Dr. Kent A. Gifford
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Physics
- Treatment planning QA and commissioning
- Monte Carlo methods
- Deterministic radiation transport
- Radiation dosimetry
My research focuses on the application of radiation transport methods to radiotherapy calculations. Additionally, I have researched quality assurance aspects of treatment planning and radiation dosimetry. I have applied the Monte Carlo method to ascertain the effect of gynecological applicator shielding on dose to the bladder and rectum. Currently, I am investigating a novel deterministic technique to transport radiation that could prove to be more efficient than Monte Carlo while exhibiting the same level of accuracy. This would provide a significant benefit for treatment planning as well as optimization of radiation dose distributions.
Depending on the student’s interests, a tutorial in my laboratory would provide experience with Monte Carlo modeling and dose calculation, deterministic radiation transport, radiation dosimetry techniques, and/or radiotherapy quality assurance.