Medical Physics at Cancer Care Manitoba

The Division of Medical Physics encompasses three service departments: Radiation Safety and Image Quality, Medical Engineering Technology and Radiotherapy Physics. These departments provide direct clinical services, equipment maintenance, teaching, research, development and other essential support services to the programs of CCMB, the WRHA, the University of Manitoba and the Province of Manitoba as a whole.

The Service Departments within the Division collaborate to provide a diverse range of direct clinical services and support (both professional and technical) to the Radiation Therapy Program within CancerCare Manitoba. Our support to the Provincial Imaging Program is predominantly in the areas of Nuclear Medicine, CT, MRI, Diagnostic X-ray (primarily pediatric radiology) and Mammography. We are responsible for the direction and delivery of the Provincial Radiation Protection Program, including the setting of radiological protection standards and for the administration and/or regulation of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation emitting equipment in Manitoba. A strong medical engineering technology group, consisting of the Electronics Systems Service and our ISO 9001 certified Mechanical Design & Fabrication team, repairs and maintains major therapeutic (Linear Accelerators, Co-60 Units, Gamma Knife, etc.) and diagnostic equipment (Gamma Cameras, CT/Sim, Mammography, PET/CT units, etc.) in the city and are involved in the design, development and manufacturing of specialized medical equipment for a variety of health care clients. Through our research and academic programs, we maintain close academic ties with the University of Manitoba and the two teaching hospitals with staff holding academic appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Radiology.

Radiotherapy Physics:

  • Supports specification, commissioning and operation of advanced Simulation and 3D Treatment Planning for brachytherapy and external beam.
  • Reviews and evaluates treatment plans and provides a clinical consultation service in Radiological Physics and Treatment Planning to Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Therapists.
  • Develops, maintains and administers the Clinical Dosimetry and Quality Assurance Programs.
  • Coordinates and develops new techniques/tools that further the Radiation Therapy process and participates in the training of Radiation Therapists and Radiation Oncology Residents.
  • Specifies, evaluates, installs, accepts and commissions new equipment, design facilities and furthers its clinical use.

 Radiation Safety & Image Quality

  • Provides consultation to support the activities of the Manitoba Radiology community, including: accreditation & QC surveys; technical specification, evaluation and acceptance of new equipment; design and testing of QC methods; image processing; trouble shooting and software development.
  • Provides imaging physics and radiation protection management and support to CCMB.
  • Administers the Manitoba program of compliance assurance for non-ionizing radiation emitting devices including: therapeutic ultrasound, UV lamps and tanning devices, RF diathermy units.
  • Regulates the operation and performance of ionizing radiation emitting equipment in medical facilities including: equipment registration, specification and validation of shielding, radiation surveys, image quality consultation and personnel dose monitoring.
  • As a consequence of competence in radiation safety matters we offer our expertise in radioactivity and radiation measurements to other CNSC license holders.
  • Maintains an on call program for Radiological Emergencies within the Province of Manitoba

 Medical Engineering Technology:

  • Provide first-line mechanical and electronics support and service for major equipment used by the Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine programs in Urban Winnipeg Hospitals.
  • Provide electronics support to Medical Physics, Cell Biology and Medical Oncology, and as appropriate to outside organizations on a contractual basis.
  • Maintain technical competence of our staff so that they are recognized as authorized service personnel by the equipment manufacturers.
  • Support and provide leadership in specifying, administering and maintaining clinical and research computer systems for the Division and the programs it supports.
  • Provide a complete range of precision mechanical services including design, prototyping and manufacture to the Medical Physics, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine Programs and on a limited contractual basis to other departments/programs at CCMB and in the RHA’s.  

 Medical Physics/Academic and Research Program:

  • The Division is responsible for the content, administration and delivery of the Medical Physics undergraduate courses as well as the Medical Physics graduate program presented as part of the University of Manitoba’s program in Physics and Astronomy.
  • Provides clinical training and lectures to the Radiation Oncology and Radiology Residents as part of their Resident Training Programs.
  • Through appropriate in-service training programs, ensures that our staff remain at the leading edge of their professions. Liaise with and contribute to the in-service programs of other service departments and programs.
  • Through a collaborative Departmental Research Program advance the field of Medical Physics while maintaining the highest quality of clinical care for our patients at CCMB.

Department of Radiology - Medical Physics Faculty Contact:

Medical Physics Division
Dr. Jeff Bews, Provincial Director
Assistant Professor
Phone: (204) 787-1804

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Boyd McCurdy, Head
Associate Professor
Phone: (204) 787-1966

Radiation Safety &Image Quality
Dr. Ingvar Fife, Head
Assistant Professor
Phone: (204) 787-2213

Medical Engineering Technology
Dr. Jeff Bews, Head
Assistant Professor
Phone: (204) 787-1804

Medical Physics/Academic and Research Program
Dr. Boyd McCurdy, Head
Associate Professor
Phone: (204) 787-1966

Academic Program
Dr. Stephen Pistorius, Director
Professor
Phone: (204)-787-4134

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Anita Berndt
Lecturer
Phone: (204)-787-2518

Imaging Physics
Dr. Idris Elbakri
Assistant Professor
Phone: (204)-787-2211

Imaging Physics
Samantha Eustace
Instructor II
Phone: (204)-787-8619

Imaging Physics
Dr. Harry Igleby
Lecturer
Phone: (204) 787-2126

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. John Lewis
Lecturer
Phone: (204)-787-4445

Imaging Physics
Dr. Daniel Rickey
Assistant Professor
Phone: (204)-787-1764

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Lawrence Ryner
Lecturer
Phone: (204)-787-1400

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Ryan Rivest
Instructor I
Phone: (204) 787-2297

Radiotherapy Physics
David Sasaki
Instructor I
Phone: (204) 787-8045

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Eric Van Uytven
Lecturer
Phone: (204)-787-4445

Radiotherapy Physics
Dr. Sankar Venkataraman
Lecturer
Phone: (204)-787-4445