Medical Physics is a field that applies the concepts and technology of physics to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Common examples are the development of radiation treatment techniques for cancer and the development of imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.

Western and London offer a unique range of multidisciplinary opportunities, with research in medical physics conducted by many scientists in different programs, laboratories, and institutions across the City of London.

Medical Physics Research at Western takes place mainly at four locations in the city:

The corresponding academic programs are all hosted by the University of Western Ontario, with most scientists being affiliated with more than one program and institute. Medical physics programs at Western include the following:

For further information describing the connections between these different programs, see the link to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in the top right menu.

The core Medical Physics Faculty located within the Department of Physics & Astronomy are:

  • Prof. Blaine Chronik
    • Canada Research Chair in Medical Physics
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics
    • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Positron Emission Tomography; multimodality imaging systems; MRI gradient coils; electromagnetic peripheral nerve stimulation in humans.
  • Prof. Tamie L. Poepping
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics

    Ultrasound (imaging and Doppler) research and system development; hemodynamic (blood flow) studies and simulations; particle imaging velocimetry studies

  • Prof. Eugene Wong
    • Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Medical Biophysics and Oncology
    • Associate Scientist, London Regional Cancer Program, Lawson Health Research Institute
    • Fellow of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, FCCPM

    Radiation oncology physics; image-guided radiotherapy; treatment optimization; adaptive radiotherapy


Ongoing research studies in the UWO Department of Physics & Astronomy include:

  • development of a field-cycled MRI high strength gradient system
  • human peripheral nerve stimulation in MRI gradient systems
  • ultrasound imaging & modelling
  • Doppler ultrasound techniques for hemodynamics
  • hemodynamic (blood flow) studies and simulations
  • radiation dosimetry and modelling
  • radiation therapy and imaging for cancer
  • electromagnetic field modelling and measurement in biological systems
  • positron emission tomography (PET)
  • dual-modality imaging techniques (PET/CT and PET/MRI)
  • single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for quantitative cardiac applications
  • high-resolution & animal SPECT imaging
  • elastic properties of cells studied by atomic force microscopy
  • biomineralization