MEDCIAL PHYSICS DEPARTEMENT
History of Department:- The intense application of ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer led to the necessity of Medical Physics as a distinctive speciality in medical sciences. The hospital has been upgraded as a Regional Cancer Centre during September 2005 equipped with the sophisticated radiotherapy equipments such as linear accelerator, CT simulator, Treatment Planning System and HDR brachytherapy equipment
M.Sc (Medical Physics) course of three year duration was started in the year 2009 under the affiliation of The TamilnaduDr. MGR Medical University, Chennai. Medical Physics department was created as per Govt LetterNo. 15088/Ji/2014-3 dated 16-09-2014 to comply with the regulatory requirements of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai .
1. Mr. N. Surendran, M.Sc., M. Phil. – Professor of Radiology Physics
2. Mrs. B. Gowri, M.Sc - Assistant Professor of Radiology Physics
3. Dr. A.Gopiraj, M.Sc., Ph.D – Assistant Professor of Radiology Physics
4. One vacant post - Assistant Professor of Radiology Physics.
Functions of the Department
1. Simulation and Radiotherapy Treatment Planning for External Beam Therapy and Brachytherapy patients.
2. Acceptance testing, Commissioning of Radiotherapy Equipments
3. Daily and Periodic Quality Assurance of Teletherapy and Brachytherapy Equipments as per AERB requirements.
4. Periodic Calibration of Radiotherapy Equipments.
5. Periodic Radiation Survey of Radiation installation to assess its radiation safety.
6. To maintain the personnel monitoring dose records of radiation workers
7. To teach M.Sc (Medical Physics) students.
1. IBA Dose 1 electrometer along with 0.6cc ionization chamber and parallel plate chamber for calibration of Teletherapyequipments
2. UnidosE electrometer along with well type chamber for calibration of brachytherapy source
3. Radiation Field Analyser
4. I-matrix for verification of IMRT plans
5. Radiation Survey meter both GM based and pressurized ionization chamber
6. Farmer dosimeter with 0.6 cc chamber
7. Diagnostic Quality Assurance Kit
8. GM counting systems
9. Thermoplastic sheets with water bath
Presented papers in National and State conference in Medical Physics.
Dr. A. Gopiraj, Assistant Professor of Radiology Physics was awarded a fellowship grant by International Union for Cancer, to do the work in Portal Dosimetry in the University of Minnesota, United States of America.