When I entered medical physics in 1958 there were fewer than 100 in the U.S. and I could see many opportunities to apply my knowledge of nuclear physics.
The growth of technology is such that it is not possible today for a nuclear physicist to switch into medical physics without training. The field is now much more technical. More training is needed to do the job.
I am now almost certain that we need more radiation for better health.
I was the Chair of the first department of medical physics in a medical school in the U.S.
Nuclear physics is interesting but it is unlikely to help society.
I would not encourage everyone to take up this profession. Not everyone is suited for any particular field.
My main frustration is the fear of cancer from low dose radiation, even by radiologists.
I am sure that I have been much more useful to society as a medical physicist.
If someone is interested in medicine and also in physics and they like working with people and communicate well with others, I would strongly encourage them.
Too many radiologists still believe there is a risk from a chest x-ray. Few radiologists can explain radiation to the patient in words the patient can understand.
I am not unhappy that my contribution was not recognized. I am sure it helped my career.
I don't display my plaques and honors. They are hidden behind a black curtain in my work room at home.
I have the satisfaction of knowing I did something useful for society.
It is likely that we need more radiation to improve our longevity.
I have devoted much time and energy to helping medical physics in developing countries.
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