The Medical Physics Department is responsible for the technical aspects of the use and production of ionizing radiation in radiotherapy.
- Medical physicists
- Electronics technologists
When the radiation oncologist prescribes radiotherapy, the dosimetrist and physicist design a personalized treatment plan with the help of computers and ultra specialized software.
The physicist is also responsible for:
- safe use of treatment devices (linear accelerators, x-ray devices, radioactive source projector);
- equipment quality control program;
- commissioning new equipment and new radiotherapy techniques;
- radiation protection and compliance with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission legislation and regulations.
Although they do not work directly with patients, staff in the Medical Physics Department are essential players in planning radiotherapy treatments. Radiotherapy is used in treating half of all cases of cancer.
Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre