IDMP 2021 Promotional Activities from Malaysia
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple online events run concurrently, our association decided to publish a newspaper article introducing the IDMP and roles of medical physicists to the public. The article was published on the day of IDMP in a local Chinese newspaper, attached with a cartoon sketched by a medical physics colleague. A copy of the article and its English version is attached below.
How much do you know about the International Day of Medical Physics?
November 07, 2021
Journalist | You Yanyan
Today is the International Day of Medical Physics, a sacred day for all workers in the field of medical physics.
In 2013, the International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP) designated November 7th of every year as the International Day of Medical Physics (IDMP), in order to enhance the understanding of the roles played by a medical physicist. This year’s theme is set to “promote the role of medical physicists to the public.”
Why is it November 7th? Because on November 7, 1867, the protagonist of this international festival was born. She is Madam Marie Sklodowska-Curie, who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. Born in Poland, her research on radioactivity laid the foundation for medical physics. Under her guidance, people used radioisotopes to treat tumors for the first time.
Work Silently Behind the Scenes
Most people are forgiven for being unfamiliar with medical physicists, because they usually do not interact directly with patients, but work silently behind the scenes.
Medical physicists are members of the comprehensive medical team of diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy. They have the relevant expertise and knowledge in using radiation safely and accurately to achieve the best results of the prescribed medical procedures for diagnosis or treatment. They assess radiation doses and associated risks to patients and personnel, especially for pregnant women and children. In addition, they also play an important role in radiation protection education and training, and participate in research and development to improve patient care.
Exposure to Radiation Hazards
Without a clinically qualified medical physicist, the implementation of medical radiation procedures can lead to the following events:
- the patient may receive an incorrect dose which can jeopardize the success of the medical treatment or the quality of diagnosis.
- the medical staff and the public might be in danger of inadvertent or unnecessary radiation exposure.