Radiological medical physics is an applied branch of physics concerned with the application of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Professionals in this area are involved with clinical service, consultation, teaching and research. One major service is the planning of radiation treatments for cancer patients. Such treatments use external radiation beams or internal radioactive sources and optimize the tumor-to-healthy tissue dose ratio. An indispensable service is the accurate measurement of radiation output from sources employed in cancer therapy. Other important functions include the investigation of equipment performance, organization of quality control practices, design of radiation installations and control of medical radiation hazards. Such individuals often find their primary responsibilities in radiation therapy, nuclear medicine or diagnostic imaging areas.
The Radiation Medicine Department in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky currently offers a comprehensive program leading to the M.S. and Ph.D degree in Radiological Medical Physics. The program provides students a thorough didactic grounding in fundamental and specialized medical physics, with hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment, and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Programs (CAMPEP).
Fall Application Deadline: Applications accepted until class is filled but recommend applications be submitted by January 31 to ensure full review by the application committee.
Fall Application Deadline: One month prior to semester of entry
Spring Application Deadline: One month prior to semester of entry
Dr. Ellis Johnson
Director of Graduate Studies
College of Medicineeljj@uky.edu
College of Medicine
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