What is Medical Physics?
Medical Physics can be generally defined as a field in which applied physics is incorporated into medicine. Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital has one of the largest and highly capable Medical Physics Team in the northern region in Malaysia. The Medical Physics team in Mount Miriam is actively involved in radiation oncology (also known as radiotherapy) and nuclear medicine imaging. In radiotherapy, high-energy ionizing radiation is used to treat a wide variety of cancers, where radiation is either delivered by a machine from outside of the body into the tumour (External Beam Radiotherapy), or delivering the radiation inside or near to the tumour by using radioactive source (Brachytherapy). Our Medical Physicists also participate in nuclear medicine imaging, where a PET-CT scanner is used to acquire functional images, which is important in cancer detection, cancer staging and to evaluate the effectiveness of cancer treatment.