Thomas R. Mackie, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Medical Physics and Human Oncology


330 N Orchard St
Madison, WI 53715 

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BS 1980, Physics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK

PhD 1984, Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB


Research Interests
Thomas "Rock" Mackie recently retired as Director of Medical Devices at the Morgridge Institute for Research. He led a team committed to developing medical technology for diagnosing, treating and preventing disease with more precise and cost-effective methodologies. Mackie and his investigative team used a specially designed rapid prototyping and fabrication laboratory for developing and testing new medical technology innovations generated from both Morgridge scientists and the campus biomedical community. They also worked in the emerging field of multi-scale imaging to bridge between medical imaging and microscopy. (Currently, Dr. Mackie's team and successor at Medical Devices are collaborating on a photonics project with LOCI along with several other microscopy projects that will benefit from MERI involvement.)  Dr. Mackie continues to be very interested in the application of these imaging technologies to the eye and eye-related diseases.

     Dr. Mackie is also the co-inventor of TomoTherapy, or Helical Tomotherapy, a form of computed tomography (CT) guided IMRT or Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy which is a relatively new type of radiation therapy delivery system. The unit was one of the first devices capable of providing modern image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). Mackie founded the radiotherapy company TomoTherapy as well as the radiation treatment software company Geometrics.


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