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About Medical Physics

Medical Physics is the branch of physics associated with the practice of medicine. It includes the specialties of therapeutic radiological physics, diagnostic imaging physics, nuclear medicine physics, and medical health physics (radiation protection).

Medical physicists contribute to the development and implementation of therapeutic techniques (e.g., external beam, brachytherapy, high-density radiation, stereotactic radiosurgery), collaborate with radiation oncologists to design and carry out patient-specific treatment plans, and monitor equipment and procedures to insure that cancer patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location, while minimizing the radiation dose to the surrounding normal tissue.

 


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