First Name
Last Name
Associate Member
Office Room
Faculty of Dentistry
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-6641
Research Groups

Students Wanted
actively recruiting

Bachelor's Degree
University of Waterloo, 1997, BSc in Honours Chemical Physics

Doctoral Degree
University of Western Ontario, 2005, PhD in Medical Biophysics

Employment History

Dr. Ford's research experience includes working as a Research Assistant in a Digital Mammography research group at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto ON, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Imaging Research Labs at the Robarts Research Institute in London ON. From 2006 to 2011, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Ryerson University. 

Dr. Ford was recruited to UBC in 2011 as the Director of the UBC Centre for High-Throughput Phenogenomics.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biological and Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Dentistry.  

Research Area
Medical Physics

Research Field
X-ray imaging, micro-computed tomography, dental x-ray imaging

Selected Publications

 ****New book: Handbook of Small Animal Imaging: Preclinical Imaging, Therapy, and Applications 

Edited by: George C. Kagadis, Nancy L. Ford, Dimitrios N. Karnabatidis, George K. Loudos; 2016; CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

Preclinical imaging

Ford NL, McCaig L, Jeklin A, Lewis JF, Veldhuizen RAW, Holdsworth DW, Drangova M, “A respiratory-gated micro-CT comparison of respiratory patterns in free-breathing and mechanically ventilated rats”. PHYSIOLOGICAL REPORTS (2017) 5:2 DOI:10.14814/phy2.13074 

Jaw JE, Tsuruta M, Suda K, Oh Y, Schipilow J, Hirano Y, Ngan DA, Suda K, Li Y, Oh JY, Tam S, Ford NL, van Eeden S, Wright J, Man SFP, Sin DD, "Inflammation with Lipopolysaccharide Causes Atheroma Destabilisation" EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL (2016) 48: 205-215. DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00972-2015  

 Karimi, D., P. Deman, R.K. Ward, N.L. Ford, “A Sinogram Denoising Algorithm for Low-Dose Computed Tomography” BMC MEDICAL IMAGING (2016) 16:11 DOI: 10.1186/s12880-016-0112-5 

Wiebe S, Wysokinski TW, Belev G, Miller D, Webb A, Zhu N, Cooper D, Izadifar Z, Panahifar A, Samadi N, Martinson M, Ford NL, Deman P, Luan X,  Ianowski JP, Chen D,  Chapman D, “Bio-Medical Imaging Using Synchrotron Radiation - The Experience of the BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) Facility at the Canadian Light Source”, SYNCHROTRON RADIATION NEWS. 28(5):16-23, 2015

Ford NL, Jeklin A, Yip K, Yohan D, Holdsworth DW and Drangova M. "Optimization of Image Quality in Retrospective Respiratory-gated Micro-CT for Quantitative Measurements of Lung Function in Free-breathing Rats". Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering 2014; 7: 157-172. 

Nasui OC, Bisland SK and Ford NL. "Monitoring vascular changes induced by photodynamic therapy using contrast-enhanced micro-computed tomography". Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering 2013; 6: 124 - 133. 
Foster WK, Ford NL. Investigating the effect of longitudinal micro-CT imaging on tumor growth in mice. Phys Med Biol 2011; 56(2):315-326. 

Dental Imaging 

Wahid, M.A., E. Choi, D. MacDonald and N.L. Ford. “Dosimetry Analysis of Panoramic- Imaging Devices in Different-Sized Phantoms”. JOURNAL OF APPLIED CLINICAL MEDICAL PHYSICS (2017) DOI:10.1002/acm2.12059

Sonya, D.A., J. Davies and N.L. Ford. " A comparison of CBCT image quality obtained with different fields of view, voxel spacing and angular sampling for iCAT NG ". JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL RADIOLOGY (2016) 4(2):31-39. 

Schroeder, A., N.L. Ford, J. Coil, “Micro-Computed Tomography Analysis Of Post Space Preparation In Teeth Obturated With Carrier-Based Thermoplasticized Gutta Percha Techniques” INTERNATIONAL ENDODONTIC JOURNAL. Published Online: March 6 2016 doi:10.1111/iej.12618

Abouei, E., Lee, S., N.L. Ford, “Image quality and dose measurement for partial cone-beam CT”, Journal of Medical Imaging. 2015, 2(4), 044002 

Choi E and Ford NL. " Measuring Absorbed Dose for i-CAT CBCT Exams in Child, Adolescent and Adult Phantoms". Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. 44: 20150018 
Deman P, Atwal P, Duzenli C, Thakur Y, Ford NL. Dose measurements for dental cone-beam CT: a comparison with MSCT and panoramic imaging. Physics in Medicine & Biology 2014; 59(12): 3201-3222. 
Clinical Medical Imaging 
Mendelsohn, D., J. Strelzow, N. Dea, N.L. Ford, J. Batke, M. Dvorak, C. Fisher, J. Street, “Patient and Surgeon Radiation Exposure during Spinal Instrumentation using Intraoperative CT-Based Navigation”, THE SPINE JOURNAL, Published online Dec. 10, 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2015.11.020 

Ford NL, Protik A, Babyn PJ, Thomas K. Does resampled image data offer quantitative image quality benefit for paediatric CT? Journal of Biomedical Science & Engineering 2014; 7: 343-350.