Department of Medical Physics

What is Medical Physics

Medical Physics is:

  • Defined as a profession that combines principles of physics with those of biology and medicine, to effect better diagnosis and treatment of human diseases while ensuring the safety of the public, patients and those caring for them.
  • Responsible for the technical foundations of radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine
  • Built on foundation of physics
  • Distinct from biomedical engineering, biophysics and health physics
  • Incorporates both theoretical and experimental methods, but inherently an applied discipline

The Department of Medical Physics teaches courses that help to develop medical physics capacity to ensure safety in medical imaging and quality radiation therapy delivery. The programme provides academic education interspersed with clinical training.

There are two main specialties within medical physics: therapy and imaging. Therapy is the delivery of ionizing radiation with palliative or curative intent and imaging uses ionizing and nonionizing radiation for diagnostic purposes.

Career Opportunities in Medical Physics

Graduates trained in Medical Physics enjoy a wide variety of employment opportunities, including academic, research and clinical paths.
Graduates may find employment as Radiation Safety Officers at hospitals, or they may be employed in Health Physics training programmes.
In addition to the academic and research job opportunities for Medical Physics graduates, there is also the career path of clinical physicist. Every hospital and clinic that uses radiation requires the services of individuals trained to maintain the diagnostic and therapeutic equipment needed to serve patients. Medical Physicists in Radiation Oncology also participate directly in clinical service by performing treatment planning for patients according to the treatment regimen prescribed by the Radiation Oncologist. Clinical physicists may be employed at the MPhil. or Ph.D. level.

There are two main specialties within medical physics: therapy and imaging. Therapy is the delivery of ionizing radiation with palliative or curative intent and imaging uses ionizing and nonionizing radiation for diagnostic purposes.

Making an Impact

Graduates from the Medical Physics programme have had major impact in Ghana and other countries in Africa by serving in clinical, academic and research positions to offer quality healthcare in radiation medicine. The department has become a hub, attracting a number of students from other African countries.