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Irene Polycarpou
Vice Chairperson, Associate Professor, Medical Physics
The School of Sciences
Department of Health Sciences
Academic Qualifications
Qualification Year Awarding Institution Department Thesis title (optional entry)  
Ph.D. in Imaging Sciences 2010-2014 King’s College London Medical Physics The impact of respiratory motion correction methods on tumour detection and quantification in (PET)
MSc in Medical Engineering and Physics 2008-2009 King’s College London Medical Engineering and Physics Evaluation of Scatter Correction Approaches in PET
BSc in Physics 2004-2008 University of Cyprus Physics Attenuation correction of SPECT images using CT or Gd-156 sources.
Employment History
Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
2014 2018 European University Cyprus Cyprus Lecturer and Coordinator of the program Radiodiagnostics/Radiotherapy
2017 2018 German Oncology Centre Cyprus Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Nuclear Medicine Medical Physicist
2013 2014 St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London London, UK Postdoctoral Researcher
Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
2017 Synthesis of Realistic Simultaneous Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data Polycarpou I, Soultanidis G and Tsoumpas C IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 35(3) pp. 703-711
2017 Impact of respiratory motion correction on SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging using a mechanically moving phantom assembly with variable cardiac defects Polycarpou I, Chrysanthou I, Demetriadou O, Parpottas Y, Panagidis C, Marsden P K and Livieratos L Journal of Nuclear Cardiology, 24(4) pp. 1216 – 1225
2015 Quantitative evaluation of PET respiratory motion correction using real time PET/MR simulated data Polycarpou I, Tsoumpas C, King A and Marsden P K IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 62(6) pp. 3110 – 3116
2015 Respiratory motion correction of PET using MR-constrained PET-PET registration Balfour D, Marsden P K, Polycarpou I,, Kolbitsch C and King A P BioMedical Engineering OnLine, 14(85)
2015 Appropriately regularized OSEM can improve the reconstructed PET images of data with low count statistic Karaoglanis K, Polycarpou I,, Efthimiou N and Tsoumpas C Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 18(2) pp. 140–145
2013  Impact of respiratory motion correction and spatial resolution on lesion detection in PET: A simulation study based on real MR dynamic data Polycarpou I, Tsoumpas C, King A and Marsden P K Physics in Medicine and Biology, 59(3) pp. 697–713
2013 A 5D Computational Phantom for Pharmacokinetic Simulation Studies in Dynamic Emission Tomography Kotasidis A, Tsoumpas C, Polycarpou I and Zaidi H. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 38(8) pp. 764–773
2011 The effect of regularisation in motion compensated PET image reconstruction: A realistic numerical 4D simulation study Tsoumpas C, Polycarpou I, Thielemans K, Green Buerger K, King A, Schaeffter T and Marsden P K Physics in Medicine and Biology, 58(6) pp. 1759–1773
2012 Analysis and comparison of two methods for motion correction in PET imaging Polycarpou I, Tsoumpas C and Marsden P K Medical Physics, 39(10) pp. 6474–6483
2011 Comparative evaluation of scatter correction in 3D PET using different scatter-level approximations Polycarpou I, Thielemans K, Manjeshwar R, Aguiar P, Marsden P K and Tsoumpas C Annals of Nuclear Medicine, 25(9) pp. 643–649
Research Projects
Date Title Funded by Project Role*
1 2018-2022 Optimizing the diagnostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging under the influence of liver activity Biomedical Research Foundation, Cyprus                      Restart 2016-2020, Επιστήμες Ζωής, Πρόγραμμα Νησίδες Αριστείας   ΕXCELLENCE/1216/0085 Partner leader / Researcher
2 2013-2014 Optimizing the diagnostic value of SPECT myocardial perfusion images under the influence of respiratory motion Biomedical Research Foundation, Cyprus ΥΓEIA/∆ΥΓEIA/0311(BIE)/27                      Partner leader / Researcher
2013-2014 PET-MR motion correction Sublima, FP7 EU project (no.  241711), Researcher
2012 Optimizing Diagnostic Value in SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging Biomedical Research Foundation, Cyprus ΥΓEIA/∆ΥΓEIA/0308/11 Researcher
2017 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Biomarkers for Chronic Kidney Disease COST Action CA16103 Research Team Member
Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees
Period Organization Title of Position or Service Key Activities
6/2/2015 to present Society of Medical Physicists Cyprus (ΣΦΙΚ) Vice President Stands‐in for the President, in all duties, when the President is unavailable (i.e. Chairs the AGM’s, Council and Executive Board Meetings).
10/12/2016 to present Cyprus Association of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (CAMPBE) Vice President Stands‐in for the President, in all duties, when the President is unavailable (i.e. Chairs the AGM’s, Council and Executive Board Meetings).
1/05/2018 to present European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) Council delegate for Cyprus Represent Cyprus in the EFOMP. In contact with EFOMP for the newest updates on medical physics aspects. Right to vote in elections that take decisions for subjects related to the profession of medical physics in the European Union. Organization of trainings and conferences under the auspices of EFOMP.
20/12/2014 to 10/12/2016 Cyprus Association of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (CAMPBE) Treasurer Keeps the Accounts of the Association and prepares its budget following the directives of Council and the President. Collects all fees and dues owed to the Association, issues receipts and makes relevant bank deposits. Presents Accounts for audit to any Auditors that Council may decide to appoint.
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