The Medical Physics Department advises the hospital on all issues of radiation safety. These areas currently include:
Ionising radiation - X-rays and radioactive materials
Non-ionising radiation - Lasers, ultraviolet, ultrasound, audible sound and magnetic fields
These energy forms are widely used in medicine, either diagnostically or therapeutically. In all cases there are nationally accepted guidelines in place to ensure their safe use and, especially in the case of ionising radiation, complex and detailed legal requirements have to be met. A comprehensive library of safety standards is held by the department, together with relevant legal documentation.
A full range of instrumentation is available to the Medical Physics Department to allow the detection and measurement of all the above energies. These instruments are calibrated, through traceable means, to UK National standards.