About VCU Medical Physics
VCU's CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics Graduate program matriculated its first students in the fall of 2004. Training in the VCU graduate program was developed to be in accordance with the guidelines outlined in AAPM Report 79 and its update AAPM Report 197. VCU also maintains a 2-year CAMPEP-accredited residency program in radiation therapy.
The Medical Physics Graduate program is a joint cooperative effort between the Department of Radiology and the Department of Radiation Oncology at VCU, specifically, the divisions of Radiation Physics within the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology.
The Medical Physics Division of VCU's Department of Radiation Oncology maintains nationally recognized, funded research programs in external-beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and imaging physics. In addition, the Department of Radiation Oncology supports a large program in molecular radiation biology and translational research, including gene therapy. Faculty from the radiation physics and clinical divisions have collaborated to implement a nationally recognized program in IMRT planning and delivery program, which supports intramural protocols in head and neck, prostate and gynecological cancers.
The Division of Radiation Physics and Biology within Radiology provides clinical support to Nuclear Medicine and diagnostic imaging and maintains a funded research program in the general areas of neuroimaging, vascular MRI, and PET imaging. VCU houses The Center for Molecular Imaging, which supports clinical and investigational PET (positron emission tomography imaging), a medical cyclotron, PET imaging of experimental animals, and a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging system.