7 November 2013 is the International Day of Medical Physics run by the International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP).
The IOMP chose 7 November to celebrate Medical Physics as it was the birthday of Marie Curie, the Nobel-Prizewinning physicist and chemist renowned for her pioneering work on radioactivity and for her important contribution to the fight against cancer.
The theme chosen for 2013 is ‘Radiation Exposure from Medical Procedures: Ask the Medical Physicist!’ As medical imaging technologies and radiotherapy techniques are fast developing and becoming more intricate, medical physicists are playing an increasingly significant role in the clinical environment.
A number of resources have been produced by the IOMP to help celebrate the day, including:
- a poster (pictured above)
- a Quiz for physicists interested in Medical Physics
- a Quiz for members of the public
They have also set up a Facebook page for the International Day of Medical Physics to share information about the day and everything that is going on. You can also read more in the IOMP Press Release.
In the UK, coordinating activities for the day.(the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) is