Clinical or medical technology in medical physics

Healthcare increasingly uses sophisticated equipment and instruments to diagnose illness and to treat patients.

Clinical technologists (sometimes known as medical technologists) are responsible for maintaining, monitoring and operating complex, specialised equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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Overview

Modern day medicine utilises an increasingly wide range of cutting-edge technology in various areas, such as radiotherapy, bio-engineering, dialysis, laser procedures, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

There is an increasing demand for people with the correct medical physics knowledge to service, check the performance of, and gauge any environmental effects of this equipment.

Working life

You are likely to specialise in one of a number of areas:

Where will I work?

As a clinical technologist, you are most likely to be based in a medical physics department within a hospital. However, you could work in almost any part of the hospital. 

While some clinical technologists spend much of their time in the laboratory or workshop, many have contact with patients and all are involved in technical innovation that has a direct benefit for patients. For example, you could specialise as a renal technologist and would be likely to visit kidney dialysis patients at home. 

Who will I work with?

You can expect to work closely with other healthcare scientists and doctors, as new equipment, techniques and instruments are introduced. 

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