NIU Graduate Student Wins Physics Award for Work on Proton Computed Tomography

Oct. 6, 2008

Kent Wong, a graduate student in physics at Northern Illinois University, was awarded the Outstanding Poster Award at the International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry for his work on “proton computed tomography.” He received this special recognition for his research on the development of a new device that would use proton beams to generate medical images. NIU, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics are working together to develop proton computed tomography, which would utilize beams to produce highly detailed images of structures inside the human body. NIU is currently under construction on a $159 million proton treatment and research facility scheduled to open in 2010. Wong’s research examines proton beam trajectories through materials that mimic human tissue.



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