Student Dissertations and Thesis

Research - Medical & Health

MS Theses and PhD Dissertations 

Listed here are the MS Theses and PhD Dissertations for our graduates. This list includes all graduates since 2007 when the Program first received CAMPEP accreditation. The MS theses and PhD dissertations for graduates prior to 2007 can be found on the LSU Digital Commons.



Student Advisor Title PDF Link
2018 Narayan Bhusal Dey Third Generation Gamma Camera SPECT System Link
2018 Elizabeth Noel Hilliard Robert  Verification and Evaluation of a Passive Intensity Modulation Device for Bolus Electron Conformal Therapy Link

Suman Shrestha

Newhauser Analytical Models of Neutron Spectral Fluence, Kerma and Absorbed-Dose for Proton Therapy Link
2018 Addie Barron Fontenot Investigation of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Delivery Accuracy on an Elekta Linear Accelerator Link

John W Chapman, PhD

Fontenot Development of a Slab-based Monte Carlo Proton Dose Algorithm with a Robust Material-dependent Nuclear Halo Model Link

Joseph  Steiner, PhD

Jia, Guang Endorectal Digital Prostate Tomosynthesis Link

Paul Ethan Maggi, PhD

K. Matthews Development and Applications of a Real-time Magnetic Electron Energy Spectrometer for Use with Medical Linear Accelerators Link

John Doiron, MS

Carver Benefit of Intensity Modulated Bolus Electron Conformal Therapy for Post Mastectomy Chest Wall Irradiation Link

Phillip Wall, MS

Fontenot Database Plan Quality Impact on Knowledge-based Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning of Prostate Cancer Link

James Kavanaugh, MS

Hogstrom Evaluation of the Pencil Beam Algorithm and Pencil Beam Redefinition Algorithm for Bolus Electron Conformal Therapy Dose Computation Link

Erin Chambers, MS

Carver Design of a Passive Intensity Modulation Device for Bolus Electron Conformal Therapy Link
2016 Desmond Fernandez, MS Fontenot Interplay Effects in Highly Modulated Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Lung Cases Treated with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Link

David Heins, MS

R. Zhang Comparison of Advanced Radiotherapy Techniques for Post-Mastectomy Breast Cancer Patients Link

Andrew Halloran, MS

Newhauser Dosimetric Advantages of Personalized Phantoms for Quality Assurance and Research Link
2015 Garrett Pitcher, PhD Hogstrom Design and Validation of a Prototype Collimation System with Reduced Applicator Weights for Elekta Electron Therapy Beams Link
2015 Nicholas Petersen, MS R. Zhang Impact of MLC Configuration Parameters on the Dosimetric Acccuracy of 6-MV IMRT Treatment Plans Link
2015 Runyon Colie Woods, MS Fontenot Comparison of 3D and 4D CBCT for the Localization of Moving Targets Link
2015 Hatim Chafi, MS Jia Magnetic Resonance Elastography of the Brain Using an Ergonomic Driver: Assessment of Scan-Rescan Reproducibility Link
2015 Ryan Schurr, MS Jia Z-Spectral Modeling for Magnetization Transfer Ratio Asymmetry Calculations in Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer MRI at 3 Tesla Link
2015 Anthony Mazza, MS Vassiliev The Development of a Novel Silicon On Insulator Microdosimeter with Sensitive Volumes Modeled After Living Cells Link

Derek Freund, MS

R. Zhang Risk of post-irradiation necrosis in pediatric brain cancer patients: Proton versus photon therapy planning comparison and predictive risk evaluation. Link

David Byrd, MS

Wang Tube Current Modulated Computed Tomography Effective Dose and Size Specific Organ Dose Estimates with ImPACT: Total Scan versus Slice by Slice Parameters for Urogram Protocols Link
2014 Margaret Hernandez, MS R. Zhang A Treatment Planning Comparison of Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy and Proton Therapy for a Sample of Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Post-Mastectomy Radiotherapy Link
2014 Bart Morris, MS Fontenot An Efficient Approach to EPID Transit Dosimetry Link
2014 Ben Rusk, MS Carver A Dosimetric Comparison of Copper and Cerrobend Electron Inserts Link
2014 Melissa Lamberto, MS K. Matthews A Feasibility Study of Ultra-Short Echo Time MRI for Positive Contrast Visualization of Prostate Brachytherapy Permanent Seed Implants for Post-Implant Dosimetry Link
2013 Adam Watts, MS Gibbons A Secondary Monitor Unit Calculation Algorithm using Superposition of Symmetric, Open Fields for IMRT Plans Link
2013 David McLaughlin, MS Hogstrom Energy Spectra Comparisons for Matched Clinical Electron Beams on Elekta Linear Accelerators using a Permanent Magnet Spectrometer Link
2013 Lydia Wilson, MS Newhauser Simple and Fast Reconstruction of 6 MV Radiotherapy Doses to the Whole Body Link
2013 Kendrick Williams, MS K. Matthews Assessment of Detection and Characterization of Simulated Lung Nodules with Low-Dose CT Link
2013 Jean-Paul Grenier, MS Fontenot Evaluation of an Automated Delivery Verification System for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy Treatments Link
2013 Diane Alvarez, MS Hogstrom Impact of IUdR in Rat 9L Glioma Cell Survival for 25-35 keV Photo-Activated Auger Electron Therapy Link
2013 Justin Silkwood, MS Shikhaliev Spectral Breast CT: Effects of Adaptive Filtration on CT Numbers, CT Noise, CNR and CT Dose Link
2012 Charles Wilson IV,  MS Wang Louisiana's Suitability for a Low-level Radioactive Waste Storage Link
2012 Justin LeBlanc,  MS Hogstrom Elekta Electron Scattering Foil Design Link
2012 Nels Knutson,  MS Fontenot Proton Beam Dose Calculation in Heterogeneous Media Link
2012 Jeffrey Kemp,  MS Price MCVCT for Treatment Planning of Shielded Gynecological Applicators Link
2012 Guy Harris, MS Parker Monte Carlo Modeling of Elekta Treatment Head Link
2012 Geoffrey Nichols,  MS Fontenot Elekta Treatment Planning Study Link

Ryan Posey, MS

Newhauser Utilization of Machined Skin Collimation for Electron Therapy Link
2012 John Chapman,  MS Fontenot Dose Calculation for Proton Beams from a Dielectric Wall Accelerator Link
Matthew Roberts, MS
Comparison of TLD Dose and Reconstructed Dose for Post-Mastectomy Radiation Therapy with TomoTherapy
Matthew Sutton,  MS
K. Matthews
Delivery accuracy of Image Guided Radiation Therapy Using Elekta Infinity's On-Board Imaging
Shannon Fritz,  PhD
Characterization of Photon Counting CZT Detectors for Medical X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy
Gordon Mancuso,  MS
Evaluation of Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) Patient Specific Quality Assurance
Bobby Matthews,  MS
Development of a Monte Carlo Based Correction Strategy for a TG-43 Based Brachytherapy Treatment Planning System to Account for Applicator Inhomogeneities
Catherine Batte,  MS
Accuracy of SRS Dose Delivery Using the TomoTherapy Hi-Art System
Catherine Talbert, MS
Comprehensive Study of Parameters for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) Treatment Planning
Peter Petrek, MS
Positron Autoradiography for Intravascular Vulnerable Plaque Imaging
Chad Robertson, MS
Prototype Electron Phantom for Radiographic and Radiochromic Film Dosimetry
Todd Racine, MS
Investigations of the Energy Variation on a TomoTherapy HI-ART II Using an Aluminum Stepwedge
John Eley, MS
Segmented Field Electron Conformal Therapy with an Electron Multi-leaf Collimator
Olivier Blasi, MS
Comparison of Helical Tomotherapy and Mixed Beam Treatment Plans for Superficial Head and Neck Cancer
Ricky Hesston, MS
Dosimetric Evaluation of a Delivery Verification and Dose Reconstruction Method for Helical Tomotherapy
Shima Ito, MS
Impact of Intrafraction Motion on Post-Mastectomy TomoTherapy of the Chest Wall
Christopher Welch, MS
K. Matthews
Computed Tomography Imaging to Quantify Iodine Distribution in IUdR-Labeled DNA
Jason Matney,  MS
Determination of CTV-to-ITV Margins for Free-Breathing Respiratory-Gated Treatments Using 4DCT and the Novalis ExacTrac Gating System with Implanted Fiducials
David Perrin, MS
Segmented Field Electron Conformal Therapy Planning Algorithm
Andrew Morrow,  MS
K. Matthews
PET/CT Detectability and Classification of Simulated Pulmonary Nodules Using an SUV Correction Scheme
Scott Oves, MS
Dosimetry Intercomparison using a 35-keV Synchrotron Beam
William Hill, MS
K. Matthews
Experimental Investigation of an Electronically Collimated Radiation Detector for Location of Gamma-Ray Sources
Justin Vinci, MS
Accuracy of Cranial Coplanar Beam Therapy with BrainLAB ExacTrac Image Guidance
Allen Beardmore,  MS
Evaluation of MVCT Images with Skin Collimation for Electron Treatment Planning
Koren Smith, MS
Investigation of Superficial Dose from a Static TomoTherapy Beam
Adam Lackie, MS
K. Matthews
Directional Algorithm for an electronically-collimated radiation detector
Jabari Robinson, MS
Verification Of Direct Brachytherapy Dosimetry For A Single Seed Implant
2006 Ashenafi
Michael Sissay, MS
  Tomotherapy For Post-Mastectomy Radiotherapy (PMRT): Comparison With Conventional Electron Beam Technique Link
2006 Prashanth Nookala, MS

  Modification Of CT Quality Assurance Phantom For PET/CT Alignment And Pet Resolution Link 
2005 Kenneth Bernstein, MS

Kenneth Matthews ROC Comparison Of Acquistion Parameters For Two PET/CT Scanners Based On Lesion Detectability In A Torso Phantom Link 
2005 Laurie Anne Kelly, MS Kenneth Matthews Performance Evaluation Of Two CZT Gamma Ray Imaging Systems Link
2005 John Michael Jarrett, MS

  Experimental Method Development For Direct Dosimetry Of Permanent Interstitial Prostate Brachytherapy Implants Link
2005 Prashanth Nookala, MS

Kenneth Matthews Modification Of CT Quality Assurance Phantom For PET/CT Alignment And Pet Resolution Link 
2004 Ines-Ana Jurkovic, MS

Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra Evaluation Of A Desktop Computed Radiography System For IMRT Dosimetry Link 
2004 Yuri Ishihara, MS

Steven Bujenovic Investigatio Of Accuracy In Quantitation of F-FDG Concentration of PET/CT Link
1998 Angela Stam, MS   Commissioning and Evaluation of the Plato-Brachytherapy Planning System Link 
1997 Sharareh Nikbakht, MS

Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra Performing Brachytheraphy Dosimetry on Personal Computers Link 
1996 James PatelII, MS

  An Upright Positional Device and Quality Assurance of the Treatment Planning Computer for the Mantle Field Technique Link 
1995 Ali Rashidee, MS Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra Five-Year Clinical Results and Review of Physics of Prostatic Implantation with Au-198 Seeds and External Irradiation in the Management of Localized Adenocarcinoma Link 
1994 Charles Rohrmann, MS

  Optimized Nodalization Of A Reactor Core Model For Real Time Simulation Applications Link
1993 Charles Aboughantous, MS  John C. Courtney A Monte Carlo Method In Contribution Response Trasnport Link 
1993 Jane Runkle, MS  A. B. Doucet Analytical Model Of The Progression Of Cracking In Fiber-Reinforced Composites Link 
1993 Roy Hensley, MS  Ashok Srivastava Radiation Sensitivity Of Spice Model Parameters Of Mosis CMOS Devices Link 
1992 Hasan Murshed  Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra Heterogeneity Dose Corection: A Dosimetric Analysis Of External Photon Irradiation Link 
1992 Steven Harrell, MS  Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra Dosimetry Of Small Fields Used In Stereotactic Radiosurgery With 15-MV Photons From A Linear Accelerator Link
1991 Jeffrey Kurr, MS  Oscar Hidalgo-Salvatierra A Study On The 9-MeV Total Skin Electron Therapeutic Technique Link 
1989 J Sundar, MS Mark L. Williams
Radiative Transfer In Participating Media With Arrhenius Heat Generation Link
1989 Mehdi Asgari, MS

 Mark L. Williams Determination of Neutron and Gamma Flux Distribution In The Pressure Vessel And Cavity Of A Boiling Water Reactor Link
1989 Duane McLane, MS

 John C. Courtney A Determination Of Neutron And Gamma Dose Rates Inside The D-Rings At Waterford-3 Pressurized Water Reactor Link
1988 Satyajit Nadkarny, MS

 Mark L. Williams Determination Of The Temperature Distribution Due To Neutron And Gamma Heating In A Space-Reactor Shield Link 
1988 Daniel Van Gent, MS  Ronald M. Knaus Rare-Earth Soil Horizon Markers To Determine The Short-Term Accretion In Louisiana Marshes Link 
1988 Mary Haik, MS  John C. Courtney An Evaluation Of Angular Setup Errors In A New Patient-Isolated Transvaginal Cone System Link 
1987 Prosonta Chowdhury, MS

 Mark L. Williams Development Of A Three-Dimensional Flux Synthesis Program And Comparison With 3-D Transport Theory Results Link 
1987 David Heard, MS  William S.Kubricht The Treatment Of Choroidal Melanoma Using Iridium-192 Eye Plaques Link 
1987 George Marshall, MS  Mark L. Williams A Dynamic Analysis Of The Primary System In Experimental Breeder Reactor II Link 
1987 Mary Bell, MS  William S.Kubricht An Analysis Of Matchline Dosimetric Problems Associated With A Beamsplitter And Custom Blocks For A Three-Field Technique For Breast Treatment Link 
1986 Rustom Dubash, MS   A Physics Protocol For Interstitial Irradiation Of Brain Tumors Using Ir-192 Link 
1986 Tracie Espenan, MS

William S. Kubricht

Comparison Of Dose Calculation Methods For A Mantle Field In The Radiation Therapy Of Hodgkin's Disease Link 
1986 Mark Landesman, MS Mark L. Williams A Positive Moment Representation For the Angular Fokker-Planck Operator Link 
1985 Gregory Espenan, MS

Ronald M. Knaus Determination of Aluminium in Fish Tissue by Instrumental Neutron Activiation Analysis Link 
1985 William Fontenot, MS

William S. Kubricht Beam Characteristics Of Contact Cones For Use In Endocavitary Irradiation Link 
1984 Paul Morakinyo, MS Mark L. Williams Calculation Of The Neutron Source Distribution In The Venus PWR Engineering Mock-Up Experiment Link 
1984 Hosein Zadafshar, MS Robert C. Mcilhenney Acoustical Emission Techniques For Detection Of Metallic Loose Parts In A Boiling Water Reactor Link 
1984 Mohammed Abu-Shehdadeh, MS Robert C. Mcilhenney Design of a Facility to Ulitize 600 Ci of Cs-137 Link 
1983 Howard Brodt, MS  John C. Courtney A Thermal Hydraulic Analysis Of A Pool-Type Reactor In Natural Circulation Link 
1983 Carrie White, MS  William S. Kubricht A Methodological Evaulation Of The Energies In Degraded Electron Beams Link 
1983 Alan Douglas, MS  William S. Kubricht Evaluation Of Photon Contamination In Degraded Electron Beams Link 
1983 John French, MS  John C. Courtney Atmospheric Dispension Modeling Of Air Entrainable Radioactive Effluent Link 
1983 Adolf Garcia, MS  John C. Courtney On The Accuracy Of Material Worth Profile Assumptions In Hypothetical Core Disassembly Analyses Link 
1983 Robert Smilie, MS  Frank A. Iddings Gamma Radiation Effects On Ultrasonic Transducers Link 
1982 Satyendra Kumar, MS  Robert Miles Comparison Of Fission Product Inventories Computed Using Matrix Exponential And G-Factor Techniques Link 
1981 Greg Dischler, MS  John C. Courtney Safety Analysis of a Liquid Radioactive Waste Evaporator Link 
1981 Leonard Hook, MS  John M. Larkin Methanogenesis in Marine Sediment of the Mississippi River Delta Link 
1981 Dale Jones, MS  T. C. Shelton Hydrogen Embrittlement in FE-S Alloys (Permeation Studies) Link 
1981 Charley Cheney, MS  Robert C. McIlhenney Radiological Emergency Response Plan for Louisiana State University Link 
1981 Abuelgassem El-Fawaris

 Ronald M. Knaus

Monitoring of Radiocesium-137 Movement in an Open Ecosystem Under Natural Conditions Link 
1980 Kendrick Hagius, MS

 Robert C. McIlhenny A Microcomputer Software System for the Automatic Reduction of Gamma Spectral Data Link 
1980 Roger Staves, MS

 Dudley D. Culley Chromium and Its Effects on the Growth of Duckweeds Link 
1980 Charles Willis, MS  W.L. French Investigation of the Suitability of Peripheral Lymphocyte Mitochondria as an Intrinsic Biological Dosimeter Link 
1980 Abuelgassem El-Fawaris, MS Stephen A. Whipple Red Alder (Alnus rubra Bong.) as a Bioaccumulator of Indium and Dysprosium with and without DTPA Link 
1979  Joe Burton, MS  R. E. Miles  An Analysis of the Neutral Beam Injector Penetrations in Current Tokamak Fusion Reactor Designs Link
1979   Abdelaziz Eljabri, MS

 R. E. Miles  Gamma Heating of Grist-2 Test Cluster Pressure Boundaries During Transient Test in the Treat Upgrade Reactor Link 
 1978  Charles  Callihan , MS

Edward S. Adler  Voids Measurement in Concrete Using Gamma Ray Backscatter Techniques Link 
 1978  Paul Guill, MS  Mike Momeni  Wind Induced Movement of Radioactive Sands from uranium Tailings Piles Link 
 1978   Craig Greene, MS  John C. Courtney The Design, Construction, and Operation of a Neutron Activation Analysis Transfer System
 1978   Farhad Dolatshahi, MS  Robert C. McIlhenny  Preparation of Bread-Group Cross Sections for Multiple Transport Calculation-ANISN Computer Code Options Link 
 1978  Grayson Young, MS  Frank A. Iddings Evaluation of the Output from a Bent-Beam Medical Linear Accelerator Link 
 1977  Amarakoon Dharmaratne, MS

 Edward F. Zganjar  Neutron Capture Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy Using 252-Cf Link 
1977   Farzad  Rahnema, MS

R. E. Miles
 High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor Fuel Failure in the Absence of Core Cooling Link 
1977   Paul English, MS John C. Courtney Design Optimazation for an Active In-Core Nuclear Heat Calorimeter: A Parametric Study Link 
1976  Orren Williams, MS Frank A. Iddings
 Measurement of and Calibration for Gamma Sectroscopy of Mississippi River Water Link 
1976  Glenn Keller, MS
Robert C. McIlhenny The Design and Construction of a Portable Irradiation Facility Using Californium-252 Link 
1976  Lynn Curry, MS
Ronald M. Knaus Black Willow (Salix Nigra Marsh.) As A Bioaccumulator of Radioactive Pollutants in a Fresh Water Ecosystem Link 
1975  John Landry, MS  Frank A. Iddings  The Design and Evaluation of a Preset, Alarming, Electronic Dosimeter Link 
1975  Russell Kracht, MS

   Investigation of the Feasibilitly of Fabricating Special Thermoluminescent Link 
1975  Calvin Bergeron, MS

John C. Courtney
Response of Thermoluminescent Dosimeters to Californium-252 Neutrons Link 
1975  Winton Aubert, MS

 Howard Larson  Error in Prompt Feedback Reactivity at EBR-II: A Parametric Study Link 
1974  Edmond Chen, MS  John C. Courtney  Multiparameter Display For A Nuclear Reactor Simulation Link 
1974  Bruce Durst, MS  Darrell Cutforth Potential Carryover Of Alpha Contamination To A Reactor By Specimens Handled In A Hot-Cell Environment
1974  Thomas Greene, MS  Edward Lambermont  Biological Applications of Californium-252: Utilization and Dosimetry Of An Irradiation Facility And Design Of An Irradiation Assembly For Use With Small Biological Targets Link 
 1974  Sudesh Mahajan, MS

 Robert McIlhenny  Gamma Dose Rate Improvement In Gases By Electron-Conversion Plates Link 
1974  Jim Morel, MS John C. Courtney
 A Comparison of Calculated And Measured CF-252 Neutron Spectra Link 
1974  Calvin Pepper, MS  Frank A. Iddings  In-Place Determination of Cement In Concrete By Activation Analysis Link 
1974   James Robert, MS  John C. Courtney  Penetration of CF-252 Neutrons Through Laminated Shields Link
1973  Ralf Czepluch, MS  Robert McIlhenny  Evaluation Of A Low-Level Radioactive Liquid Waste Gelation Procedure Link 
1973   Lee Miller, MS  Frank A. Iddings Design And Use Of A Field Activatio Assembly
1973  Rodney Rogers, MS
 John C. Courtney  Production Of Radioisotopes For Medical And Industrial Uses With Californium-252 Link 
1972  Ernest Hamilton, MS    Digital Computer Supervision of an Analog Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Link 
1972  Michael Pulaski, MS  Frank A. Iddings  Direction of Nuclear Particle Tracks in Film Link 
1972  Edward Landry, MS
 John C. Courtney  Discrete Ordinates Treatment of a Small Subcritical Assembly Link
1972   Prabh Singh, MS  M. Sabbaghian  Thermal Stresses in Anisotropic Plates Link 
1972   Merlin Stansbury, MS  John C. Courtney  Dynamic Simulation of a Pressurized Water Reactor Link 
1972   Michael Wyatt, MS  John C. Courtney  The Neutron Environment of a Cf-252 Facility Link 
 1971  Arun Bhattacharya, MS  Myron Young   Gamma Spectral Calculations By the Moments Method Link 
 1970  David Kiesel, MS  Frank A. Iddings  Neutron Moderator Designs for a Low Voltage Accelerator Link 
1970   James Paulsen, MS  Myron Young  A Hybrid Computer Filter for Unfolding Gamma Ray Spectra Link 
 1969  Joseph Bankston, MS  R. C. McIlhenney The Effects of Gamma Radiation on Thermoluminescent Dosimetry Utilizing Lithium Flouride Link 
 1968  William Ballard, MS  R. C. McIlhenney  The Damage Effects of High Energy Link 
1966  David Lousteau, MS  Frank A. Iddings  Color Radiogtaphy Link 
1966   Barry Chernick, MS  Harry Richardson  Neutron Radiography - Utilization of Neutrons Link 
1952   James Jackson, MS  John Christman  The Effect of Biotin on Acetate Utilization Link


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