Track III: Medical Physics
Medical Physics is aimed at the application of physical methods in health care. Medical physicists are responsible for the standardization, calibration, and purchase of medical instruments, in close cooperation with medical and paramedical professionals. Furthermore, they are responsible for the accuracy and safety of physical methods applied in hospitals for diagnosis and therapy.
In the BME Medical Physics track emphasis is placed on Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy. In Medical Imaging methods such as Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Nuclear Medicine imaging are providing high-quality 3D and 4D information of the human anatomy, but also of its function and its changes over time. The high quality of these images and resulting diagnostic information must be balanced against factors such as acquisition time and radiation burden to the patient. In radiotherapy, medical physicists play a major role in clinical, technical and biophysical concepts resulting in optimized treatment planning. Medical physicists are often involved in research.
As in each BME track, graduates must show competence in cooperating with medical specialists, giving feedback on problems as well as on providing solutions. Professional opportunities lie in medical research, clinical support, and interaction with suppliers and manufacturers of the various devices for acquisition and processing of medical images as well as for providing state-of-the-art radiotherapy.