International Day of Medical Physics

November 7, 2013 is the inaugrual International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP).

Why November 7th? Marie Sklodowska-Curie, a Nobel laureate known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, was born in Poland on November 7, 1867.

Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine and health. Most medical physicists practice in the areas of radiation oncology (the treatment of cancer with ionizing radiation) and medical imaging. This year, the theme of IDMP 2013 is Radiation Exposure from Medical Procedures: Ask the Medical Physicist!

London has a strong medical physics footprint, with several RIOT team members performing research in the field. Sixty-two year ago in 1951, the world’s first cancer treatment with Cobalt-60 radiation was performed at Victoria Hospital.

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