Chester Reft, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation and Cellular Oncology

Research Summary

Dr. Reft's research is in the area of radiation dosimetry.  He has studied and published a paper on the use of Optically Stimulated Luminescent Detectors for use in photon, electron, proton and carbon radiotherapy. Dr. Reft's current research involves using thermoluminescent detectors to measure the neutron dose and dose equivalent to patients in high energy photon (Energy>10 MV) and proton beams. He is a member of three AAPM Task Groups in radiation dosimetry which are writing reports for publication in: (1) Small field and non-equilibrium condition photon beams, (2) Management of radiotherapy patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, and (3) Recommendations on the clinical use of luminescent dosimeters. 


  • Thomadsen, H. Heaton, et al. Off-label use of medical products used in radiation therapy: summary report of AAPM TG 121, Med. Phys. 37, 2300-2312. 2012. 
  • CS Reft. The energy dependence and dose response of a commercial optically stimulated luminescent detector for kilovoltage photon, megavoltage photon and electron, proton and carbon beams. Med Phys. 36, 1690-1699. 2009.
  • M. Altman, B Vesper, B Smith, M Stinauer, C Pelizzari, B Aygodan, C Reft, J Radosevich, S Chmura and J Roeske. Characterization of a novel phantom for three-dimensional in vitro cell experiments. Phys. Med. Biol. 54N 75. 2009.