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Graduate Studies in Medical Physics

MSC01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Phone: 505-277-5431
Fax: 505-277-5433

Medical Physics Departments and Facilities

The Medical Physics program at the University of New Mexico is an exciting program offered by of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Health Sciences Department of Radiology. Their combined facilities include:

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Department of Radiology

University of New Mexico Hospital

UNMH Cancer Research and Treatment Center

Additional Facilities


Nuclear Engineering Laboratories

The nuclear engineering laboratories are equipped with a nuclear training reactor; a hot-cell facility with remote manipulators; a pulsed neutron generator; a graphite pile; several solid state detectors for alpha, beta, and gamma radiation; computer based data acquisition, analysis and control systems; and supporting radiation measurements systems. The laboratories are utilized for instruction and research.

Computer Facilities

Computers provide the basic computational tool for today's modern engineer. The department maintains a computer pod equipped with state-of-the-art PC computers connected to The University of New Mexico network and the Internet. Additional computers are available in one of the many University of New Mexico computer pods maintained by The University of New Mexico's Computer and Information Resources and Technology Division. The UNM high performance computer center participates in the new Internet II high speed communication system

Radiological Physics Laboratory

This laboratory is equipped with 2 ultrasound units, and 2 kilovoltage x-ray units, a variety of phantoms and dosimetry equipment. The laboratory has a dedicated treatment planning systems. The medical physics library is well equipped with a variety of research and a clinical dosimetry system.

Additional Facilities

  • UNM Radiopharmacy Laboratory—part of UNM School of Pharmacy
  • Siemens PETNET Proton Cyclotron located in the new CRTC facility
  • Collaboration with various groups at:
    Los Alamos National Laboratories
    Sandia National Labs
    Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute

University Hospital Equipment

  • 4 Siemens CT multi-slice scanners
  • 3 Philips digital fluoroscopy machines
  • 2 Siemens 1.5-Tesla MRI units and a 3-Tesla MRI unit
  • State of the art ultrasound equipment
  • 8 Digital radiographic x-ray rooms
  • Fully integrated Philips iSite PACS with the Cerner HIS/RIS system
  • Nuclear Medicine Section
    -  3 multi-head gamma cameras
    -  1 single head Siemens high-resolution gamma camera
    -  2 Siemens PET/CT (16-slice and 40-slice) unit
    -  1 Siemens SPECT/CT unit
  • Interventional Radiology
    -  2 Philips bi-plane and 2 Philips single plane room
    -   Siemens Fluoroscopy CT room

UNMH Cancer Research and Treatment Center equipment

  • 2 Elekta linear accelerators
  • Tomotherapy unit
  • Siemens large bore CT simulator
  • CMS treatment planning system
  • Varian Eclipse treatment planning system
  • Elekta Impac Record and Verify system
  • Elekta radiosurgery package
  • Varian HDR unit