Department of Physics and Engineering
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Medical Physics Projects

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Medical physicists are highly paid professionals who use nuclear radiation to diagnose and treat disease. Medical physicists work in nuclear medicine, radiation treatment of cancer, computerized tomography, and imaging by X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.

Amy Powelson (2006) and Mike Curry (2007) worked on research involving medical physics at Wesleyan. Amy measured the linear absorption coefficient of several isotopes commonly used in medical physics. Her project involved a scintillation sodium-iodide detector with computerized data acquisition. Amy is studying for an M.S. in Medical Physics at Vanderbilt University.

Mike studied the absorption of gammas from cadmium-109 in pork. He also used multiple sources to focus radiation on a region such as a tumor. Mike is studying for a Ph.D. in Medical Physics at East Carolina State Univerity.