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Medical Physics During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Global Perspectives in Clinical Practice, Education and Research

ISBN 9780367693756
Published March 11, 2021 by CRC Press
182 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Spreading to every corner of the Earth, the COVID-19 virus has had an unparalleled impact on all aspects of our lives. This book explores in detail how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected clinical practice, education, and research in medical physics, and how colleagues on the frontline dealt with this unpredictable and unprecedented pandemic. It tackles key questions such as: How did medical physicists first respond to the situation? What innovative strategies were taken and how effective were they? How are medical physicists preparing for the future?

There will be a focus on the different experiences of regional medical physicists and the responses and outlooks in clinical practice, education, and research in the affected continents, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North and Latin America. With over 91 contributors from 39 countries, this unique resource contains key perspectives from teams from each territory to ensure a global range of accounts.

The collective opinion and wisdom from the major medical physics journal editors-in-chief are also explored, alongside how the pandemic has affected the quantity and quality of publications. Voices of early-career researchers and students of medical physics will be included, with narratives of their experiences coping with life during the pandemic. Lastly, communicating leadership in times of adversity is highlighted.

This book will be a historic account of the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the field of medical physics. It will be an ideal reference for medical physicists, medical physics trainees and students, hospital administrators, regulators, and healthcare professionals allied with medical physics.

Key features:

  • The first book to cover the impact of COVID-19 on the field of medical physics
  • Edited by two experts in the field, with chapter contributions from subject area specialists around the world
  • Broad, global coverage, ranging from the impact on teaching, research, and publishing, with unique perspectives from journal editors and students and trainees

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Consolidating wisdom from diverse talents in medical physics during COVID-19 pandemic

Kwan Hoong Ng and Magdalena Stoeva

Chapter 2. Medical Physics Services in Radiation Oncology: Pandemic Trials and Tribulations

Tomas Kron, Richard Dove, Matthew Sobolewski, Swamidas V Jamema, Mulape M Kanduza, May Whitaker

Chapter 3. Adjustments to Nuclear Medicine Physics Services in Response to the Pandemic

Jim O’Doherty, Bruno Rojas, Carla Abreu, Maria Holstensson, Stefan Gabrielson, Rachael Dobson, William Hsieh, Dylan Bartholomeusz, Kevin Hickson, James Crocker, Kitiwat Khamwan, Yassine Toufique, Amal Guensi, Brahim Idbelkasl, Niall Colgan, David Lavin, Brendan Tuohy

Chapter 4 Adapting in a Crisis: Radiology Medical Physics Service Provision during a Pandemic

Zoe Brady, James M Kofler Jr, Mika Kortesniemi, Kosuke Matsubara,Jose M Fernandez-Soto, Yongsu Yoon, Kwan Hoong Ng

Chapter 5 Education and Training During COVID-19 Pandemics - lessons learned and the way forward

Jeannie Hsiu Ding Wong, Annette Haworth, Ana Maria Marques da Silva, Vassilka Tabakova, Kwan Hoong Ng

Chapter 6. Role of Medical Physicists in Scientific Research During COVID-19 Pandemic – switching to the “new normal” 

Magdalena Stoeva, Byungchul Cho2, Azim Celik3, Francis Hasford4, Leidy Johana Rojas Bohorquez                                             

Chapter 7 IOMP’s Global Perspectives for Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Magdalena Stoeva, Kwan Hoong Ng, John Damilakis, Madan M. Rehani

Chapter 8. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – Asia Pacific

Xiance Jin, Fu Jin, Hasin Anupama Azhari, Woo Sang Ahn. Cheryl Lian Pei Ling, Congying Xie. Hui Yu Tsai

Chapter 9. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – Middle East

Huda Al Naemi, Mohammad H. Kharita, Meshari Al Nuaimi, Refat Al Mazrou, Rabih Hammoud, Zeina Elbalaa, Zakia Al Rahbi, Hanan Al Dosary, Ismail A. Abuawwad, Ibtesam Nasser Al-Maskari

Chapter 10. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – Europe

Paddy Gilligan, Efi Koutsouveli, Brendan McClean, Carola Van Pul

Chapter 11. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – Africa

Christoph Trauernicht,Francis Hasford, and Taofeeq Abdallah Ige

Chapter 12. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – North America

Brent C. Parker, David W. Jordan, Charles Kirkby, M. Saiful Huq

Chapter 13. Medical Physics during the COVID-19 Pandemic:  Global Perspectives – Latin America and the Caribbeans

Sandra Guzman, Patricia Mora and Simone Kodlulovich

Chapter 14  Medical Physics Journals during the time of Covid-19 – the Editor’s experience (February – October

Slavik Tabakov, Perry Sprawls, Paolo Russo, Iuliana Toma-Dasu, Jamie Trapp, Michael D Mills, Simon R Cherry, Magdalena Stoeva

Chapter 15. The response of Medical Physics for World Benefit to the COVID-19 crisis

Jacob Van Dyk, Parminder Basran, Robert Jeraj, Yakov Pipman, L John Schreiner, David Wilkins

Chapter 16. Early Career Medical Physics Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Experience and perspectives from Medical Physics: Leadership & Mentoring program

Luiza Goulart, Louise Giansante, Lukmanda Evan Lubis, Iyobosa Uwadiae, Josilene C. Santos 

Chapter 17. Communicating Leadership in times of Adversity

David Yoong, Ray Kemp, Kwan Hoong Ng




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Kwan Hoong Ng PhD, ABMP, FinstP, FIOMP, AMM, FASc. A Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Malaya. Among others, he specialises in breast imaging, radiological protection and dosimetry, medical physics education and risk communication. Prof Ng received the prestigious IOMP Marie Skłodowska Curie Award at the WC2018, Prague.

Dr. Magdalena Stoeva is an elected member of the governing bodies of the IOMP and the IUPESM. She has expertise in medical physics, engineering and computer systems at academic and hospital level, as well as organizational and international experience. Dr Stoeva holds the prestigious IUPAP Young Scientist and the Leonardo da Vinci awards


"The book studies the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected the medical physics field from an educational, research, clinical point of view as well as other relevant issues. The book introduces solutions and innovative strategies that can be implemented and the procedures how the effectiveness of the approaches can be verified. The book interestingly collects the worldwide experience, exploring the interactions of many regions with the pandemic, from North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, to Asia–Pacific and Middle East. A large number of contributors from a wide range of countries (39 countries) with a vast range of experiences from high qualified scientists to early career researchers and students are included in a comprehensive survey. With all abovementioned aspects, the book can be nominated as a favoured reference either in the field of medical physics or other communities with common field of interests…Although the book is concentrated on the COVID-19 pandemic related issues, it provides a bigger picture for the Medical Physics community to figure out, such as how certain challenges and critical situations can be managed and how the leadership system should provide appropriate plans before the occurrence of any critical points. The study of the book is highly recommended for Medical Physicists especially for those who are involved with administrative issues."

—Mohammad Mohammadi in Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (2021) Springer