Wendy McDougald Research Group
Information on the research interests, projects, and members of Wendy McDougald's Research Group.
Dr Wendy McDougald
Physics Research Fellow
My interests lie in using Monte Carlo simulations and X-ray beam measurements with an in-house developed anthropomorphic rodent phantom to gain a greater understanding of the levels of ionising radiation small laboratory animals are routinely exposed to during CT imaging. Based on CT X-ray beam intensities the Monte Carlo simulations will mechanistically model the radiochemistry and physics of ionising radiation effects on organs, cells and DNA. Additionally, establishing CT guidelines and regulating doses will reduce the cumulative severity effects of radiation, especially in longitudinal studies. This will improve animal welfare while reducing the potential impact of biological responses from the radiation effect on research studies.