Roles and responsibilities
Medical physicists are generally concerned with the application of physics to medical imaging and radiotherapy, although they may work in many other areas of healthcare.
The roles and responsibilities for clinical medical physicists vary depending upon the sub-specialty in which they are employed. However, the tasks are mainly related to the safety and performance of related equipment and computer systems.
Medical physicists are closely involved in the commissioning, calibration, safe operation and maintenance of medical systems used in radiotherapy treatment, nuclear medicine, X-ray imaging, CT scans, mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
A medical physics department may be based in either a hospital or a university and its work is likely to include research, technical development and clinical healthcare.