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Federica Zanca was born in Ferrara, Italy. She received her Master Degree in Physics at Ferrara University, Italy, in 1997. After having obtained a further Master in Science, Technology and Management at the same university, she joined Montell (Shell), Italy, in 1998 as a research physicist involved in X-ray characterization of polymers. She moved to Belgium for a research fellowship at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), in 1999, where she developed a radiation image read out method for CR systems in collaboration with AGFA-Gevaert. As from August 2000, she was X-ray Product Specialist, at General Electric Medical Systems, (Milan, Italy), where she specialized in X-ray equipment and its clinical application, as well as in business and management related aspects. She returned to Belgium and became R&D Project Manager at the Department of Physics and Concept Engineer in Proton Therapy for Ion Beam Applications (IBA, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) in 2003. She was Project Manager for the development of a new system for Patient Alignment during proton therapy examinations. As from 2004, she began to work as clinical medical physicist in Radiology Department at the University Hospitals Leuven, (Leuven, Belgium). While working, she obtained a master-after-master in Medical Radiation Physics (2005) and a PhD in Biomedical Science at the Faculty of Medicine of the same university (2009). As from 2014, Federica joined GE Healthcare as Dose Leader Benelux. Since October 2012 she is also Professor at the Department of Imaging and Pathology of the KU Leuven. Her primary areas of research is medical imaging and it includes mammography, computed tomography, dosimetry and statistics applied to medical imaging.


Current Experience

  • Chief Scientist DoseWatch
    Since April 2015

  • Assistent Professor,
    Since October 2012

  • Expert Evaluator
    Since January 2003
    evaluation of project proposals for research activities and monitoring of founded project in the domain of medical imaging.

Past Experience

  • Dose Leader Benelux
    May 2014 --- March 2015

  • Medical Physicist in Radiology
    August 2004 --- April 2014
    Research topics: CT scanner, CT dose and protocol optimization, observer performance experiments, statistics, medical imaging,mammography, clinical research, radiology.

  • Project Manager
    July 2003 --- August 2004
    Basic knowledge of proton therapy and proton therapy equipments Good knowledge of x-ray digital detector and their application in proton therapy Follow-up of the technology development on the market (participation to congresses) Customer sites follow-up for PAS project Collaboration with companies involved in RT for new development concerning treatment planning and PAS Management of the project (schedule, budget, resources…)

  • X-ray Product Specialist
    July 2000 --- March 2003
    Good knowledge of x-ray equipment and their clinical application (technical expertise in modality) Preparation and coordination of tender response and validation of tender documentation Follow-up of the technology development on the market (participation to congresses) Customer sites follow-up and product demonstration Involved in driving major company initiatives (six-sigma, e-business, etc.)

  • researcher
    January 1999 --- June 2000
    Design study of a fully digital radiographic system Collaboration with international institutes working on digital radiography

  • Junior researcher
    September 1997 --- April 1998
    Structural characterization of Ziegler- Natta catalysts by X-ray diffraction. New products development in collaboration with the Business Department. Development of new research projects in collaboration with others divisions.


LinkedIn Assessment :
CT /DOSE/PROTOCOLSMammographyObserver performance experimentsRadiographyMedical ImagingX-rayMedical PhysicsClinical researchComputed TomographyMedicineRadiologyDigital ImagingPhysicsRadiationHospitalsImage AnalysisExperimentationR&DOpticsImage ProcessingBiomedical EngineeringCancerMedical DevicesHealthcareResearchStatistics


  • PhD in Medical Physics from University of Leuven in 2009
  • Gediplomeerde in de Gespecialiseerde Studies van Medische Stralingsfysica in Medical Physics from University of Leuven in 2005
  • Gediplomeerde in de Gespecialiseerde Studies van Medische Stralingsfysica in Medical Physics from University of Leuven in 2004
  • Master after master in Master of Science Technology and Management from Università degli Studi di Ferrara in 1998
  • Master in Physics in Physics from Università degli Studi di Ferrara in 1997

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium


Driving License
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