Steven Thompson
Medical Physics Graduate Program


Steven Thompson, Student

Hometown

  • Tampa, Florida

Education

  • PhD: Nuclear Engineering; The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA
  • ME: Nuclear Engineering; The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, PA
  • BS: Nuclear Engineering; University of Florida; Gainesville, FL

Steven is a MS student researching the feasibility of proton portal imaging using the spallation neutrons produced in vivo by the incident proton beam. These secondary neutrons are captured in a LiF scintillation detector, whose emitted light is then used to produce an in-situ image of the treatment area. This allows the assurance of proper beam placement with respect to patient anatomy.   

MCNP is being used to optimize the position of the scintillator with respect to the patient to get the optimal spatial resolution, as well as the optimal thickness and composition of the detector.

Steven enjoys reading military history and theology, as well as playing chess. His favorite pastime, however, is playing with his daughter and spending time with his wife.