Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Objectives

  1. Promote the advancement in medical and health physics.
  2. Promote and take active roles in the implementation of international and national standards on the medical uses of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
  3. Collaborate with international and national organizations and professional societies on standards, policy formulation and advancement in technology in the areas of medical and health physics.
  4. Encourage, support and advance education, training and research in medical and health physics.
  5. Promote delivery of high quality medical and health physics services for the benefit of patients, general public, radiation workers and the environment.

History of Medical Physics in the Kingdom:

Who are the Medical Physicists

 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.

Scope of Practice

 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.

How to Become a Medical Physicist

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.

Medical Physics Education

Introduction to Medical Health Physics

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:

  1. Maintain collaboration and interactions with radiation protection communities locally and internationally and organize consultative meeting to address problems on compliance with regulations and addressing problems;
  2. Act as a conduit for international opportunities and options for scientific advancement that may be of interest and benefit to the Society and its members and involves in research;
  3. Provide leadership and advice on matters pertaining to radiation protection in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy;
  4. Perform investigations, response to incidents and accidents and radiation surveys and evaluations;
  5. Provide consultation on shielding, room designs,  environmental protection, radiation incidents and dose assessments and evaluation of protocols;
  6. Provide education and training and undertake research.