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Algumas vezes, vemos de colegas e até mesmo dos professores histórias de relações não muito amigáveis entre físicos e médicos. Nesta série de artigos, vemos um panorama desta relação que tem tudo pra dar certo, e ser muito proveitosa para os pacientes que necessitam de um tratamento cada vez melhor.
Physics has made critically important contributions to health ever since the birth of medicine 5000 years ago. These contributions have been, and continue to be, many and varied: diagnosis (X-rays, nuclear medicine, clinical PET scanning, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, magnetoencephalography, high-intensity focused ultrasound with MRI); treatment (radiotherapy, minimal-access surgery, interventional MRI, photonics, scaling theory); and a combination of diagnosis and treatment. These contributions will grow as the molecular mechanisms of disease are better understood and as new technologies enable the investigation of these molecular processes in vivo. Medical physicists have an especially important part to play; for example, in patient safety, ensuring the safe, as well as the effective, implementation of new physics-based health technologies.
This Series, published to coincide with the anniversary of Albert Einstein's death — April 18, 1955 — calls for medical physics as a career choice to be seen, promoted, and recognised as a vocational discipline.
A call for recognition of the medical physics profession
Physics and medicine—two tips for a long and happy marriage
Physics and medicine: a historical perspective
The importance of physics to progress in medical treatment
Future medicine shaped by an interdisciplinary new biology
The importance of quantitative systemic thinking in medicine
Richard Lane with an overview of the Series.
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