N.Y. Education Law Section 8702
Definition of “practice of medical physics”


The “practice of the profession of medical physics” shall mean the use and application of accepted principles and protocols of physics in a clinical setting to assure the correct quality, quantity and placement of radiation during the performance of a radiological procedure, so as to protect the patient and other persons from harmful, excessive or misapplied radiation. Such practice shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: radiation beam calibration and characterization; oversight and responsibility for patient radiation dose measurement, calculation and reporting; oversight and responsibility for quality control; instrument specification; optimization of image quality; acceptance testing; shielding design; protection analysis on radiation emitting equipment and radio-pharmaceuticals; and consultation with a physician to assure accurate radiation dosage and application to a specific patient.


A license to practice medical physics shall be issued with special competency in one or more specialty areas in which the licensee has satisfied the requirements of § 8705 (Requirements and procedures for professional licensure)section eighty-seven hundred five of this article.


The practice in any specialty by a person whose license is not issued with special competency for such specialty shall be deemed the unauthorized practice of the profession of medical physics.


Only a person licensed under this article shall practice the profession of medical physics.

Source: Section 8702 — Definition of "practice of medical physics", https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/8702 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).

Nov. 25, 2023

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Sep. 22, 2014

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