Physicist Job Description

Medical Physicists Apply Physics And Technical Skills To The Practice Of Medicine To Help Prevent, Diagnose And Treat Many Kinds Of Diseases And Health Conditions. They Develop, Test And Evaluate Specialist Equipment And Procedures In Many Areas Including Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Laser Technology And Physiological Monitoring.

Physicist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • working with patients in a range of roles, for example, explaining treatment procedures and possible side effects;
  • liaising closely with doctors to add technical results to patient reports;
  • lecturing and training other health professionals, including radiographers, nurses and doctors in clinical practice;
  • negotiating and agreeing changes to patient diagnosis techniques in response to new procedures;
  • engaging in technical procedures, which form part of patient care and treatment, e.g. monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery or assessing the results of physiological measurement to assess organ function or blood flow;
  • planning and supervising radiotherapy treatment in discussion with medical and other staff;
  • processing complex patient image data;
  • acting as the on-call duty physicist to respond to problems and provide advice and technical assistance;
  • developing techniques to show what is happening in the body using x-ray, MRI, laser, ultrasound and ultraviolet technologies and optimising use of these;
  • troubleshooting problems with hardware and software;
  • training and advising medical physics technicians on new equipment and protocols;
  • undertaking audit visits to hospital departments to check compliance with health and safety legislation, including personnel monitoring, decontamination routines, radioactive waste management and radiation detection advice.
  • researching new equipment developments and techniques, reviewing existing local practice, advising on procurement of new equipment and compiling reports to initiate changes;
  • commissioning new or upgraded equipment to achieve compatibility with existing machines;
  • monitoring equipment to ensure that correct and consistent results or outputs are achieved and ensuring that ongoing maintenance routines are followed;
  • drafting and developing policies for operating equipment;

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