What is Medical Physics?
Medical Physics is a field that utilizes the principles of physics to enhance, optimize, and develop medical practices. Its focus is on utilizing physics theories and techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases.
Medical Physicists as Health Professionals
Medical physicists work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, and technologists, to ensure the safe and effective use of radiation and other forms of energy in medical procedures. They play a crucial role in the development and application of imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine.
Medical physicists also work in radiation therapy, which is used to treat cancer patients. They use their knowledge of radiation physics to plan and deliver the precise amount of radiation to the tumor while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. They also work on the development and use of new techniques such as proton therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.
In addition to diagnostic and therapeutic applications, medical physics also plays a role in radiation safety and protection. Medical physicists work to ensure that radiation is used safely in medical procedures and that patients, staff, and the general public are protected from unnecessary exposure.
Overall, medical physics is a multidisciplinary field that plays a vital role in healthcare and medicine. It combines physics, engineering, and medicine to improve patient care, enhance the accuracy of medical procedures, and ensure patient safety.
In the Philippines, medical physicists are generally found in hospitals nationwide utilizing their skills and expertise in diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, and more to improve healthcare delivery. SMPRP promotes and develops the profession of medical physics towards realizing national goals for health and research.
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