PRIMPS 24, the first meeting in the “Progress and Research In Medical Physics Series” for 2018, was hosted by Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) on the afternoon/evening of 23rd March 2018. Most of the large crowd of visiting physicists from Brisbane and the Gold Coast arrived on a minibus hired for the occasion and were then treated to a tour of the impressive Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology facilities, and the beautiful buildings and gardens of SCUH, by Mikey Bernardo and Francis Gibbons. After the tour, we had the pleasure of listening to and learning from eight fascinating and friendly presentations:
- Lucy Cartwright of UNSW – KIM vs CBCT
- Daniel Serra of BTS – Pitfalls and issues in radiation shielding design
- Deborah Carrick of GCUH – ROLLIS (Radio-Occult Lesion Localisation using I-125 seeds)
- Elaine Ryan of BTS, working with University of Sydney – Improving the accuracy and reproducibility of breast tumour receptor status reporting using laser imaging
- Athreya Sherma Buddhavarapu of QUT, working with SCUH – QATrack+ and routine output QA
- Tanya Kairn of RBWH – Linac leakage dose measured using OSLDs
- Lynsey Hamlett of SCUH – The introduction and validation of a model basd dose calculation algorithm for brachytherapy
- Georgia Brown of PAH, working with RBWH and QUT – Dosimetric outcomes of respiratory gated breast radiotherapy
Scientific events were followed by drinks at a stylish venue just a few minutes walk from SCUH, with views onto an inlet of Lake Kawana, and then an informal dinner at a nearby Thai restaurant.
Many thanks go to Mikey Bernardo for organising this memorable PRIMPS event.