Perrett and Mikey Bernado awarded the Symposium prizes for best presentations, while Scott Crowe won the ‘best kept to time’ prize.
Tim Ireland was awarded the Bob Fitchew award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession, both in terms of physics support at the Gold Coast University Hospital, and his many contributions to the branch.
Just a reminder – the abstract submission deadline for the upcoming EPSM conference in Wellington is Wednesday 15th July. This deadline has already been extended once – don’t miss your chance! The EPSM 2015 conference will be held at the beautiful Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Abstracts can be submitted here.
The 2015 IUPESM World Congress will be hosted in Toronto from June 7th – 12th by the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists. The Congress will be co-chaired by David Jaffray (Medical Physics) and Tony Easty (Biomedical Engineering). The event is sponsored by the International Union of Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine and its member organizations: the International Organization for Medical Physics and the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Abstract submission opens in September 2014 (closing January 2015), and registration in October 2014. See the website for more details.