Medical Physics

Medical Physics is a profession and a research discipline that applies physics to medicine, primarily in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Principal focus is on:

  • the treatment of cancer by ionizing radiation (radiation oncology),
  • diagnostic imaging with x-rays, ultrasound and nuclear magnetic resonance (diagnostic radiology),
  • diagnostic imaging with radioisotopes (nuclear medicine), and
  • the study of radiation hazards and radiation protection (health physics).

The Division of Medical Physics is committed to excellence in teaching and research, and leadership in the application of physics and engineering principles to cancer care.

The Division of Medical Physics offers thesis-based MSc and PhD Degrees in Medical Physics, as well as Medical Physics resident training in radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging. Its aim is to provide each student and resident with a superior education and experience in medical physics. The Medical Physics Graduate Program and the two Medical Physics Residency Programs are all accredited by the internationally recognized Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

Research in the Division of Medical Physics ranges from fundamental to translational (laboratory bench to treatment couch). The Division and the Cross Cancer Institute have accomplished research milestones and acquired expertise that is recognized worldwide.

For more information, visit the Medical Physics web site.