A WORLD-WIDE celebration of women working in medical physics is being marked with the launch of a new eye-catching poster.
The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) asked women medical physicists across the world to send in a photograph of themselves to feature on the poster.
And more than 150 women from every Continent responded to the call, from Canada to Australia, Chile to India, and all points in between.
The poster marks the International Day of Medical Physics, held on 7th November, which this year celebrates women in medical physics to commemorate the 150th birthday of Marie Curie.
Her pioneering work on radioactivity and her contribution to the fight against cancer is still in evidence today, as medical physicists use a range of techniques such as radiotherapy, x-ray imaging, radiology and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Fiona Wall, IPEM’s Vice President External and a Clinical Scientist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many women right around the world responded to our call and I’m thrilled we are able to mark the International Day of Medical Physics in this way.
“I’m honoured to be one of the medical physicists who are featured on the poster and I know it will be displayed proudly in hospitals, colleges and companies across the world.”
Professor Mark Tooley, IPEM’s President, added: “It was a great idea to mark the day in this way and I’m really pleased so many women responded to make this a truly eye-catching poster.
“As a profession we apply science for patient benefit and it is fantastic that we can celebrate the enormous contribution of women medical physicists in this way.”
To download a copy of the poster, please click here.
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