Medical technology is a vital part of our health system. Nearly everyone knows someone who has had an X-ray, a CT, MRI, or ultrasound examination. Likewise, many people have had life-saving radiotherapy treatment. Medical physicists are the professionals responsible for the commissioning, calibration, safe operation and maintenance of the medical systems that help to diagnose and treat thousands of people every year.
A new program offered by the School of Physics is set to give students a new pathway into a career in medical physics. Starting in 2011, students will be able to enrol in a two-year Master of Science (Medical Physics) course at UWA. The course combines research and coursework with the aim of introducing students to medical physics and fulfilling the educational requirements for those wanting to enter a clinical training program.