To promote medical and health physics practice and activities in the Kingdom. This can be accomplished through increasing the awareness of the importance and value of our field. Also, by preparing qualified medical and health physicists through training and educational programs.
SMPS is committed to promote advancement and safety in the medical use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for improving patient care and safe use of radiation. This however, is provided by our high quality of medical physics support, consultation, research, continuing education and training.
Medical physicists contribute to the effectiveness of radiological imaging procedures by assuring radiation safety and helping to develop improved imaging techniques (e.g., mammography CT, MR, ultrasound). They contribute to development of therapeutic techniques (e.g., prostate implants, stereotactic radio-surgery), collaborate with radiation oncologists to design treatment plans, and monitor equipment and procedures to ensure that cancer patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location.
The essential responsibility of the Qualified Medical Physicist’s clinical practice is to assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a diagnostic or therapeutic result as prescribed in patient care. The medical physicist performs or supervises the pertinent procedures necessary to achieve this objective. The responsibilities of the medical physicist include: protection of the patient and others from potentially harmful or excessive radiation; establishment of adequate protocols to ensure accurate patient dosimetry; the measurement and characterization of radiation; the determination of delivered dose; advancement of procedures necessary to ensure image quality; development and direction of quality assurance programs; and assistance to other health care professionals in optimizing the balance between the beneficial and deleterious effects of radiation.
We offer academic programs in medical physics leading to a master’s or doctor’s degree. A thorough preparation in general physics is highly desirable before entry into these programs. The most common programs emphasize the physical properties and medical applications of radiation of all types. Important skills that should be acquired during academic training include knowledge of electronics and computer techniques. A list of training programs is available here.
Academic training alone does not make a medical physicist. Practical experience with medical problems is essential. This experience may be acquired through a residency traineeship or postodoctoral program of one or two years in a hospital. These programs are becoming an increasingly important mode of entry into the profession. A list of institutions offering such residency programs is also available here.
Health Physics is the another branch of applied physics which deals with the evaluation and control of health hazards in the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for the safety of patients, staff, members of the public and of the environment. Health physicists promote radiation safety practices to prevent or minimize exposures to radiation.
Health Physicists have the following responsibilities: