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About medical physicists

Medical physicists have specialized training in the medical applications of physics. This involves the use of physical agents — including X-rays, particle beams, radioactive materials, ultrasound, magnetic and electric fields, heat and light — in medical diagnosis and therapy. 

Medical physicists work in cancer treatment facilities, hospital diagnostic imaging departments, hospital-based research establishments, universities, government and industry. 

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

To learn more about medical physicists, contact us at hhr@cihi.ca.