Bhubaneswar: Classes for a new postgraduate course in medical and radiological physics commenced from Monday at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar. It is the first institution in Odisha to start this course.

This national institute has already established the Center for Medical and Radiation Physics (CMRP) to run this three-year PG course, conduct research and other related activities in the field of medical and radiation physics.

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The course has 10 seats and all these seats have been filled up during the admission process. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) director Ajit Kumar Mohanty took the first class of the newly designed course. Among others, NISER Bhubaneswar director Sudhakar Panda and professors of different medical and research institutions were present at the launching of the course.

According to the plan for the PG programme, theory and practical classes will be conducted for the first two years. After this, students will go for a mandatory one-year internship at collaborating hospitals like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar, Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer, Cuttack, and Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, official sources said.

Bedangadas Mohanty, professor of physics and co-ordinator of CMRP, said this programme has a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on physics, radiology and its medical applications. This will open a new frontier in the research and development of radiation devices for societal applications and research programmes, he added.

“This course is an applied branch of physics that mainly deals with the applications of ionizing radiation in health care through radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and the associated radiological protection. It is a discipline that is concerned with introducing new and more precise techniques into health-related investigation and treatment of individual patients,” said the statement of the institute.

Mohanty said CMRP also looks forward to introducing a medical cyclotron facility in the eastern region of the country and taking the load for standardization/calibration/validation of various medical physics devices.

He said some of the responsibilities of medical physicists are equipment selection, maintenance and installation planning of the high-end machines involving radiation treatment and diagnosis. They will also assure quality and radiation safety, provide education and training and conduct research and development works, he added.





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