A Medical Physics Education and Research Block was inaugurated at the Bagayam Campus of the Christian Medical College, here on Saturday by Dr Y S Mayya, head of the Radiological Protection and Advisory Division of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.
The inauguration was held on the sidelines of a workshop on Curriculum Development in Medical Physics Education in India hosted by the CMC which had participants from BARC, Anna University, Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Dr MGR Medical University, Rajiv Gandhi University, Punjab University and Osmania University.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayya underlined the need for uniformity of course curriculum in the field of medical physics. He said that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board was focusing on adequacy for safety content in the syllabus of medical physics course offered by various universities.
The MPER Block will be used for the classes of Masters in Medical Physics at the CMC. It will also be used for research activities in the field of Medical Physics, in collaboration with the Bio-engineering department of the college.
This new facility consists of a basic sciences laboratory and advanced imaging equipment such as ultrasound and in-house developed Cone Beam Computed Tomography and the Optical Computed Tomography systems. It also has a treatment planning room to generate Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and 3D Conformal Radiotherapy (3DCRT) plans for patient treatment in the CMC Town Campus. This facility has been developed by the CMC with partial grants from Department of Science and Technology and from Indian Government.
CMC director Dr Suranjan Bhattacharji, Dr Paul Ravindran, Professor of Radiological Physics were present at the ocasion.