"I applied for USP to get introduced to research in the Medical Physics subject area in preparation for graduate school. My goal was to get a greater understanding of the subject area through application."
I am primarily interested in the subject area of Medical Physics, particularly clinical applications.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
Hobbies and Interests
Pediatric Physical Phantoms for Dose Verification in CT Imaging
Michelle Sands worked with Drs. Bolch and Hintenlang of the biomedical engineering department to construct a life size physical anthropomorphic phantom. The phantom is modeled from a series of cross sectioned 3D images of the UF 10-year old and newborn reference hybrid phantoms – two of the several pediatric computational phantoms of the UF virtual patient library. Cross-sectional images of soft tissue, lung, and bone were generated at 5-mm slice thickness. A computer-aided milling machine was then used to construct soft-tissue slices with voided space for the subsequent placement of both lung and bone substitutes. The corresponding 3D 10-year old and newborn computational phantoms were used to strategically identify locations for dosimeter placement on the constructed phantoms. The entire phantom will be used in the later months of the project to assess radiation doses during CT imaging of the child using standardized pediatric imaging protocols at Shands Hospital. With the assistance of medical physics graduate student Daniel Long, comparisons will be made between Monte Carlo calculated organ doses and those assessed using the constructed phantom.