The Radiological Science and Engineering Laboratory is the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics (NRE/MP) Program’s newest contribution to advancing nuclear and medical physics research methods. This nearly 6000 square foot laboratory space was completed in the basement of the Gilbert Hillhouse Boggs Building on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2013 through support from the Georgia Tech NRE/MP Program and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. As an integral part of the NRE/MP Program, our aim is to be a premier academic research, development, testing, and evaluation facility in nuclear engineering, radiological engineering, medical physics, and non-proliferation and nuclear safeguards related studies.
While primarily emphasizing innovative research in nuclear engineering and medical physics, the RSEL was established to provide a wide variety of services tailored to the needs of faculty, staff, and external customers. We are a unique operation, with a wealth of technically skilled personnel and students eager to support all experimental aspects of R&D and assessment of nuclear and medical instruments/materials, serving organizations locally and throughout the nation.Thus, we stand ready for partnerships with other universities, government agencies, and industry to contribute to and push advancements in nuclear materials, isotopes, radiation detection & imaging, medical applications, devices, dosimetry, radiochemistry, and related research.
The RSEL Team
Dr. Lei Zhu
Associate Professor, NRE/MP Programs and Director, Radiological Science and EngineeringLaboratory
Dr. Eric S. Elder
Professor, Emory University and Director.
|Before joining Georgia Tech in August 2009, Dr. Zhu worked at Stanford University in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University researching imaging technologies of advanced X-ray CT systems, and later in the Department of Radiation Oncology, where he specialized in clinical applications of X-ray CT imaging and inverse treatment planning of radiation therapy. In addition to expanding on his previous research, Dr. Zhu’s current research is devoted to the synergy between these two fields. Specifically, he is interested in improving the quality of X-ray imaging in the image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and developing optimization schemes for adaptive radiation therapy.
|Dr. Elder’s research centers on techniques for adaptive radiation therapy, adjustments to a patients radiation treatment caused by changes in patient position, anatomy, or motion or due to tumor response. His visualization methods for these changes include 3D and 4D computed tomography and linear accelerator mounted cone beam computed tomography, radiography, and respiratory gated fluoroscopy and radiography. After visualization and tumor delineation, treatment planning is performed to adapt treatment properly. His work also explores use of electronic portal dosimetry to measure exit dose. Dr. Elder serves as joint faculty with Emory University and Georgia Tech.