Division of Medical Physics

Program Graduates

MSBS program

 Year  Name Thesis topic Major Advisor 
2001 Dorbu, Gorwin Comparison of AAPM's Protocol TG-51 with TG-21 for Clinical Reference Dosimetry E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2002 Payette, Craig Calibration and Dosimetric Evaluation of the New 0.5cm HDR Iridivm-192 Service Using Computations of Monte Carlo and Measurement Techniques E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2002 Froehlich, Ronald Measurement and Analysis of Surface Dose and Buildup Region for Photons and Electrons on the Varian Clinac 1800 E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2002 Harjinder, Khaira Performance Review of Commercially Available computed Tomography Systems Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2003 Alkaissi, Ali Verification of Measured Beam Characteristics for Small Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fields using Various Ionization Chambers and Radiochromic Film Compared with Monte Carlo Technique E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2003 Gopalakrishnan, Mahesh Verification of Dose in Region Above Dmax for Clinical Photon Beams Using an Extrapolation and a Parallel Plate Chamber, Compared with Monte Carlo Simulation E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2003 Priyadershi, Abhinit Comparative Analysis in Calibration of Superficial X-ray Therapy Unit Using Various Ionization Chambers E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2004 Bodiker, Goldie FMRI Analysis of Inverted and Non-inverted Left-handed Subjects During Language Tasks Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2004 Chen, Chen ATechnique to Measure and Compensate for Prostate Movement for Patients Receiving Daily IMRT Treatment Using BAT System Compared with EPID E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2005 Earla, Janika The Assessment of the Effect of Cancer and Its Treatment on PET Scan F-18 FDG Tracer Distribution in Pre- And Post-Treatment and Its Relation to Myocardial Tissue Uptake Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2005 Bishwakala, Arua Evaluation of Scatter Distribution through Segmented IMRT Fields in Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2005 Adhikary, Kalyan Development of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) Software and Databases for Radiation Therapy Applications E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2005 Lee, Chul Acceptance Testing, Beam Modeling and Commissioning of 10 MV and 18 MV Photon Beams for Radiation Oncology Applications E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2005 Khadija, Murshed AComparative Analysis Between Conventional MLC Based and Solid Compensator Based IMRT Treatment Techniques. A Clinical Review After 5 Years. E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2005 Borrelli, Leonard APositron Emission Tomography System Comparison Utilizing the American College of Radiology Accreditation Phantom Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2006 Deanna. Julie Commissioning Enhanced Dynamic Wedges on a Varian 2100 C/D Machine E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2006 Hill, Todd Neutron Fluence Measurements of the Siemens Oncor Linear Accelerator Utilizing Gold Foil Activation E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2006 Reinick, Ian Retrospective study of a breast-conserving surgery with intra-operative radiotherapy, the UT-HSC experience E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2007 Patel, Chet Commissioning and Acceptance Testing of an IMRT System E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Thirunelli, Peter Electron Arc Therapy: Physical measurement and Calibration E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Bugno, Jake Development and Implementation of GafChromic EBT In-Vivo personal Dosimetry System E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Chan, Phillip Dosimetric Verification of the ADAC Pinnacles Pencil Beam Algorithm for Clinical Electrons in Presence of Cerrobend Blocking E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Carroll, Timothy Calculation of the 10th value layer of 5% borated Polyethylene for Neutron Spectrum emitted from an 18 MV Elekta Accelerator Head and for the Neutron Spectrum Found at the entrance of a Treatment Room E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Khan, Nadeem Dosimetric Calculation of Thermo Brachytherapy Seed:  A Monte Carlo Study E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Hack, Joshua Development and Implementation of Quality Assurance Standards for External Beam Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Merz, Brandon Dosimetric Comparison of Superficial X-rays and a Custom HDR Surface Applicator for the Treatment of Superficial Cancers E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2008 Walton, Dean Effect of Slit Scan Imaging Techniques on Image Quality in radiotherapy Electronic Portal Imaging Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2010 Herrick, Andrea A Dosimetric Analysis of Heterogeneity Corrections of Three Treatment Planning Algorithms E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2010 Gordon, Ian Feasibility Study of Intensity Modulation for Low Dose Rate External Beam Radiation Therapy E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2010 Pichler, Joseph IMRT plan delivery verification utilizing a spiral phantom with radiochromic film dosimetry E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2010 Bismack, Brian Implementation of the Dosimetry Check software package in computing 3D patient exit dose through generation of a deconvolution kernel to be used for patients' IMRT E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2010 Detwiler, Jordyn Dosimetric Evaluation of Three Partial Breast Irradiation Devices and the Dosimetric Effect of Tissue Thickness Surrounding a Multi-Lumen Partial Breast Applicator David Pearson, Ph.D
2010 Patel, Jalpa Commissioning, Acceptance Testing, and Implementation of an EPID Based IMRT QA System “Dosimetry Check” and Quantitative Comparisons to MapCheck E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2011 Horne, Stephanie Analysis of Irregular Surfaces with the Leipzig and Valencia HDR Skin Applicators Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2011 Sherman, Justin The Comparison of Dose Modification Factors for Two Multi-Lumen Brachytherapy Applicators used in Partial Breast Irradiation David Pearson, Ph.D
2011 Rhodes, Charles Development of an Automated Program for Calculating Radiation Shielding in a Radiotherapy Vault E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2012 Dickerson, Edward Quantitative Analysis of the Head Scatter and Jaw Transmission Correction Factor for Commissioning of Enhanced Dynamic Wedge Fields Using a MapCHECK 2 Diode Array Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2012 Williams, Eric Dose Modification Factor Analysis of Multi-Lumen Brachytherapy Applicator with Monte Carlo Simulation David Pearson, Ph.D
2012 Hancock, George Development of a Comprehensive Linac-based Quality Assurance Program for a Retrofitted Micro-MLC SRS Systems David Pearson, Ph.D
2012 Soni, Neelu Quantitative Assessment of the Source Attenuation for the New CT-compatible Titanium Fletcher-Suit-Delclos (FSD) Gynecologic Applicator E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2012 White, Todd A Novel Device for Delivering Combined Partial Breast Irradiation and Partial Breast Hyperthermia E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2013 Koontz, Craig Monte Carlo Investigation on the Effect of Heterogeneities on Strut Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) Dosimetry David Pearson, Ph.D
2013 Hudson, Jason Image-Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy: Retrospective Study and Assessment of Clinical Workflow David Pearson, Ph.D
2013 Davenport, David Development of a Quality Assurance Procedure for Dose Volume Histogram Analysis Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2013 Fentner, David A Comparative Image Quality Analysis between Multi-Slice Computed Tomography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Radiation Treatment Planning Purposes Michael Dennis, Ph.D
2013 Hill, Nichole Dosimetric Verification of Respiratory-Gated Radiation Therapy using a Dynamic Phantom for Commissioning the Varian Real-Time Position Management System E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2013 Walker, Justin The Use of an On-Board MV Imager for Plan Verification of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and Volumetrically Modulated Arc Therapy E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2014  Dalhart, Adam A Verification of Dose Deformation and Treatment Planning Software in the Evaluation of Dose to Targets and Normal Structures in SBRT Patients David Pearson, Ph.D
 2014  Dance, Michael A Comparative Analysis for Verification of IMRT and VMAT Treatment Plans using a 2-D and 3-D Diode Array E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2014 Leheta, Dimitra Acquisition and Analysis of Megavoltage Linac Beam Transmission Data for Direct Verification of Photon Spectra Models in a Treatment Planning System Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2014 Gill, Sukhdeep A Study of Evaluation of the Optimal PTV Margins for Patients Receiving Prostate IGRT Based on CBCT Data Dose Calculation David Pearson, PhD
2014 Cotton, Andrew Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Default Mode Network Connectivity Following a Motor Vehicle Collision Michael Dennis, Ph.D
 2015  Ulizio, Vincent The Dosimetric Importance of Six Degree of Freedom Couch End to End Quality Assurance for SRS/SBRT Treatments When Comparing Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy to Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy David Pearson, Ph.D
 2015  Mathew, Damien Polarity Effects from Vertically-Mounting Small Volume Ionization Chambers for Reference Dosimetry of Small-Fields Nicholas Sperling, Ph.D
 2015  Macey, Nathaniel Evaluation of a MapCHECK2™ Diode Array for High Dose Rate Brachytherapy QA Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
 2015  AlSharif, Fatima The Dosimetric Effect of the MLC Leaf Width in Arc Therapy Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
 2015  Alahmad, Haitham Evaluation of Phantoms Used in Image Quality Performance Testing of Dental Cone Beam Comuted Tomography Systems E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2015  Gray, Tara The Limit of Resolution and Detectability of the ArcCHECK QA Phantom in Small Field Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Quality Assurance David Pearson, Ph.D
 2015  Alkhurayji, Hanoof Dosimetric Analysis of the Effect of Tissdue Heterogeneity Corrections in Two Different Treatment Planning Algorithms in Sample Lung SBRT Treatment Plans Nicholas Sperling, Ph.D
 2015  Bejarano-Buele,   Ana Comparison of Radiation Treatment Plans for Breast Cancer Between 3D Conformal in Prne and Supine Positions in Contrast to VMAT and IMRT Supine Positions E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016  Alarady, Mamdooh Comparative Characterization of Image Quality of Multi-Slice Computed Tomography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Clinically Used Protocols in Radiation Therapy E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016  Alsanea, Maram The Effect of Metal on Size Specific Dose Estimation (SSDE) on CT: A Phantom Study E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016  Ajo, Ramzi A Dosimetric Evaluation of the Eclipse and Pinnacle Treatment Planning Systems in Treatment of Vertebral Bodies Using IMRT and VMAT with Modeled and Commissioned Flattening Filter Free Fields E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016 Aldokhail, Abdullah Automated Signal-to-Noise Analysis for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using a Noise Distribution Model E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016 Luttrell, Kyle An Investigation of Dose Reduction in Head and Neck CT with the Use of Organ Exposure Modulation E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016 Karakas, Zeynep Comparative Motion and Dosimetric Analysis of Organs at Risk Near Pancreatic Tumors Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy with and without Abdominal Compression Using 4DCT Data Sets David Pearson, Ph.D
 2016 Arora, Vidheesha An Investigation of the Polarty Effects in Small Fields Based on the Evaluation of the Micro-Ionization Chambers Nicholas Sperling, Ph.D
 2016 Staley, Noah An Investigation into the Accuracy of the Photon Beam Model used in the Pinnacle Treatment Planning System and Its Effects on Treatment Planning Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2017 Qureshi, Aleem A Novel Equivalent Squares Formalism for Use in Small Field Dosimetry Nicholas Sperling, Ph.D.
2017 Muenkel, Jessica An Evaluation of the Dose to the Spinal Cord for SBRT Spine Patients and the Role of MRIs David Pearson, Ph.D.
2017 Lavvafi, Hossein *Scholarly Project* Reducing Radiation Exposure to the Rectum During Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy Using NiTi Shape Memory Alloy E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2017 Liu, Chenguang Dosimetric Evaluation and Verification of Respiratory Motion Management System in Radiation Oncology E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2017 Wan, Jui Exploring RayStation Treatment Planning System=Commissioning Varian TrueBeam Photon and Electron Energies, and Feasability of Using Photon Beam to Deliver Conventional Flat Beam E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
2018 Kunz, Jeremy A Monte Carlo Model of the Varian Edge Linear Accelerator Using MCNP Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2018 Short, Wesley Evaluating the Dosimetric Accuracy of Small Gating Windows in Radiotherapy Nicholas Sperling, Ph.D
2018 Yates, Justin Retrospective Dosimetric Comparison of MLC Defined Conformal Arc to Stereotactic Cone Plans for Single Fraction SRS on the Varian Edge David Pearson, Ph.D
2019 Oakey, Mary Developing a Quantitative Means for Evaluating Single Isocenter Multi-Target SRS Plans David Pearson, Ph.D
2019 Langmack, Christian Dosimetric Properties of Muons for Radiation Therapy Application Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
2019 Balyimez, Serkan Quantitative Analysis of Bony Anatomy vs Soft Tissue Matching Using CBCT in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D

PhD program

 Year  Name Thesis topic Major Advisor
1995 Chan, Maria Confirmation of Target Localization and Dosimetry for Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning by Magnetic Resonance Scanning of a Ferrous Sulfate Gel Head Phantom Ayyangar Komanduri, PhD
 1998 Pawlicki, Todd Application of a new mixed-simulation Monte Carlo Code System to electron beam radiotherapy treatment planning with computed tomography Ayyangar Komanduri, PhD
 1998 Price, Robert Jr The Measurement, Analysis, and implementation of Electron Beam Data Utilized for Interoperative Radiation Therapy at the Medical College of Ohio Ayyangar Komanduri, PhD
 1998 Jiang, Steve B. Development of a Compensator Based Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy System Ayyangar Komanduri, PhD
 2004 Li, Jun Analysis of Dose Characteristics From Beveled Applicators in Intra‑operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Water Scan Measurement and Film Dosimetry E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2004 Rakowski, Joseph Mammography Tomosynthesis Using a Coupled Source and Detector in a C-arm Configuration Michael Dennis, Ph.D
 2005 Hodges, Gregory Measurements of Total Cross Sections on the n=2 Excitation of Helium from the Impact of 10-25 keV Protons Thomas Kvale, Ph.D /
Michael Dennis, Ph.D.
 2006 Zhang, Zhengdong Three-dimensional quantitative dose reduction analysis in MammoSite balloon by Monte Carlo calculations E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2008 Kang, Jun Thin film CdTe as a high energy X-ray photon detector material for medical application E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2008 Pearson, David Evaluation of Dosimetric Properties of 6 MV& 10 MV Photon Beams From a Linear Accelerator with no Flattening Filter E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2011 Xiance, Jin Evaluation of large area polycrystalline CdTe detector for diagnostic X-ray imaging E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2012 Gautam, Bhoj Study of Dosimetric and Thermal Properties of a Newly Developed Thermo-brachytherapy Seed for Treatment of Solid Tumors E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2013 Sperling, Nicholas An Algorithm for the Reconstruction of an Entrance Beam Fluence Using Virtual Exit Electronic Portal Images E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2014 Paudel, Nava Nanoparticle-aided Radiation Therapy: Micro-dosimetry and Evaluation of the Mediators Producing Biological Damage Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
 2015 Tanny, Sean Investigation of Radiation Protection Methodologies for Radiation Therapy Shielding Using Monte Carlo Simulation and Measurement E. Ishmael Parsai, Ph.D
 2016 Warrell, Gregory Computational and Experimental Evaluations of a Novel Thermo-Brachytherapy Seed for Treatment of Solid Tumors Diana Shvydka, Ph.D
Last Updated: 6/27/22