Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medical Physics?

Medical physics is the application of physics to problems involving human health. Important developments in this field hold promise for improvements in the diagnosis and understanding of disease, and in the application of high technology to patient care. Examples include the employment of high energy photon and electron beams for cancer therapy, the invention of the computed tomographic (CT) scanner, and more recently, the development of the magnetic resonance (MR) imager. Currently, there is a shortage of physicists who can bridge the gap between the traditional pure and applied sciences and clinical application.