Therapeutic Medical Physics


This branch of medical physics concerns the physical aspects of the therapeutic applications of x-rays, gamma rays, electron and other charged particle beams, neutrons, and radiation from sealed radionuclide sources.  Of paramount importance are the appropriate application and safe operation of the equipment and sources used to plan, deliver and verify patient treatment.  An individual certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Medical Physics is considered competent to practice this discipline as a Qualified Medical Physicist.

Diagnostic Medical Physics


This branch of medical physics concerns the diagnostic applications of x-rays, gamma rays from sealed sources, ultrasonic radiation and magnetic resonance.  The primary focus of this discipline is image production, quality and radiation safety associated with the use of equipment and sources.  An individual certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Medical Physics is considered competent to practice this discipline as a Qualified Medical Physicist.

 Medical Dosimetry

The Medical Dosimetrist is a member of the radiation oncology team who has knowledge of the overall characteristics and clinical relevance of radiation oncology treatment machines and equipment, is cognizant of procedures commonly used in brachytherapy and has the education and expertise necessary to generate radiation dose distributions and dose calculations in collaboration with the medical physicist and radiation oncologist.

 

Last updated: November 5, 2013 

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