Medical Physics

Medical Physics is a field concerned with the application of physics concepts in areas including radiation oncology, medical imaging, nuclear medicine and radiation safety.

Radiation oncology medical physicists (ROMPs) are responsible for ensuring that the delivered dose matches the planned dose. This involves commissioning new equipment, performing regular quality assurance checks on equipment being used in treatment (both in planning and delivery), and consultation for treatments with complicated dosimetry. ROMPs are also largely responsible for radiation safety and risk management within a radiation oncology treatment centre. This website focuses on radiation oncology physics.

Diagnostic imaging medical physicists (DIMPs) are responsible for quality assurance testing of imaging equipment. This includes equipment that utilises ionising radiation such as CT scanners and fluoroscopes. DIMPs within Australia generally do consultant work for radiology clinics or departments.

Australia has certification programs in place for ROMPs and DIMPs, detailed here. Medical physicists also work in the production of radiopharmaceuticals for nuclear medicine applications, and in more general radiation protection and monitoring roles.