Practical Medical Physics A Guide to the Work of Hospital Clinical Scientists
This is the first all-encompassing textbook designed to support trainee clinical scientists in medical physics as they start work in a hospital setting whilst undertaking an academic master’s course.
Developed by practising physicists and experienced academics using their experience of teaching trainee medical physicists, this book provides an accessible introduction to the daily tasks that clinical scientists perform in the course of their work. It bridges the gap between theory and practice, making the book also suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in other disciplines studying modules on medical physics, including those who are considering a career in medical physics through applying to the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).
- Provides an accessible introduction to practical medical physics within a hospital environment
- Maps to the course content of the Scientist Training Programme in the NHS
- Acts as a complement to the academic books often recommended for medical physics courses
Part 1 Non-ionising Imaging
Chapter 1. Introduction
D. Peet, E. Chung, J. Mangat, and J. Cowe
Chapter 2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics
Chapter 3. Ultrasound Physics
E. Chung and J. Janus
Part 2 Imaging and Therapy using Ionising Radiation
Chapter 4. Diagnostic Imaging using X-rays
E. Davies, R. Farley and D. Peet
Chapter 5. Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Therapy
D. Towey, L. Rowley and D. Peet
Chapter 6. Radiotherapy Physics
A. Wynn-Jones, C. Reddy, J. Gittins, P. Baker, A. Mason, and G. Jolliffe
Part 3 Radiation Safety
Chapter 7. Radiation Safety
E. Davies, R. Raynor, A. Chowdhury and D. Peet
"Peet (University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust) and Chung (Univ. of Leicester, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences) assembled an impressive team of contributors to develop a book uniquely positioned to support clinical scientists (also known as medical physicists) working in hospital settings. The book is comprehensive, covering all major medical imaging technologies, e.g., magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, X-ray, nuclear medicine. Each chapter first provides a brief summary of the theoretical aspects of the imaging technology at hand, then describes the role of clinical scientists in that field. The work is highly accessible and provides a wealth of practical reference information, including websites, conference recommendations, and easy-to-read tables. Though the terminology and examples are drawn from the National Health Service system in the UK, most of the information is applicable in the context of other developed countries. The book includes a great list of references and informative color figures, and each chapter features a series of thought-provoking case studies. The volume concludes with an interesting discussion of the role of clinical scientists as envisioned for the future. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and professionals. Students in two-year technical programs."
—L. S. Cahill, Memorial University of Newfoundland in CHOICE, November 2022.