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.
Our 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.
We are 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 our knowledge and skills through continuing education and training opportunities is also an important part of our mission.
- 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. Activities are ongoing which include conducting of a joint KFSH&RC and IAEA Workshop entitled QUATRO and QUADRILL workshops.
- 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).
- Ongoing activities for the first “IAEA/ARASIA Regional Residency Training Program for Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology at KFSH&RC”. Two IAEA recommended residents and one recommended by Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Health have completed their Medical Physics residency training in the department.
- 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.
- Participated in the IAEA code of practice of small beam dosimetry that will start soon.
- Development and Recognition of staff expertise through passing of internationally recognized board certifications. Ongoing in-house training, normally done through a 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).
- Biomedical Physics of KFSH&RC-Jeddah has been under the supervision of the Biomedical Physics Department, KFSH&RC-Riyadh.
- 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, ICRM2014. Preparation for the ICRM2016 (www.radmed.org) has started.
- Primary organizer of the 2015 Radiation in Medicine Symposium and Workshops
- 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.
- 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 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 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).
- Major upgrade of the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) which will allow our SSDL facility to continue to play a major role in providing secondary standard calibration across the Kingdom since our facility is the only facility in the Kingdom that is part of the IAEA/WHO Network for Secondary Standard Dosimetry Calibration laboratories. The SSDL Co-60 radiotherapy calibration facility is the first of its kind in the Gulf region. Our services are utilized by over two hundred clients throughout the Kingdom, some of which are from governmental agencies and others are from private sector.
- Upgrading of the Cobalt-60 calibration unit which include installations of Optical Distance Indicator, digital field size indication system, Central Beam Axis laser and monitoring system (camera + monitor)
- Establishment of Therapy level calibration capabilities which include Commissioning of the therapy level calibration unit, upgrading of the Cobalt-60 calibration unit and establishment of calibration procedures of ionization chamber used in radiotherapy in terms of absorbed dose to water.
- Establishment of radiation protection and diagnostic radiology calibration capabilities
- RSO successfully demonstrated to the national regulatory body, KA-CARE, our continuous eligibility to maintain our license to operate a radiotherapy facility and a Scientific Research Facility. The RSO has also submitted the necessary paper work to KA-CARE in order to prove our continuous eligibility to maintain our license to operate a Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory, a health physics lab where Leak test are performed and a personal dosimetry Lab.
- Radiation Safety office performed intensive shielding verification for the new nuclear medicine and diagnostic facilities established at King Abdullah Center for Oncology and Liver Diseases.
- Department staff members among the top 10 highest performers for the 2015 international radiotherapy plan challenge
- Staff members were 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.
- Radiation Physics Oncology staff Co-author of Chapter 11 in a book entitled “Radiation Protection in medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology”, CRC Press, Florida.
- Acceptance Testing of SPECT-CT Gamma Camera for KFSH&RC-Jeddah.
- Acceptance Testing of Dose Calibrators.
- Acquiring of new and renewal of K.A. CARE licenses to import radioactive materials.
- Publication titled Dosimetry of Biological Irradiations Using Radiochromic films in the Phys. Med. Biol.
- Acceptance of abstract titled “Automated Analysis of Metastatic Involvement in Bone Using Anatomical and Functional Information from FDG PET/CT Images” for oral presentation for the RSNA meeting in USA.
- Establishment of a reference national biodosimetry laboratory in Saudi Arabia to estimate radiation doses received in cases of accidental overexposure.
- Publication of manuscript in peer reviewed specialized international journals and in conference proceedings.
- Abstracts/posters presentation in local, regional and international conferences.
- Publication of public news to disseminate research results that appeared in national news papers
- Training and supervision MSc and PhD students and summer students under Ibn Sena research program in medical sciences.
- Presentation of more than 100 lectures in academic teaching and seminars locally and internationally.
- Membership of editorial board of journals
- Review of manuscripts and research proposals
- Training of IAEA fellowship recipient in the Department.
Certificates and Awards
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Collaborating Centre Quality Assurance in Radiation Medicine
- Quality Assurance Review Center (QARC) Certification on 3D Conformal Benchmark for Eclipse Treatment Planning System.
- Accreditation of our radiation physics procedures, machine output and the American RTOG protocols by the Radiological Physics Center of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
- ISO 9001:2008 Certification for the Gamma Irradiation Facility.
- King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewal Energy (K.A.CARE) Certification for Nuclear Medicine
- K.A.CARE License Certificate for Thermoluminescent Dosimetry Services
- K.A. CARE License Certificate for Calibration Services
- K.A.CARE License Certification for Gamma Irradiation Services
- K.A. CARE License Certification for Radiation Therapy
- K.A. CARE License Research and Radiation Protection
- K.A. CARE License for Radiation Safety
- K.A. CARE License for Transportation of Dangerous Godds
- K.A. CARE License for Production of Isotopes
- K.A. CARE License for Measurements of Radiation Leakage
- K.A. CARE License for Training of Radiation Protection Officers
Belal Moftah, PhD, FCCPM
Chairman, Biomedical Physics Department, MBC# 03
Mobile: 00966-555631179; MCD: 49065
Refaat Al-Mazrou, MSc, FIPEM
Biomedical Physics Department, MBC# 03
Office Telephone #: 00966-11-4424543; MCD: 49268
Senior Hospital Assistant
Biomedical Physics Department, MBC# 03
Hospital Assistant II
Biomedical Physics Department, MBC#03
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