In addition to basic campus resources (classrooms; computer systems; specialized hardware/software packages; libraries; office space; laboratories; etc) available to Medical Physics Graduate Students, multiple clinical facilities are also accessible. Although many are in use during the day, student and faculty access is readily available in the late afternoon and evening.
Medical Physics faculty provide training to students and authorize the after-hours use of equipment to ensure safe operation and continued readiness for clinical needs. The equipment that is located in the research and teaching laboratories may be scheduled for student use at any time of the day. A number of other clinical facilities are located at outlying clinics. Because these facilities are located off campus, they are not as readily accessed by students in the medical physics program, but they do provide the opportunity to experience and observe a spectrum of clinical environments and patient populations.
UF Health Hospitals and Clinics – Imaging Facilities
The facilities offer a wide range of state-of-the-art clinical imaging equipment, including:
- Fourteen Canon Aquilion CT scanners (five of them with 320-slice capabilities; UF Health is a Canon CT Luminary Site
- Three 3 Tesla and seven 1.5 Tesla scanners; UF Health is a Siemens MRI Site
- Siemens PETC/CT and General Electric SPECT and SPECT/CT scanners, among other nuclear medicine systems
- Fifteen Interventional fluoroscopy systems in the Radiology, Cardiology, Neurosurgery and Vascular Surgery departments
- Hologics full-field digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis systems
- Multiple AGFA and Siemens digital radiography systems in all hospitals and clinics
- A wide variety of ultrasound equipment, including Doppler
UF Health Cancer Center
The Department of Radiation Oncology provides a full range of radiation treatment services, collaborates with the Neurosurgery Department to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy treatments, and operates the UF Proton Therapy Institute (located in Jacksonville). The on-campus UF Health Cancer Center includes 5 linacs (Elekta and Varian) of which 4 are equipped with CBCT to perform IGRT treatments. IGRT procedures are supplemented by the VisionRT surface imaging system, BrainLab Exactrac X-ray and SonArray IR marker systems. The Philips smart enterprise Pinnacle3 treatment planning system performs CT simulation, 3D CRT, IMRT and VMAT dose calculation/optimization. The facilities also house a Philips Brilliance large bore CT, Nucleation HDR unit, Intrabeam (50kVp), orthovoltage(up to 300kVp) machine and a LDR system.
UF Proton Therapy Institute
The UF Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFPTI) is located in Jacksonville and has been providing clinical treatment for several years. It incorporates three proton treatment vaults for protons up to 230 MeV as well as two conventional linacs, and CT, MRI and PET/CT and a large treatment planning facility. While it is located approximately 75 miles from our main campus in Gainesville, it is incorporated into clinical rotations and student research projects. As the clinical load has stabilized, the PTI is providing an increasingly rich resource for medical physics research projects, including both empirical and radiation transport/simulation studies.
UF McKnight Brain Institute
A PET/CT system and an additional Varian linear accelerator located in the UF McKnight Brain Institute is dedicated to non-human use research and teaching, and is being incorporated for student laboratory exercises in the medical physics program.
The UF McKnight Brain Institute also houses the Dr Frank J Bova Stereotactic Radiosurgery Lab. The RadioSurgery/Biology (RSB) Lab contains a computer-controlled six Mev linear accelerator for use in cerebrovascular, cancer and fundamental cell and molecular research.
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (VAMC) is one of two VAMCs in the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. The VAMC provides a full range of comprehensive health care including primary care; specialty care; tertiary care; and long term care. The VAMC is located directly across the street from the UF Health Shands Hospital (connected via underground tunnel) and facilities there are also utilized in teaching exercises and medical physics research.