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Special AMO/QO Physics Seminar

"Proton Computed Tomography and the Future of Ion Therapy"

Dr. Keith Schubert
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Baylor University


In 1946 by Robert Wilson, Ph.D., who later became the first director of Fermi National Accelerator, made the visionary suggestion to use protons to treat human cancer. Alan Cormack, the physicist who shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the development of x-ray computed tomography suggested that protons may in fact be more advantageous not only for treating but also for imaging human disease. Oddly, we are still awaiting the advent of a clinical proton CT scanner, but with the help from high-energy physics, mathematics, and computer science we are now getting close. In this presentation, I will give an overview of our development of the first proton CT scanner, our work on proton computed tomography, and future directions for proton CT and Ion Therapy in general.

Friday, November 22, 2013
IQSE 578, 1:45 PM
Mitchell Physics Building

Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

Host: Dr. Marlan Scully