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Why a degree in Medical Physics?
Medical physicists are the health professionals who provide physics support for clinical radiology services, including diagnostic radiology, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine.
The demand for medical physicists has grown exponentially. The use of radiation in medical diagnosis and treatment has increased, as new diagnostic radiology procedures and new types of radiation therapy have come into use. Not only have the number and types of radiological procedures increased, so have the number of radiation procedures per individual.
Clinical imaging equipment has become increasingly more sophisticated, requiring greater expertise to operate and maintain. Additionally, medical imaging is being increasingly used in medical research fields such as cancer and neuroscience. Acquiring a Master of Science Degree in medical physics is typically the gateway into the profession.
A Medical Physicist has either an MS or PhD degree from a graduate program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Acquiring an MS in medical physics is typically the gateway into the profession. Many states require board certification to become licensed to practice medical physics in that state. All states require the training and course work specifically in the field of medical physics.