As required by SB 202 passed in 2015 by the 84th Texas Legislature, the Medical Physicists Licensure Advisory Committee is an informal advisory committee to the Texas Medical Board and consists of seven members appointed by the president of the medical board as follows:
(1) four medical physicists licensed in this state who each have at least five years of experience as a medical physicist;
(2) two physicians licensed in this state who each have at least five years of clinical experience related to medical physics; and
(3) one member who represents the public.
The advisory committee and the Texas Medical Board are responsible for regulating the practice of medical physics as required by the Medical Physics Practice Act, Chapter 602, Occupations Code.
What is a medical physicist?
A Medical Physicist is an individual who assures the correct quality, quantity, and placement of radiation during the performance of a radiological procedure prescribed by a practitioner. This would include diagnostic radiological physics, therapeutic radiological physics, medical nuclear health and medical health physics.
Some responsibilities of a Medical Physicist may include:
- Developing equipment specifications
- Developing procedures for initial and continuing evaluation
- Performing acceptance testing
- Providing consultation
- Serving as an institution's Radiation Safety Officer