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Ross I. Berbeco, PhD: Novel Flat-panel Detector Development for Low Dose MV-CBCT

Ross Berbeco

Ross I. Berbeco, PhD
Director of Medical Physics Research
Department of Radiation Oncology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School


Using the radiation therapy (MV) beam for imaging has many clinical advantages but is limited by poor contrast, compared to kV imaging. Recent technological developments have led to a resurgence of interest in MV imaging as a viable alternative for pre-treatment and in-treatment imaging. Novel flat-panel detector configurations can reduce imaging dose requirements and provide multi-energy imaging for advanced applications. Our group has been leading efforts in this area in collaboration with Varian Medical Systems, Inc. with the goal of translating an inexpensive, multi-functional MV imaging solution.

Short Bio

Ross is the Director of Medical Physics Research in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Originally trained in High-Energy Physics, Ross received Postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr. Steve Jiang. Since 2005, Ross has been a faculty member at the BWH/DFCI, receiving ABR certification in 2010. His research interests include real-time motion management, novel imaging devices, 4DPET/CT, nanoparticles as radiation amplifiers, and pre-clinical radiation therapy. To perform this work, Ross has been a primary mentor for over 20 postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students with funding provided by Industrial and Federal sources.

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