Today marks the first annual International Day of Medical Physics, recognizing the work of medical physicists worldwide in ensuring and improving the safety and quality of radiation in medicine. Medical physics is broadly divided in three categories: diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine physics. In each discipline, medical physicists are responsible for developing and implementing new technologies to improve the diagnosis/treatment of patients while minimizing the exposure to ionizing radiation. Medical physicists are actively engaged in research and development, as well as clinical work to ensure the safety of patients and clinicians.
Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in both Physics and Chemistry for her pioneering theory of radioactivity and discovery of Radium and Polonium, and remains the only person to ever be awarded Nobel Prizes in multiple disciplines. Celebrated on the anniversary of her birth, the International Day of Medical Physics draws attention to her legacy and the future of radiation in medicine.