Graduate Studies in Medical Physics

MSC01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Department of Nuclear Engineering

Phone: 505-277-5431
Fax: 505-277-5433

Careers in Medical Physics

Radiation Protection and Health Physics
 Advisors to health authorities
 Monitoring staff and workplace
 Safe use of radiation (all types)

Nuclear Medicine and Radioisotopes
 Organ images and function
 Body composition and metabolism
 Treatment of cancer and other diseases

Radiation Oncology
 Treatment planning/dosimetry
 Quality assurance
 Equipment management

Cardiology Physics
 Cardiac pressure and flow
 Pacemaker functioning
 Ambulatory monitoring

Diagnostic Radiology
 New imaging techniques
 Image evaluation
 Quality assurance
 Patient dose measurement
 Equipment management

A career in medical physics offers the prospective student with the challenge of applying his/her knowledge of physics to the practice of medicine. There is a high degree of responsibility required of medical physicists, who interact professionally through the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), a branch of the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Should you desire additional information about the field of medical physics, we recommend reading the AAPM's
Medical Physicist web page. For a sampling of current research topics in medical physics, preview recent issues of the following journals:  Medical Physics (published by the AIP), Physics in Medicine and Biology (published by the Institute of Physics, UK), and International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics (published by Pergammon Press).