Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Southeastern) at Newnan, Georgia, delivers radiation oncology and diagnostic imaging to patients under the guidance and recommendations of our medical physicists. A medical physicist is an individual who specializes in medical physics, or the application of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical physicists collaborate with radiation oncologists to help design individualized treatment plans. They also monitor equipment and procedures at our Georgia hospital to help maintain safe radiation protocols and develop improved imaging techniques.
Medical physicists at Southeastern, located near Atlanta, are highly trained and educated to maintain and improve the quality and safety of medical devices and equipment. John Swanson, PhD, is the Chief of Medical Physics at our Newnan, Georgia-based facility. Dr. Swanson earned a PhD in medical physics/nuclear engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Board certified in therapeutic radiological physics, medical physics and diagnostic physics, Dr. Swanson enjoys interacting directly with patients. He helps maintain and improve the quality and safety of the medical equipment at CTCA® in Newnan.
Some patients receiving care at our Atlanta-area hospital complete diagnostic imaging tests or undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment. Our medical physicists are responsible for the selection, acceptance testing, commissioning and professional use of medical devices, including X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and other imaging equipment. They perform routine quality assurance testing of the radiation sources used to deliver radiation treatment. At Southeastern, our medical physicists work closely with an integrative care team in one location, communicating daily, coordinating treatments and providing customized cancer treatment tailored to your individual needs and goals.