Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Vandiver Chaplin

Graduate Student

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My research focuses on developing and optimizing hyperthermic therapy techniques using focused ultrasound.


I work with Dr. Charles Caskey. We are currently developing ways to optimize thermal dose delivery in live tissue from a focused ultrasound transducer. Using magnetic-resonance thermometry as a guide, the distribution of thermal dose can be controlled so that only cancerous tissue regions are targeted. This knowledge will be used to help develop non-invasive, hyperthermic treatment courses for some deep-seated cancers, such as pancreatic.