The postgraduate program in Medical Physics was initiated in 1988 and has
been the first program in Greece officially offering a Master's degree (1993).
It has recently been revised with respect to both its curriculum structure and
to its operational aspects, towards the following two goals:
- to meet international Medical Physics studies accreditation specifications
- to cover the emerging occupational challenges for Medical Physicists working
in Hospital Information Systems (HIS) environments
The emerging technologies in routine medical practice pose new challenges to
the Medical Physicist profession.
- Imaging modalities based on non-ionizing radiation become increasingly
popular among hospitals in both the private and public sector.
- The advances in computational speed of new computer systems gave rise to the
routine use of complex methods for processing and analysis of medical images
(medical image co-registration, fusion) and of biomedical signals (intelligent
signal processing / pattern recognition systems).
- Most medical devices are nowadays capable of connecting to the Hospital
Information System, transforming the latter into a web that covers all aspects
of a Hospital's functions, from logistics and administrative to scientific and
Thus, the new role of the Medical Physicist in a Hospital environment
includes skills and dexterities of an intelligent interface between the medical
doctor and the various sources of information that the former integrates during
his routine practice of Medicine.
For this purpose two directions have been implemented in the Program. The
first is dealing mainly with the traditional Medical Physics matters of the
study of the interaction of ionizing radiation with the human body, while the
other is concerned with aspects of tele-processing and analysis of biomedical
signals and images.
The revised Program is facilitated by:
- New curriculum development by inclusion of new educational modules and
modification of the existing.
- Specialization in domains beyond the traditional ones
- Implementation of modern educational methodologies (problem based learning,
case studies) that facilitate knowledge discovery
- Development and procurement of new educational material and educational
- Developing student skills and attitudes towards group co-operation and
- Upgrading of the computer network infrastructure to facilitate the inclusion
of Hospital resources (PACS archives, DICOM-enabled imaging modalities etc) in
the education of postgraduate students