Study level


Master of Philosophy



Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Chemistry and Physics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Andrew Fielding
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


PET/CT is frequently used to assist in the planning of radiotherapy treatments. The PET information can help with determining the extent and function of the tumour as well as possible involvement of lymph nodes. This could result in improved targeting of the radiation to the disease.

PET/MRI offers a number of advantages over PET/CT for head and neck cancer radiotherapy treatment planning. The MRI offers superior soft tissue contrast and no ionising radiation dose compared to the current standard of care, PET/CT.

These projects aim to develop the use of PET/MRI, seeking solutions to some of the technological challenges for using PET/MRI in the radiotherapy context. We aim to answer the question if PET/MRI is superior to PET/CT for radiotherapy treatment planning of head and neck cancer.

Research activities

This research will be a collaboration between physicists, radiographers, and radiation oncologists. It will involve technological development and implementation of PET/MRI into the radiotherapy treatment planning process.


Depending on scope and timeframe of project, outcomes could include:

  • thesis
  • peer-reviewed research papers
  • conference presentations
  • improvements in radiotherapy treatment outcomes.

Skills and experience

Knowledge, skills and experience in the following would be considered favourable:

  • (medical) physics
  • medical or electrical engineering
  • data analysis and software development.



Contact the supervisor for more information.