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Medical Physics
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Welcome to the Department of Medical Physics

The mission of the Medical Physics Department is to help develop young physicists or engineers to be able to fulfill the role of either clinical medical physicist working in the hospital environment or research medical physicist employed in research laboratories or the biomedical device industry. In the spirit of inter-professional cooperation the Department also prides itself in its extensive expertise in teaching relevant aspects of the subject to other healthcare professionals.

Clinical medical physicists working in the hospital environment contribute to maintaining and improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services through patient-oriented activities requiring expert action, involvement or advice regarding the specification, selection, acceptance testing, commissioning, quality assurance and optimised clinical use of medical devices and protection from associated physical agents such as ionizing radiation and magnetic fields.

In the case of research oriented medical physicists the role is much wider. Here, physics concepts, theories and methods are used for the greater understanding and development of both clinical practice and experimental medicine. This is a wider definition than Clinical Medical Physics and would include physics based aspects of life science research that would have a future impact on healthcare e.g., advanced microscopy, nanodevices, biomolecular structure, cell biology physics.

The Department offers a Masters course in Medical Physics and is a prime actor in the development of medical physics curricula at the European level.

Professsor Carmel J. Caruana


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