Dr. West has an extensive amount of experience in a broad range of medical and health physics areas. After service with both the Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in a variety of technical and regulatory roles, Dr. West spent several years in private practice with Phoenix Technology Corporation as a Senior Medical Physicist and Director of MRI Operations. Dr. West now operates West Physics, helping clients with their physics needs throughout the United States. Among his activities and accomplishments, Dr. West has been the recipient of the NRC’s Special Act Award; has participated in U.S. nuclear diplomatic negotiations at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria; has delivered the keynote address to the National Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors; has presented numerous seminars on diagnostic imaging quality assurance and radiation dose reduction; and is the holder of a United States Patent.
In addition to his many other responsibilities, Dr. West serves as an advisor to the Joint Commission on image quality and radiation safety issues, most recently providing technical advice related to the new 2015 Joint Commission Imaging Standards. He serves as the Chair of the AAPM Professional Survey Subcommittee and also serves on the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s School of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (currently the top-ranked graduate nuclear engineering program in the U.S.).
Dr. West is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (with specialty in Medical Physics, Radiological and Environmental Sciences) – The University of Michigan
- Master’s of Radiological Health Engineering – The University of Michigan
- Bachelor’s of Nuclear Engineering – Georgia Institute of Technology
- American Board of Radiology – Diagnostic Radiological Physics
- American Board of Health Physics – Comprehensive Health Physics
- American Academy of Health Physics
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine
- American College of Radiology
- American Healthcare Radiology Administrators
- American Society of Radiologic Technologists
- Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors
- Health Physics Society
- International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Kearfott, K. J., West, W. G., “An Affordable Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter Reader Utilizing Multiple Excitation Wavelengths”, Appl. Radiat. Isot., vol. 104, pp. 87-99, 2015.
Kearfott, K.J., West, W.G., Rafique, M., “The optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) properties of LIF:Mg,Tl, Li2B4O7:Cu, CaSO4:Tm, and CaF2:Mn thermoluminescent (TL) materials”, Appl. Radiat. Isot., vol. 99, pp. 155-161, May 2015.
West, W.G., “How to Create a World Class Dose Reduction Program”, Radiol. Mgmt., pp. 39-41, Sep/Oct 2014.
West, W.G., “Preparing for (and Surviving) an ACR On-Site Accreditation Inspection”, Radiol. Mgmt., pp. 12-13, Nov/Dec 2011.
West, W.G., Kearfott, K.J., and Bernal, S.M., “The Sunlight OSL Response of a-Al2O3:C”, Rad. Prot. Dosim., vol. 119 no. 1-4, pp. 344-349, April 2006.
West, W.G., Kalchik, A.F., et. al., “An Affordable Optically Stimulated Luminescent Dosimeter Reader”, Health Physics Society, 2005.
Bell, Z.W., West, W.G., et. al., “Monte Carlo Analysis of a Mercuric Iodide Neutron/Gamma Detector”, Trans. on Nucl. Sci., 2005 (in review).
Bell, Z.W., Carpenter, D.A., et. al., “Neutron Detection with Cryogenics and Semiconductors”, Phys. Stat. Sol. (C), vol. 2 no. 5, pp. 1592-1605, 2005.
McDonald, J.T., West, W.G., and Kearfott, K.J., “An Evaluation of the Kearny Fallout Meter (KFM), a Radiation Detector Constructed from Commonly Available Household Materials”, Oper. Rad. Safety, vol. 87 no. 5, pp. S52-S57, November 2004.
West, W.G., Kearfott, K.J., and Bernal, S.M., “The Sunlight OSL Response of a-Al2O3:C”, Rad. Prot. Dosim., 2004 (in review).
Gunnett, R.B., Kearfott, K.J., et. al., “Simple Design of a Moving Mechanical Collimator for Varying Exposure of Thermoluminescent Dosimeters (TLDs) over a 15-Day Period”, Health Physics Society, 2003.
West, W.G. and Kearfott, K.J., “An Analysis of the Current State of MRI Quality Assurance Regulation in the United States and the Effect of the Increasing Regulatory Burden on the Health Care Industry” Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, 2003.
“The New Joint Commission Imaging Requirements – How to Ensure Your Facility is Ready” – GE Healthcare Educational Webinar – May 7, 2014.
“The New Joint Commission Imaging Requirements – How to Ensure That Your Facility is Ready” – AHRA 2014 Spring Conference (San Antonio, TX) – April 24, 2014.
“What Can We Learn From Ten Years and 2,000 ACR MRI Physics Surveys? The top five reasons why MRI units fail, and how to avoid failures at your facility” – GE Healthcare Educational Webinar – September 11, 2013.
“Radiation Dose Reduction: Tying It All Together” – 2013 AHRA Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN) – July 28, 2013.
“Recent Changes to the ACR CT Accreditation Program and How to Implement Them” – GE Healthcare Educational Webinar – March 27, 2013.
“Optimal Ways to Prepare and Plan for ACR Accreditation” – GE Healthcare Educational Webinar – June 15, 2011.
“ACR and IAC Accreditation for MRI, CT and Nuclear Medicine” – 2010 RSNA Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL) – December 2, 2010.
“ACR and IAC Accreditation for MRI, CT and Nuclear Medicine” – 2010 AHRA Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.) – August 22, 2010.
“ACR/ICAMRL High-Field MRI Inspection Preparation and Program Update” – Daytona Beach, FL – October 13, 2008.
“ACR CT Accreditation: Getting Started and Staying Accredited” – Eugene, OR – January 27, 2008.
“ACR MRI Inspection Preparation and Program Update” – Daytona Beach, FL – October 8, 2007.
“The ACR CT Accreditation Program: Getting and Staying Accredited” – Daytona Beach, FL – October 8, 2007.
“Medical Physics and the MiniCAT: Covering the Technical and Regulatory Needs of the MiniCAT Owner” – San Diego, CA – February, 2007.
“Mammography Technology Update – New Products & Technologies” – New Orleans, LA – June 2, 2006.
“ACR Accreditation Update – Are You Ready for an On-Site Inspection?” – Las Vegas, NV – May 24-26, 2006.
“ACR Accreditation Update – Unique Problems and Solutions for 3T Scanners” – Las Vegas, NV – May 24-26, 2006.
“ACR Accreditation Update – Recent Developments & Preparing for an ACR Inspection” – Atlanta, GA – March 18, 2006.
“ACR Quality Control – MRI Program Update and Refresher” – Charleston, SC – October 9, 2004.
“ACR MRI Quality Assurance and the Current State of the ACR MRI Accreditation Program” – Las Vegas, NV – September 3-5, 2003.
“The ACR CT Accreditation Program – An Overview” – Las Vegas, NV – September 3-5, 2003.
“Designing and Managing an ACR Quality Control Program for Your Open MR Facility” – Las Vegas, NV – April 8-10, 2003.
“Understanding, Implementing & Maintaining an ACR MRI Quality Control Program at Your Facility” – Eugene, OR – January 18, 2003.
“Implementing the New ACR MRI QA Program – A Seminar for Technologists and Program Directors” – Atlanta, GA – July 20, 2002.
“MRI ACR Quality Control Procedures for the Technologist” – Orlando, FL – June 29, 2002.
“Optimizing Magnetic Resonance Image Quality & MRI Quality Assurance Under the New ACR Guidelines” (w/ Dr. Perry Sprawls) – Atlanta, GA – January 12, 2002.