Medical Physicists are highly trained health-care professionals who apply physics skills and training to medicine and health care. Most medical physicists in Canada work in radiotherapy or diagnostic imaging departments in hospitals and cancer clinics. Medical physicists work in radiation therapy, both through the use of external beams and brachytherapy and in imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, PET, SPECT and MRI.
The profession requires both a strong background in physics and an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. More information on the profession can be found at the website of the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP).
Medical Physicists must be professionally accredited. Proven competence in Medical Physics is generally established through the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM).