Mary Gates Endowment For Students

Precision Sensing PRRT Vest Summer Internship

Faculty PI Name:

Robert Miyaoka, Ph.D.

Project or Start-Up Company Name:

Precision Sensing LLC

Lab/Project Website:

Work Location:


Work Hours (include times of recurring group meetings, special events, etc.):

COVID: Varies

Overall Program Goal:

We are developing a wearable technology to facilitate remote radiation dosimetry for patients undergoing PRRT internal radiation therapy for neuroendocrine cancers. In general, most of the dosimetry software tools are in place. We are currently working on the design implementation of the vest and also the electronics. Design implementation includes both the design of the vest and building prototype vest assemblies. The electronic goals include developing data acquisition hardware and software; signal processing software; and cellular or wifi communications software.

Intern Project Description and Responsibilities:

There are potential projects from which the intern can select from. Faculty mentor will provide guidance based upon the background of the intern. Projects range from writing software to electronic hardware and radiation detectors to cellular or wifi communications. For interns with more of a background in mechanical engineering or industrial design there are opportunities to also assist in the design and building of prototype devices.


Our ideal candidate would be a student entering their junior or senior year at the UW. The individual should be pursuing a technical degree such as: electrical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, industrial engineering/design. We are more interested in the attitude and practical skill set of the individual than their major.

Level of Independence:

At the start of the internship, the intern will meet multiple times a week with the faculty mentor. This is to get the intern up to speed on the project. After the first few weeks, meeting frequency will drop to once a week. However, meetings can occur more often if needed to keep the project moving along. There will be a certain amount of structure associated with the internship. The intern will be directed with regards to the project; however, most of the time the intern will be working on their own to complete their project. In general, as the intern gets more knowledgeable about the project, they will be expected to work more independently. The main mentor contact will be Dr. Robert Miyaoka. In addition they may correspond with Dr. Larry Pierce, Mr. Robert Harrison or Mr. Don DeWitt regarding the use of resources associated with this project.

Learning Opportunities:

The student will learn about the treatment options for neuroendocrine tumors, standard-of-care practices, new technologies for treatment options, and nuclear medical imaging techniques. They will also get experience working in an active research laboratory and be able to contribute to NIH funded research. The successful candidate will also likely be a co-author on scientific work that will be presented at an international meeting on nuclear medicine physics and instrumentation.