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Department of Radiation
Division of Medical Physics
Head of Division: Mr Jan K Hough
Divisional profile
The Division of Medical Physics is responsible to Diagnostic
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Oncology for
the safe use of ionization radiation. This involves patient
dosimetry and treatment, as well as the optimum use and
functioning of radiation producing equipment.
Physics training and teaching of staff and postgraduate
students in these divisions is undertaken.
The Division of Medical Physics is recognised by the
HPCSA as a training centre for Medical Physicists. The
Division is involved in International Atomic Energy (IAEA)
training programs and the training of interns sponsored by
private practices.
We have established a 4 monthly Medical Physics
Workshop for all the Medical Physicists in the Western
Cape. This includes all the physicists in private practice
as well as those at GSH, Tygerberg Hospital and iThemba
LABS. Various papers of common interest are presented
at these workshops.
The Division of Medical Physics continues to provide
Medical Physics services to Nuclear Medicine at Red Cross
Hospital. This service has been expanded by our physicist
in Nuclear Medicine to regular quality control checks.
Chris Trauernicht will do Monte Carlo simulations of
the dose distributions around I-125 seed ophthalmic
applicators as part of his PhD thesis.
Hester Burger has much experience in radiosurgery and
is heading this service. Her PhD involves the analysis of
cognitive deficits as a result of radiosurgery.
Research Fields and Staff
Head of Department
Jan Hough MPhil (UCT)
Radiotherapy Treatment Planning
Deputy Manager
H. Burger MSc (Med Phys) (UP)
Radiosurgery Treatments, Treatment Planning and