Medical Physics

Laboratory of medical physics

Laboratory of medical physics is engaged in academic research, teaching and clinical physics support services. Medical physics is a branch of applied physics encompassing concepts, principles and methodology of physical sciences to medicine in clinics. Primarily, medical physics seeks to develop efficient and safe diagnosis and treatment methods for human diseases with highest quality assurance protocols. In Finland most medical physicists have the licensed profession of a hospital physicist.

The research is being conducted by a large group of dedicated researchers consisting of physicists, engineers and physicians. Most important collaborators are HUCH, VTT, and STUK. The ongoing research projects are: boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), dosimetry in diagnostics and treatments, medical imaging applications, mathematical modelling of physiological systems in clinical studies, and emerging solutions for dose and quality assurance in digital radiology.

Department of Physics has started an education program for Hospital Physicists already in 1995. The educational program was updated in spring 2010 (see Fig.). Hospital Physicist is a necessary expert in medical usage of radiation as required in the statute of the medical usage of radiation (423/2000). The specialist training of Hospital Physicist is defined in the statute of the University degree system (464/1998) and the modification for the statute of the examinations pertaining to the humanities and the natural sciences (834/2000).


Contact person:
  • prof. Sauli Savolainen
  • tel. +358 9 471 72595
  • email sauli.savolainen[at]helsinki.fi