International Day of Medical Physics

Poster for the International Day of Medical Physics.

Tomorrow is the International Day of Medical Physics! This year’s theme is the “Medical Physicist as a Health Professional.”

The second half of Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology focuses on medical physics topics, such as ultrasound, radiation therapy, tomography, nuclear medicine, and magnetic resonance imaging. These concepts are central to the work of medical physicists in our hospitals. The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of how important health care professionals are. They are truly essential workers.

Nine years ago the International Organization for Medical Physics established this annual celebration of medical physics. The IOMP represents tens of thousands of medical physicists worldwide. It’s mission is to advance medical physics practice by “disseminating scientific and technical information, fostering the educational and professional development of medical physicists, and promoting the highest quality medical services for patients.” Below is a message from the President of the IOMP, Madan Rehani.

A message from Madan Rehani, President of the International Organization for Medical Physics.

How can you celebrate this special day? Tomorrow the German Cancer Research Center will host a series of live online lectures about medical physics aimed at a general audience. They will take place 3–5 PM their time, which would be 9–11 AM my time (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). You have to register to get the zoom link, but it’s free.

November 7 was chosen for the International Day of Medical Physics because it’s the birthday of Marie Curie. Below are excerpts from the Asimov’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Science & Technology entry about Curie. Enjoy!

Asimov’s Biographical Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.

Asimov begins by discussing Curie’s education.

He then describes the scientific discoveries that underlie Curie’s research

Later, he explains the Nobel Prize winning research Marie Curie performed with her husband Pierre.

Asimov ends with Curie’s final years.

Marie Curie — Scientist.

Originally published at http://hobbieroth.blogspot.com.

Professor of Physics at Oakland University and coauthor of the textbook Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology.