PhD Research Fellow in medical physics/radiography/computer science
University of SouthEastern Norway

PhD Research Fellow in medical physics/radiography/computer science

Norway 28 Feb 2021


University of SouthEastern Norway
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The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD Research Fellow in medical physics/radiography/computer science from 01.09.2021.

The position is located at the Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design and reports to the Head of the Radiography programmes Anita Norsteien. The place of employment is Campus Drammen.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations.

About the PhD-project

The project will be developed to strengthen USN's participation in the HARMONIC project, which is financed through Euratom grant agreement No 847707 over five years (2019 - 2024). The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGLOBAL) coordinates the project, which has 23 partners in ten countries with expertise in radiation epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, dosimetry and biology. The University of Southeast Norway (USN) and Oslo University Hospital (OUS, Department of Pediatric Cardiology and the Norwegian Cancer Registry) are partners in the part of HARMONIC that deals with children with heart defects; the project aims at better understanding the long-term health effects of medical exposure to ionising radiation in children, specifically those undergoing X-ray guided imaging for cardiac interventions, see .

USN contributes in three work packages: WP3 Data collection and establishment of the cohort, WP4 Dosimetry and dose reconstruction, and WP6 Dissemination. The doctoral project will be related to automatic gathering and analysis of data from the PACS in order to do dose reconstruction and optimization of diagnostics and intervention of children with congenital heart defects (WP3 and WP4). The software "DICOM Inspector" is developed by partner Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The software will be tested and implemented in consultation with Sykehuspartner, OUS ICT department and department for diagnostic physics, so that we can harvest metadata from DICOM in PACS back in time, and more complete dose information (RDSR) from 2021.

USN has a particular responsibility to find out to what extent children who undergo cardiac interventions are investigated by other radiological examinations (conventional X-ray, CT, nuclear medicine). These examinations contribute to radiation dose as well, and must be taken into account when analyzing the correlation between radiation early in life and later development of cancer. As soon as the cohort is established, it is therefore part of the project to look up information in various medical information systems about which other examinations the children have undergone during assessment and treatment over time.

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