• Fun Facts

    Australians are exposed to 2 millisieverts of 'background' radiation per year
    A CT of the chest can be roughly equivalent to having 100 single chest X-rays
    15x Melbourne → Singapore → London flights exposes you to 1 millisievert
  • Diagnostic X-rays

    A diagnostic X-ray is the oldest and most common medical radiology procedure. Radiologists use X-rays to help diagnose disease or injury inside your body. A machine directs a small, carefully calculated amount of radiation toward a specific part of the body to produce an image on a film on the other side of the body. Radiologists study the X-ray images to detect and diagnose disease or injury.

  • CT dosage

    Computed Tomography (CT) is currently one of the major contributors to the collective population radiation dose due to the increasing popularity of CT examinations as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. The evolution of CT scanner technology has turned their use from specialized into routine examination. More due diligence is required due to the high radiation dose of CT.

  • Where to from here?

    It is of the utmost importance that both clinical justification as well as technical optimization are implemented to maintain a high benefit to risk ratio. Solid interdisciplinary partnerships and research endeavours between clinical specialists and technology engineers will help to fast track developments in this area.


2008 news

LDI team December 2008

Merry Christmas

The MuBeta Laboratory wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year and we look forward to growing and conducting more research in 2009.

Paper accepted to Pediatric Research

Congratulations to Arjan te Pas, Stuart Hooper, Andreas and colleagues, with their journal paper entitled, "Establishing functional residual capacity at birth: the effect of sustained inflation and positive end expiratory pressure in a preterm rabbit model" accepted for publication in Pediatric Research. Please see our 2008 Publications page for more details.

Paper accepted to Experiments in Fluids

Congratulations to Andreas, Prof Kerry Hourigan and colleagues, with their journal paper entitled, "Volumetric Correlation PIV: a New Technique for 3DVelocity Vector Field Measurement" accepted for publication in Experiments in Fluids. Please see our 2008 Publications page for more details.
new horizons

Federal Government funds New Horizons Centre

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd released a Nation Building document, which details investments in rail, road, education, research and business, totally $4.7 billion. This announcement includes partial funding for Monash University's $175 million New Horizons centre, due for completion in 2012. The New Horizons Centre will bring together dispersed science and engineering expertise in a new, world-class research facility. This comes as fantastic news for the Division of Biological Engineering.

Relocation of Division of Biological Engineering offices

With the expansion of the Diivision of Biological Engineering, staff and student offices have successfully relocated to Building 36, Clayton Campus. The Laboratory will continue to develop, accommodating more equipment and facilities into the coming year.

Monash and Melbourne University collaboration wins LIEF Grant

A collaborative effort between The University of Melbourne and Monash University researchers has proven strong, with the successful application of an ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant. The project entitled, "Advance NanoBiomaterials Imaging Facility" is worth $690,000 for 2009.

Congratulations to Prof F Caruso; Prof Kerry Hourigan; Prof GW Stevens; Prof T Sridhar; Prof SJ Kent; Dr A Fouras; A/Prof GG Qiao; A/Prof DE Dunstan; Dr GA Thouas; A/Prof SB Hooper; Dr AJ O'Connor; Dr AP Johnston; Dr BM Stadler; A/Prof RG Evans; Dr SL Gras; Dr KM Denton; Dr JT Pearson; Dr GK Such; Dr A Blencowe; Dr MJ Kitchen; Dr KK Siu.

Summer Research Program students 2008-09

Summer Research Students begin in the Lab

The Lab welcomes Amgad, Richard, Zac, Vaibhav, Andrew and Joshua who will be working with us over Summer. They will be aiding in the research and development of an Optical Projection Tomography (OPT) microscope system, and well as various other new imaging techniques the Lab is establishing.

Researchers head to Japanese Synchrotron

Research Manager Andreas, and postgraduate students Aidan and Steve depart Melbourne for Hyogo Japan, where they will arrive at the Japanese Synchrotron SPring-8. With fellow Monash colleagues from the School of Physics, they will perform this year's second round of synchrotron experiments, investigating cardiovascular disease.

Researcers win ARC Discovery Grant

Congratulations to Shaun Jackson (ACBD), Warrick Nesbitt (ACBD) and Andreas, whose ARC Discovery grant application has been successful during this year's round of announcements. The ARC Grant DP0987643: Development of Model Systems to Investigate Blood Hydrodynamic Parameters Affecting Blood Cell Function – An Interdisciplinary Approach has been awarded 140k (2009), 80k (2010), and 80k (2011).

Paper accepted to Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol

Congratulations to Stuart Hooper and his colleagues, with their journal paper entitled, "Imaging lung aeration and lung liquid clearance at birth using Phase-contrast X-ray imaging" accepted for publication in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. Please see our 2008 Publications page for more details.

Ivan Ng joins our team

We welcome Ivan, who joins the Division of Biological Engineering from an honours degree in Physics. His expertise will help us design X-ray equipment for our laboratory.

Journal paper accepted to Applied Physics Letters

Congratulations to Sally, Steve and Andreas, with their journal paper entitled, "Phase retrieval for improved three-dimensional velocimetry of dynamic X-ray blood speckle" accepted for publication in Applied Physics Letters. Please see our 2008 Publications page for more details.

Phys Med Biol and Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol papers

Congratulations to Andreas, with a journal paper accepted for publication in Physics in Medicine and Biology, and his invited review paper to Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology accepted. Please see our 2008 Publications page for more details.

2009 PhD and FYP project topics available now

The Lab is offering a series of postgraduate PhD projects available to students from the Departments of Mechanical & Aerospace, and Electrical Engineering, as well as Final Year Projects for final year students from the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. For details concerning the projects, including topics and eligibility, please follow the links on our Education page.

DBE announces new elective subject for 2009

DBE announces the introduction of an elective unit, "Engineering Technology for Biomedical Imaging and Sensing", for Semester 1, 2009 run by the Division of Biological Engineering. It will be available to all final year students in the Faculty of Engineering. For more information on this unit, please see our ENG4700 Biomedical Imaging and Sensing page.

Researchers win beamtime at Japanese synchrotron

Researchers in the group announce our second round of beamtime allocation for this year at the Japanese synchrotron, SPring-8. We have been approved for twelve 8-hour shifts at the Japanese synchrotron facility to perform experiments relating to cardiovascular disease. The group will head to Japan in mid-November 2008 alongside Monash colleagues from the School of Physics, for a total of 10 days beamtime.

Launch of our new website

After its much anticipated arrival, the Laboratory website goes live.

Aidan wins Research Month HDR poster competition

Congratulations to Aidan for winning a prize in the Research Month HDR poster competition. His poster entitled "Pulsatile Blood Flow through an Aneurysm", was judged one of the best at today's opening of the exhibition.

Steve arrives back from Europe

Steve recently travelled to Europe after presenting work from his PhD research concerning 3-D 3C X-ray PIV at the 14th International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics in Lisbon, Portugal. We warmly welcome him back to the office, and back to Melbourne's winter weather. Steve's conference paper can now be found on FLAIR's publications page.