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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Radiological Physics?

Radiological physics is primarily an applied branch of physics. It is concerned with the application of physical energy to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. It encompasses those branches of medical physics that are generally referred to as diagnostic radiological physics, therapeutic radiological physics, and medical nuclear physics.

Who is a Qualified Medical Physicist?

An M.S. or Ph.D. physicist certified by the American Board of Radiology or is certified by another certifying body recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in an equivalent specialty area. This certification may be in one or more of the following subspecialties; Diagnostic Radiological Physics, Nuclear Medicine Physics, and Therapeutic Radiological Physics.

Who needs a Radiological Physicist?

Every facility with any of the following:

  • x-ray generating equipment
  • nuclear medicine imaging equipment
  • ultrasound or MRI equipment
  • radiation therapy equipment
Why do you need a Radiological Physicist?
  • To provide consultation to medical/dental facilities, physicians and patients
  • To help provide the highest quality patient care and safety in the most cost efficient manner
  • To provide physics services as mandated by regulatory agencies, specifically Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada state Radiation Control Agencies, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
What Services are provided by a Qualified Radiological Physicist?
  • Patient Dosimetry (see Links)
  • Patient Care
  • Radiation Safety
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Equipment Selection
  • Education and Training
  • See detail in the Services Section of this site