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Medical Physicists have specialised training in the medical applications of physics. They contribute specialist scientific and technical expertise and skills towards the diagnosis and treatment of individual patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Medical Physicists work in hospital diagnostic imaging departments or cancer treatment facilities.    

Medical Physicists specialise in one of three areas:

  • Diagnostic Radiology 
  • Nuclear Medicine 
  • Radiotherapy

Medical Physicists play an essential role in the safe medical use of many different types of radiation producing equipment and uses of radioactivity. The Medical Physicist will use specialised ​​equipment to measure and calculate the doses of radiation received by patients during their diagnostic imaging or treatment a​nd by the staff delivering it. The Medical Physicist will providing scientific and technical expertise on the design of radiation facilities, the safe handling, storage and disposal of radioactive materials and will also survey the working environment.

The Medical Physicist will also be involved in the specification, procurement, acceptance testing and quality control of complex and expensive medical equipment including radiotherapy linear accelerators and imaging equipment such as X-ray CT scanners and MRI scanners.

Back Office Process

Radiotherapy Physics

Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with radiation such as X-rays and electrons. Medical Physicists maintain the precision and accuracy of treatments by using advanced computer calculations to develop individual patient treatment plans (using either external radiation beams or internally placed radioactive sources) to treat the tumour whilst minimising the radiation dose to surrounding tissue. They also ensure that equipment is calibrated accurately and used safely. They develop new techniques to improve the effectiveness of radiotherapy treatments.

Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is the use of radioactive substances (such as radiolabelled pharmaceuticals) to help diagnose and treat patients. Medical Physicists may be engaged in manufacturing radiolabelled pharmaceuticals and then obtaining images and making measurements. They ensure that radioactive materials are purchased, used and disposed of safely and are involved in interpreting results and developing new procedures for both diagnosis and therapy.

Diagnostic Radiology
Diagnostic radiology is the use of various imaging modalities (such as plain films, fluoroscopy, CT scanning etc) to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Medical Physicists monitor and optimise the performance of imaging equipment and give advice on the specification and acceptance of new equipment. They develop and assess new techniques to ensure the best images are obtained with minimum exposure to radiation.

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How to Contact Us
You can contact us by:

  • Coming personally to our office
  • Contacting us via phone or fax 
  • Writing to us 

 

​​Our Office
Address
Radiotherapy Department for RT,
Medical Imaging Department for DR and Nuclear Medicine (All to be situated at MDH by next year)
 
Opening hours
We are open during the following hours:

Monday-Friday         8.30 – 16.30
When you visit our Office we will:
  • Be quick, courteous and helpful
  • Welcome you in a clean and friendly environment.


When you phone us you can expect us to:
  • Answer promptly
  • Identify ourselves. 
 
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