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What is Radiation Oncology Physics?

Radiation oncology physics (also known as therapeutic radiological physics) is a subspecialty of medical physics related to the treatment of cancers and benign diseases with high doses of ionizing radiation.



Medical physicists are involved in three main activities: 

Education and Clinical Training

Most medical physicists have an MS or Ph.D. in medical physics, physics, engineering, nuclear science or related fields. For those entering medical physics through an alternative pathway, didactic training should be compliant with the recommendations set forth by AAPM Report 197S. Clinical training may be obtained through a hospital based residency, clinical based residency, and doctorate of medical physics programs, with the goal of eventually becoming clinically certified by a national certification board (i.e., the American Board of Radiology).
- Last updated 05-May-2013