Ronald Harrop

Professor Emeritus, Computing Science at Simon Fraser University and Mathematics
Adjunct Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Senior Research Scientist, University Hospital, UBC

Area: Biomedical Computing


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Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Cambridge,1953
M.A. 1950
B.A. Mathematics 1946

Research interests

(1) The use of positron emission tomography in the study of Alzheimer's disease and of certain other disorders. This involves cooperative work with a group of researchers at UBC who are concerned with an overall study of the diseases.
(2) Work associated with the design and prototype building of a volume imaging positron emission tomograph. This includes aspects of detector testing, data acquisition and processing, image reconstruction and display.
(3) Medical Informatics.



  • A.Celler, T.Farcombe, R.Harrop and D.Lyster, Dynamic Heart-in-Thorax phantom for functional SPECT. IEEE Tranans.Nuc.Sci., vol.44, 1600-1605 (1997)
  • R.G.Wells, A.Celler and R.Harrop, Experimental validation of an analytical method of calculating SPECT projection data. IEEE Trans.Nuc.Sci., vol.44 1283-122290 (1997)
  • C.J.Dykstra, T.Bortfeld, J.Debus, A.Lomax, R.Harrop, W.Schlegel and G.Munkel, Characterization of dose distribution in radiation therapy plans. Radiotherapy and Oncology (Technical Note),vol.41, 281-284 (1996)
  • C.J.Dykstra, R.Harrop, A.M.Celler and M.S.Atkins, Quantitative 3D data extraction using contiguous volumes. 1996 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record 1822-1825 (1996)
  • A. Celler, A.Sitek and R.Harrop, Reconstruction of multiple line source attenuation maps. 1996 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record 1420-1424 (1996)