The department of medical physics provides a large range of services for various departments, including diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, gamma knife and radiation oncology, within the Rhode Island, Miriam and Newport hospitals.
As the sophistication of diagnostic imaging and cancer care increases, the role of the medical physicist in terms of radiation safety and patient care has increased dramatically.
The following lists some of these services:
Oversees (or performs) the daily, weekly and monthly testing and quality assurance of the treatment machines and planning computers
Responsible for the dose calculation and handling of radioactive materials used for radiation therapy
Radiation safety lectures to all levels of personnel
Teaching of physics, radiation safety and radiation biology to:
School of Nuclear Medicine and Technology
School of Radiologic Technology
School of Ultrasonography