BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS DEPARTMENT - RIYADH

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About

In 1985, the Biomedical Physics Department was created by amalgamating together the departments of Medical Physics, Health Physics and Gamma Irradiation Facility, which were among the first seven major divisions of the Research Centre at KFSH&RC. All three previous departments were reformed as sections of the Department. In the same year, the Electronics Section and a research laboratory for experimental therapy studies were established.  At present, the Department consists of five sections and four core facilities.

The Department mission is to seek, apply, and disseminate concepts and methods for effective and safe use of radiation in diagnosis and treatment of human diseases, and to continue improving and expanding such use through clinical research activities.

The Department is committed to providing high-quality physics support for the application of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation in clinical services to ensure the best health care possible for our patients. Enhancing their knowledge and skills through continuing education and training opportunities is also an important part of the department mission.

 

Principle Activates

  • Key role of our Radiation Oncology Physics team in the effective and safe clinical utilization of the six major radiotherapy treatment modalities namely, TomoTherapy, CyberKnife, TrueBeam, Mobetron, Nucletron HDR and IntraBeam Intraoperative Radiotherapy system for cancer patients. Our medical physicists and medical dosimetrists dealt with about 2000 cancer patients and a total of approximately 3,500 clinical dosimetry and treatment planning procedures were performed for radiation therapy patients.
    • Official Designation of KFSH&RC as the first IAEA Collaborating Centre in the Kingdom and in the region.
    • Official Launching of the first “IAEA/ARASIA Regional Residency Training Program for Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology”, at KFSH&RC. This is now being implemented in close collaboration with various leading health institutions in the Kingdom; King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy; and three ARASIA member states (Jordan, Qatar and Lebanon).
  • The residency program in Nuclear Medicine Physics which is supported by the IAEA and the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) this year and is under review.
    • Development and Recognition of staff expertise through the passing of internationally recognized board certifications. Ongoing in-house training, normally done through lengthy training programs abroad, that made a number of the Department staff board certified by internationally recognized board certifying bodies such as the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and Medical Dosimetry Certification Board (MDCB).
  • Leading of efforts for re-accreditation of our radiation physics procedures, machine output and the American RTOG protocols by the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core (IROC) of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Hosting of international conferences with over 100 speakers: ICRM2010, ICRM2012, and ICRM2014. Preparation for the ICRM2016 (www.radmed.org) has started. 
    • Co-Authoring the prestigious IAEA Postgraduate Medical Physics Academic Programs endorsed by the International Organization for Medical Physics.
    • Ongoing management as Principal Investigators of approved research projects funded by King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
    • Completion of the final report for KACST project entitled “Developing biological dosimeters for the assessment of radiation overexposure in nuclear accidents”.
  • Our KACST Biotechnology grant was scored highly (13/15) by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in USA, the publisher of the premier global Science weekly, and was designated a ‘model’ grant proposal for other researchers by the Director of KFSH&RC Biotechnology Unit.
  • Approval and recipient of the fund from KACST for our project titled: Advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).
    • Key role in several other major projects, including the mega Proton-Carbon Ion Therapy (PCIT) project as well as the radiological (radiology and radiotherapy) equipment procurement and shielding designs for King Abdullah Center for Oncology and Liver Diseases (KACO&LD).
    • Department staff members among the top 10 highest performers for the 2015 international radiotherapy plan challenge
    • Staff members have invited panelists to the SunNuclear webinar on achieving conformal plans using different treatment planning systems, http://planchallenge.sunnuclear.com/webinars.
    • Imaging Physics section staff wrote Chapter 15 titled “Devices for Evaluating Imaging Systems” in a book entitled “Nuclear Medicine Physics, A Handbook for Teachers and Students”, published by the IAEA.
    • Establishment of a reference national biodosimetry laboratory in Saudi Arabia to estimate radiation doses received in cases of accidental overexposure.
    • Training of IAEA fellowship recipient in the Department.

Education and Training

  • Programs and Workshops :
    • Abstracts/posters presentation in local, regional and international conferences.
    • Presentation of more than 100 lectures in academic teaching and seminars locally and internationally.
    • Review of manuscripts and research proposals
  • Training
    • Training and supervision MSc and PhD students and summer students under Ibn Sena research program in medical sciences.
    • Training of IAEA fellowship recipient in the Department.
    • The residency program in Nuclear Medicine Physics which is supported by the IAEA and the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) this year and is under review.
    • Completion of the 5-week Medical Physics and Radiation Protection Training Course for the Ministry of Health staff. Four groups were trained, each group had 25 trainees and they started from December 2014 until May 2015.
ADMIN Section - Riyadh
HEALTH PHYSICS SECTION - RIYADH
IMAGING PHYSICS SECTION - RIYADH
RADIATION BIOLOGY Section - Riyadh
RADIATION ONCOLOGY PHYSICS SECTION - RIYADH

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