Facilities and Learning Environments

The physics residency program is situated in the Departments of Radiation Oncology at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute. The Program is one of several educational programs in Radiation Oncology, including programs training radiation oncology residents, and graduate medical physics students.  Interaction between learners in the various educational programs includes, but is not limited to, participation in joint conferences, teaching classes in other programs, and joint clinical participation.

The Medical Physics Residency Program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is in the Comprehensive Cancer Center building.  Radiation Oncology at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is equipment includes:

  • Six Elekta accelerators (Versa x3, Infinity x2, Axesse) with IMRT, VMAT, IGRT, and SGRT capabilities and one Gamma Knife
  • Treatment planning is performed using RaySearch RayStation, Elekta Monaco, or modality-specific software
  • The departmental imaging capabilities include
    • GE Optima CT580W wide-bore bariatric 4D CT scanner
    • Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS Open 20 4D CT scanner
    • Dedicated GE Discovery DST Highlander 4D PET/CT unit
    • Dedicated Siemens Vida MRI (3.0 T)
    • kV and MV on-board imaging
  • Other imaging modalities (PET-MR, SPECT, and ultrasound) are available in the hospital through the Department of Radiology.
  • Brachytherapy offerings include an Elekta HDR remote afterloader used for prostate, esophageal, lung, and a variety of gynecological applications and an LDR program featuring prostate implants, eye plaques, and Y-90 microspheres.

Radiation Oncology facilities at LCI clinics include:

  • GE Discovery & Philips 4D CT scanners
  • 1 Elekta Infinity
  • 12 Varian TrueBeam or Clinac model linear accelerators with IMRT, IGRT, and SGRT capabilities. 
  • A Novalis Tx, along with two of the aforementioned TrueBeams are equipped to deliver linac dynamic arc-based intensity modulated or cone-based stereotactic radiotherapy.
  • Treatment planning is performed using Varian Eclipse/Brachyvision, RayStation or BrainLab iPlan/Elements software. 
  • Brachytherapy programs include 2 Varian HDR remote afterloaders, a prostate implant program, an Intravascular brachytherapy program and radionuclide therapies such as Xofigo (Ra-223), Lutathera and Pluvicto. 

Beginning in 2024, proton therapy and GammaKnife radiotherapy will be offered in a brand new radiotherapy treatment facility in uptown Charlotte that is currently under construction.

Physics residents have full access to the Carpenter Library at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Charlotte AHEC Library, including subscriptions to thousands of medical journals. Residents have full access to library services, including on-line search of library holdings, Medline searches, and inter-library loan services.  In addition, the medical physics residency program maintains a growing library of medical physics textbooks and reference books. New additions to the library are purchased from departmental funds and are driven by the needs and suggestions of the physics residents.