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Regional Medical Physics Service

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What the service does

Medical physics is the application of physics and engineering to healthcare. The Regional Medical Physics Service provides a range of scientific and technical services, mainly to the healthcare community in Northern Ireland.

The service is organised into five main delivery areas:

  • Radiotherapy physics
  • Radioisotopes comprising nuclear medicine, radiopharmacy and cyclotron facilities
  • Radiological sciences and imaging
  • Radiation protection
  • Clinical engineering and computing

The majority of these delivery areas work on the safe and effective use of radiation in healthcare. The radiation can be used for either diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

This work includes the optimisation, calibration and quality assurance of complex pieces of equipment, for example:

  • radiotherapy treatment units
  • x-ray imaging systems
  • nuclear medicine imaging systems

How to access the service

The Regional Medical Physics Service is accessed by all other healthcare trusts across Northern Ireland. The level and content of the service provided is regularly reviewed in line with changes to healthcare equipment.

Location of service

Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital
  • Radiotherapy physics service
  • Nuclear medicine
Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Nuclear medicine, radiopharmacy, cyclotron
  • Clinical engineering and computing
Forster Green Hospital
  • Radiological sciences and imaging
  • Radiation protection

 


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