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Medical Physicist Diagnostic Radiological Physics


The "practice of the profession of medical physics" shall mean the use and application of accepted principles and protocols of physics in a clinical setting to assure the correct quality, quantity and placement of radiation during the performance of a radiological procedure, so as to protect the patient and other persons from harmful, excessive or misapplied radiation. Such practice shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: radiation beam calibration and characterization; oversight and responsibility for patient radiation dose measurement, calculation and reporting; oversight and responsibility for quality control; instrument specification; optimization of image quality; acceptance testing; shielding design; protection analysis on radiation emitting equipment and radio-pharmaceuticals; and consultation with a physician to assure accurate radiation dosage and application to a specific patient.

Licensing Requirements:

A license to practice medical physics shall be issued with special competency in one or more specialty areas in which the licensee has satisfied the requirements of section eighty-seven hundred five of Article 166, Medical Physics Practice.

Education Requirement:

Applicant must have received an education including a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. Such person shall have completed such courses of instruction as are deemed necessary by the commissioner to practice in the medical physics specialty in which the applicant has applied for a license.

Experience Requirement:

Applicant must have experience in his or her medical physics specialty satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations.

Examination Requirement:

Applicant must pass an examination in his or her medical specialty satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations. The examination requirement may be waived by the board on recommendation of the commissioner for certain applicants with extensive experience as a medical physicist.

Age Requirement:

Applicant must be at least twenty-one years of age.

Fees: (as of December 13, 2010)

The fee for licensure in the first specialty is $495 with an additional fee of $370 for each additional specialty.
The fee for a limited permit is $60 for each specialty.

Licensing Issued:

In 2013, there were 9 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2013, there were 155 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 260

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-1042 - Medical Scientists, except Epidemiologists
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Additional Information:

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3846
Phone: 301-209-3350
Fax: 301-209-0862


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 7/29/14.

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