Medical physicists are highly paid professionals who
use nuclear radiation to diagnose and treat disease.
Medical physicists work in nuclear medicine, radiation treatment of
cancer, computerized tomography, and imaging by X-rays, ultrasound, and
Amy Powelson (2006) and Mike Curry (2007) worked on research involving
medical physics at Wesleyan. Amy measured the linear absorption
coefficient of several isotopes
commonly used in medical physics. Her project involved a scintillation
sodium-iodide detector with computerized data acquisition. Amy is
studying for an M.S. in Medical Physics at
Mike studied the absorption of gammas from cadmium-109 in pork. He also
used multiple sources to focus radiation on a region such as a tumor.
Mike is studying for a Ph.D. in Medical Physics at
East Carolina State Univerity.