HEALTH PHYSICS


From time to time I use this blog to remind me of something important or to even refresh my memory or learn some new things. Health Physics is a crucial but large unknown field to outsiders. So from Wikipedia–And BTW last I checked FEMA had no certified health physics personnel:

Health physics

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Health physics is the science concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionizing radiation. Health physics professionals promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation protection and safety (www.hps.org). Health physicists principally work at facilities where radionuclides or ionizing radiation are used or produced such as medical institutions, government laboratories, academic and research institutions, nuclear power plants, regulatory agencies and manufacturing plants. There are many sub-specialties in the field of health physics,[1] including

  • Nuclear instrumentation and measurements
  • Internal dosimetry and external dosimetry
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Radioactive contamination, decontamination and decommissioning
  • Radiological engineering (shielding, holdup, etc.)
  • Environmental assessment, radiation monitoring and radon evaluation
  • Operational radiation protection/health physics
  • Particle accelerator physics
  • Radiological emergency response/planning – (e.g., Nuclear Emergency Support Team)
  • Industrial uses of radioactive material
  • Medical health physics
  • Public information and communication involving radioactive materials
  • Biological effects/radiation biology
  • Radiation standards
  • Radiation risk analysis
  • Nuclear power
  • Radioactive materials and homeland security
  • Radiation protection
  • Nanotechnology

The field of medical physics is similar to that of health physics since practitioners rely on the same fundamental science (i.e., radiation physics, biology, etc.). Health physicists, however, focus on the evaluation and protection of human health from radiation, whereas medical health physicists and medical physicists use radiation and other physics-based technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.[2]

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