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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 research.

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 software
  • Developing student skills and attitudes towards group co-operation and continuous self-education,
  • 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