The Division of Medical Physics provides essential professional support to all clinical imaging technologies and related facilities throughout The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Faculty members of the division bring an exceptional level and breadth of expertise in imaging physics to all areas of diagnostic imaging. Accordingly, the division members:
- Ensure that imaging-system performances meet both regulatory and accreditation requirements, and have implemented electronic-based quality-assurance programs permitting remote monitoring of the daily performances of the many imaging systems.
- Monitor patient doses and provide analysis of high-dose procedures, evaluates protocols and assesses image quality.
- Are continually involved in site planning and development, as well as in the performance of evaluations for structural shielding requirements, equipment selection, and informatics integration for new and renovated facilities.
Division faculty members also participate in a variety of research projects designed to advance the state-of-the-art in clinical imaging. A theme throughout many of these projects is to evaluate the frequency and types of technical issues that may occur in radiology imaging, and the use of this information to perform root cause analyses to eliminate such confounders from clinical practice.
In addition, the division is heavily involved in educational activities including:
- Education for staff if they should have any specific concerns
- Development of online training modules
- Physics education and review for radiology resident examinations
- Offering one of the few residency programs in imaging physics in the country
Division faculty members are also active in professional organizations and provide input into the development and updating of regulatory standards from the Ohio Department of Health as well as the guidance at the national level by the Council of Radiation Control Program Directors.