Diagnostic Physics

A qualified medical physicist is a professional who has the appropriate education and experience to apply physics in the area of clinical medicine. This is most often the areas of therapeutic and diagnostic radiology.

As part of the medical imaging team, the role of the medical physicist is to ensure that patient images are of the highest quality. Our role is also to be a resource for the physicians and technologists, helping them better understand the technical aspects of the imaging methods so that they can use them most effectively. We work with the physicians in calculating any risks from radiation that patients or their unborn children may receive during an imaging procedure. We are also responsible for solving any clinical issues related to equipment and technology that may come up in the routine clinical practice.

We are also involved in research and teaching the diagnostic radiology imaging physics course that is offered to the radiology residents every year. This course provides radiology residents with an understanding of the physics principles and theory involved for diagnostic radiology imaging modalities as well as prepare for their board exam. Overall, the course objective is to provide the radiology resident with a better understanding of the technology and physical principles of the equipment used in radiology.