Letter to the Editor| Volume 64, P317-318, August 2019

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On the original article by Ehsan Samei and Thomas Grist “Why physics in medicine” firstly published on the Journal of American College of Radiology (2018)


      • Radiology and related fields are rapidly evolving: medical physics must adapt to this change.
      • New fields where medical physics is involved include non-radiology related disciplines.
      • The medical physics community has the responsibility to respond timely to the new challenges.
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      • Why physics in medicine?
        Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical PhysicsVol. 64
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          Despite its crucial role in the development of new medical imaging technologies, in clinical practice, physics has primarily been involved in technical evaluation of technologies. However, this narrow role is no longer adequate. New trajectories in medicine call for a stronger role for physics in the clinic. The movement towards evidence-based, quantitative, and value-based medicine requires physicists to play a more integral role in delivering innovative precision care through the intentional clinical application of physical sciences.
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