In 2011, Varian Medical Systems and Georgia Tech teamed to construct the Varian Clinical Linear Accelerator (VCLA) Laboratory and Medical Physics Treatment Planning Laboratory. The RSEL’s VCLA Laboratory houses a Clinac iX clinical linear accelerator, identical in form and function to the accelerators used in many radiation oncology centers around the world. Attached to the VCLA Laboratory is the Medical Physics Treatment Planning Laboratory. This space houses ten (10) independent workstations, each loaded with the latest version of Varian’s EclipseTM treatment planning software.
The Radiation Therapy Physics Laboratory course was designed to make full use of these laboratories to help provide Georgia Tech’s medical physics students with practical hands-on experience with the tools and techniques that they will use everyday as working professionals in a clinical environment. The course covers conventional radiation therapy treatment planning, monitor unit calculations, advanced radiation therapy treatment planning, and Monte Carlo-based treatment planning.