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1st Edition

Practical Medical Physics
A Guide to the Work of Hospital Clinical Scientists

Edited By

Debbie Peet


Emma Chung

ISBN 9781138307537
Published August 25, 2021 by CRC Press
262 Pages 21 Color & 113 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

Part 1 Non-ionising Imaging

Chapter 1. Introduction

D. Peet, E. Chung, J. Mangat, and J. Cowe

Chapter 2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics

A. Chowdhury

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


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Debbie Peet is the Head of Medical Physics in the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. She has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years as a Clinical Scientist in all disciplines but has specialised in Radiation Safety and Diagnostic Radiology Physics for over 25 of them. She has an interest in facility design in Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine including PET/CT and has published several book chapters on these topics.

Emma Chung is a Lecturer in Medical Physics within the University of Leicester Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. She is a registered NHS Clinical Scientist specialising in ultrasound physics and is currently External Examiner for Imperial College London's MSc in Medical Ultrasound. Emma has worked jointly within the NHS and academia since 2004 and has been the recipient of numerous research awards. Throughout her career, Emma has been active in supporting the academic advancement of Clinical Scientist and encouraging students from all backgrounds to consider a career in Medical Physics.