Scholarship student develops a method of cancer radiotherapy

Saudi scholarship student, Ziyad Alrowaili, who is enrolled in medical radiation physics PhD course at University of Wollongong, has developed a research study which will help improve the safety of cancer radiotherapy. Ziyad Alrowaili, who is sponsored by Al-Jouf University in Saudi Arabia, and the research team of University of Wollongong have been successful in developing an innovative way to use a radiation detector known as “Magic Plate” to direct the X-ray therapeutic beam to the affected areas in the patient’s body.

“The invented method will help in determining the accuracy of the radiation dose being delivered to the patient’s body by directing the beam to the “magic plate” before delivering the dose to the patient. This is where the beam is matched with the intended dose plan, and all measurements are verified. Then, the radiotherapy is distributed to the affected areas in the patient’s body. The treatment stops automatically in the event of non-conformity between the radiation beam and the required therapeutic dosage. This method will provide protection for patients from the side effects of non-conforming therapeutic doses”, said Ziyad Alrowaili.

University of Wollongong and other media channels published releases about this achievement. Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Taleb, the Saudi Cultural Attaché to Australia expressed his congratulations to the student on his great achievement, calling on all scholarship students in Australian universities to do their best in their academic studies and make use of what Australian universities provide in the field of scientific research, in order to develop their abilities and achieve their scientific potential.

Ziyad Alrowaili thanked Saudi government which allowed him and his colleagues to pursue their studies in prominent educational institutions. “The scholarship program has provided us with the chance to excel in a number of fields,” said Alrowaili. He also expressed his thanks and appreciation for Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia for its continuous support to scholarship students in Australia.