To be a world-class regulatory body for the activities of Medical Physics.
A country where physics will play a major part in its health delivery program.
Welcome to the official website of the Nigerian Association of Medical Physicists. We are the administrating body for Medical Physicists in Nigeria. Our Members are involved Radiotherapy, Radiodiagnosis, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Protection and Education.
Medical Physics is the profession which applies physics principles to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Medical Physicists are highly qualiﬁed health professionals, with advanced postgraduate university degree (Masters or Doctorate) and specialized clinical training in Radiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and/or Radiation Protection. Medical Physicists form part of comprehensive medical teams in radiation medicine.
The essential responsibility of the Medical Physicist’s clinical practice is to ensure safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a diagnostic or therapeutic goal as prescribed in patient care. Medical Physicists perform and supervise appropriate procedures necessary to achieve this objective. The responsibilities of the Medical Physicists include: establishment of adequate protocols to ensure accurate patient dosimetry; the measurement and characterization of radiation; the determination of delivered dose; protection of patients and others from potentially harmful or excessive radiation; advancement of procedures necessary to ensure quality of medical images; development of quality assurance programs; assistance to other health care professionals in optimizing the balance between the beneficial and deleterious effects of radiation, etc. Additionally, Medical Physicists play a key role in radiation protection education and training of health care professionals, and participate in research and development to improve patient care.
Without the service of qualiﬁed Medical Physicist(s), the application of radiation in medicine could lead to unsatisfactory outcomes. Patients may be under-dosed or over-dosed, leading to stochastic or deterministic effects, and the success of the diagnosis or treatment could be jeopardized. Medical staﬀ and the public may also be in danger of unnecessary radiation exposure if Medical Physicists are not at post to ensure safety.
We are delighted to welcome you to the home of the Nigerian Medical Physics Association. This association was founded in 1986 with just 8 members but has now grown to over 200 members and counting. Physics is at the heart of modern medicine and physicists world over have been known to have made and are still making significant innovations and transformative contributions that have improved human health.
As a founding member of this great association, I am pleased to serve as president at a time when the Medical Physics profession in Nigeria is experiencing a new dawn. The science and medical community at large are gradually beginning to notice the key role medical physicists play as health professionals. Together with my team, we are working hard to get the national recognition the profession has long deserved.
I invite all medical and health professionals alike in the hospitals, research, industry and academia, local and international to join hands with us to continue to improve human health and medicine. We welcome collaborations from our sister organizations, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, regulatory bodies and well-wishers as we move to make NAMP an association of international standard.
Professor Fatai A. Balogun obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics (Nuclear Engineering) in 1980 from the University of Ife, Ile- Ife Nigeria. He proceeded to the University of Surrey, United Kingdom where he obtained his Masters of Science degree in Medical Physics and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Radiation Physics, U.K (1981 – 1986). He became a research scientist at the Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and rose along the ranks to become a Professor of Physics in 2002. In 2005, he was the pioneer Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute of Radiation Protection and Research (NIRPR), a technical arm of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA). He has served on various expert missions and committees, fellow of several international scientific organizations and a visiting professor to tertiary institutions. He has supervised many undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in medical, radiation, nuclear physics and engineering. Alongside being a research professor at CERD and lecturer at the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics OAU. Until recently, he served as the director of the Lagos State University Radiation Monitoring and Protection Services.
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Secretariat: Medical Phyiscs unit, Department of Radiation Oncology, University College Hospital, Ibadan