Medical Radiation Physics is an interdisciplinary subject in which we study and develop new applications of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and radioactive tracers for the best possible use in health care and medical research.
The area has many important applications in using radiation therapy in cancer treatment as well as in radiation diagnostics using X-ray, computed tomography, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Medical radiation physics research is also central in protecting people (patients, employees, public) and the surrounding environment from the harmful effects of radiation and radioactive substances. Knowledge key areas are the interaction of radiation, its detection, dosimetry and biological effects.
Our research focuses on the development of new methods for diagnosis and radiotherapy, as well as on clinical applications of these methods. We also conduct radiation protection research for patients, staff and the public, as well as for emergency response to severe radiation accidents.
Many hospital physicists linked to medical radiation physics are employed at the Radiation physics department at Skåne University Hospital Malmö. They work in the fields of radiation therapy, X-ray diagnostics, nuclear medicine, MRI diagnostics and radiation protection.
The department is responsible for, conducts research and postgraduate education at the medical faculty, and participates in the hospital physicist education with lectures, internships and supervision of MSc degree projects.
The Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University, is a research and education department within the Department of Translational Medicine, Malmö (Department of Translational Medicine, Malmö, Sweden)