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Radiation Oncology

Department Overview

NN106 University of Washington Medical Center

Radiation oncology is the branch of clinical medicine that utilizes high-energy radiation to treat disease, usually cancer. The department consists of three divisions: clinical radiation oncology, medical radiation physics, and experimental cancer biology. Training programs are offered in all three divisions. Research programs in the department are aimed at the physical and biological mechanisms of interactions between ionizing radiations, and normal and malignant tissues, with particular emphasis on high linear energy transfer (LET) radiation effects. The department is actively involved in radiation treatment planning work, particularly in regard to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Other programs involve the application of positron emission tomography (PET) to elucidate differences between cancers and normal tissues, and the development of specialized radiopharmaceuticals.