Career outlook for medical physicist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would research new techniques and develop new medical equipment for treatments in hospitals. You’d make sure specialist equipment is safe and works properly.
You’d work with equipment, like MRI scanners, ultrasounds and x-rays, which are used to investigate patients' conditions.
- Develop and test new systems
- Monitor equipment to make sure it is accurate and safe
- Train hospital staff to use new equipment and do complex procedures
- Help to plan treatment and explain procedures to patients
- Carry out certain procedures and analyse test results
- Use computer simulations and mathematical modelling
You would develop new technology for diagnosis and treatment.
You could work on imaging techniques to track how organs are functioning and to help with image-guided surgery
If you wok on radiation and radio therapies you could calculate dosages for beams and radioactive implants used in the treatment of cancers.
You could develop electronic instruments which take measurements or support damaged organs.
Or you could work on laser technology. It is used to reduce the need for invasive surgery, for example to break up kidney stones or treating eye disorders.
You would work closely with medical professionals such as doctors, radiographers and medical physics technicians.
You’d need to keep up to date with the latest research in healthcare science, also known as clinical science.
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