Medical Physics is the application of physics to medicine and mostly involves the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Diagnosis involves the use of medical imaging techniques including x-ray imaging and computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound. Treatments such as radiation therapy can involve the use of x-rays, electrons and other particles for treating diseases such as cancer. Medical physicists are an important part of a multi-disciplinary team who together ensure that the imaging and treatment techniques are always performed effectively and safely, and that the optimal clincial outcome for the patient is achieved. Medical physicists are also actively involved in research and the implementation of new technology and techniques that aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
At QUT Medical Physics, research is currently being undertaken to improve and understand the way that radiation therapy beams from linear accelerators interact with the human body, develop and improve the way that various conditions are diagnosed via MRI and other techniques, and to understand the physical properties of diseased cells and tissues.
We are a highly collaborative research group, working with numerous clinics, hospitals and research institutes at a local, national, and international level.
Our research has recently been recognised by the Australian Research Council Engagement and Impact Assessment with a rating of High. See https://dataportal.arc.gov.au/EI/Web/Impact/ImpactStudy/689