Radiation can be a scary topic for people to discuss and interact with. Many people believe that any non-zero amount of radiation can have an extremely harmful effect. However, radiation is often safely used for imaging, at the dentist for example, and it is frequently utilized in radiation oncology. In fact, we are continuously exposed to background radiation that we can neither see or feel, coming from cosmic rays or materials in the earth.
For this session, we will provide a tour of a radiation oncology department and showcase how we use radiation to treat cancer. We will demonstrate a robotic-based linear accelerator used for radiation treatment of cancer, CyberKnife, and show how it delivers radiation (and dances)!
We will also try to get some scintillating material that glows in the dark when exposed to radiation.
Lastly, we will discuss what is a medical physicist? What are their roles in radiology and oncology at hospitals? And how does one become a medical physicist? If you think science is cool, you might enjoy medical physics!