I believe that medical physics provides one of the most accessible routes into science for people who are interested but not specialists.
- It is easy to see the applications of medical physics
- People can bring their own experiences to bear
- Medical imaging is very visual
- It's straightforward to understand the applications
- From the applications, it's a short step to gain insights into modern physics theory.
These advantages make medical physics a unique tool for enthusing people of all ages about science in general and physics in particular. Here are links to some work I've done, and other medical physics links appropriate for students and the public.
Medical Physics education
We have produced a set of teaching materials which can be used to teach medical physics to GCSE level in schools. Every school in the UK has been sent a pack containing three Powerpoint lessons, a workbook and other material. It is also free to download.
This work was a collaboration between the Medical Physics Group and Education Department of the IoP and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. It is largely funded by the EPSRC. We've publicised this with two articles in "Catalyst", a talk at the 2006 Association for Science Education annual meeting in Reading and a paper in Physics Education.
- A live interview on BBC News 24;
- A live interview on BBC Radio Wiltshire;
- An article in the Observer;
- A report on British Satellite News;
- Coverage on numerous websites including BBC News and even Slashdot.
Other medical physics links
- Inside Story is a website from the IoP as a contribution to Einstein Year. It includes hands-on examples of medical physics.