Medical Physics

Medical Physics is the application of physics research to the medical arts for the design of equipment and techniques used to safely study the human body and diagnose and treat diseases.

 

Summary

Medical Physics is the application of physics research to the medical arts for the design of equipment and techniques used to safely study the human body and diagnose and treat diseases. Some examples of the application of developments in physics to the medical arts are the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed axial tomography (CAT scan), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and x-rays, mammography equipment, and radiation in the treatment of cancer. Medical physicists also study the health effects of radiation in non-clinical environments (CareerCornerstone).

Medical Physicists are involved with patient care, research, and teaching/consultation. There are four subfields of medical physics:

  1. Therapeutic Medical Physics
  2. Diagnostic Medical Physics
  3. Nuclear Medical Physics
  4. Medical Health Physics

 

Educational Requirements

This profession requires students to obtain a master’s degree or PhD. Upon graduating, many students enter a one to two year residency training at a hospital. Careers begin when students pass a certification exam for one of the four subfields. These exams are offered through the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Medical Physics.

 

Average Salary 2013

$88,000

 

Want to know more?

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Physics Today

Medical Physics Web

Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (open access)

 

Get Connected

Belonging to professional organizations & LinkedIn groups can provide you with networking, informational interviewing, & job shadowing opportunities, as well as assist you with finding internships and jobs.

Student Physicist Association Subcommittee

Radiological Society of North America

Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Group

Medical Physicists

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

List of Professional Organizations

The Career Connector for Purdue College of Science Students & Alumni

 

Get Experience

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience

Research & Internship Listings

 

Find a Job

American Association of Physicists in Medicine Jobs

Job Search Sites Related to Your Major           

 

Information retrieved from http://careercornerstone.org/physics/physspec2.htm#Medical_Physics

 

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