Dr. David S. Followill
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Physics
My research interests focus on the activities of the Radiological Physics Center (RPC). Supported by the NCI and several other grants/contracts, the RPC is responsible for monitoring radiotherapy facilities participating in inter-institutional cooperative clinical trials funded by the NCI. In collaboration with Drs. Stephen Kry and Geoffrey Ibbott (this department), my efforts are directed at improving quality assurance audits and minimizing dosimetry errors encountered at the participating facilities, improving the delivery of radiation doses using advanced technologies and developing QA audits for proton therapy. My group of physicists are focused on the design and development of quality assurance tools and methods to improve the radiation dosimetry for clinical trials. Another interest of mine involves the calculation and measurement of radiation doses outside of the primary treatment field and then correlating those doses with secondary effects.
Depending on the student's interest, a tutorial in my laboratory would provide experience with radiation dosimetry/measurements, QA phantom design, the compilation and analysis of generic trend data for use a QA tools, the measurement of doses outside of the primary treatment field and development of software tools to analyze radiation dosimetry data gathered from use of our anthropomorphic phantoms.
Office: MDA ERD1.325 (Unit 607)
Ph.D. - The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston - 1991