Director, Nuclear Medicine Physics
Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH)

Boston, Massachusetts


I. GENERAL SUMMARY/ OVERVIEW STATEMENT

Nuclear Medical Physicists are professionals who assure the safe and effective use of radiation in nuclear medicine imaging and therapy studies. The services that these professionals provide are imperative, because State and Federal regulations mandate that nuclear medicine quality-control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) activities should be implemented and supervised by a qualified medical physicist, and that protocols should also be reviewed by a qualified medical physicist.

The Director of Nuclear Medicine Physics will assume overall responsibility for the pre-purchase review and acceptance testing of new equipment, annual performance testing of existing equipment, room shielding design and shielding surveys for new and modified facilities, patient dose estimation, participation in accreditation of nuclear medicine equipment, dose and quality management and review of imaging protocols, providing recommendations on image reconstruction and processing methods, quality control of imaging equipment, development and direction of a quality-assurance program, quarterly reports of QC and QA activities, compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, consultation with physicians on image quality and artifacts, and consultation regarding radiation dose and risk in medical imaging.

The successful candidate will also be expected to collaborate on clinical and/or preclinical research projects with other researchers in the Nuclear Medicine Division, and to develop his or her own physics research program. Finally, the Director of Nuclear Medicine Physics will participate in teaching physics to various groups of residents and fellows within the Department of Radiology.

II. PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversight and/or performing acceptance testing, annual performance evaluation and quality control of all types of radiation-detection equipment including gamma cameras, SPECT, SPECT/CT, and PET/CT systems, dose calibrators, and well-counters.
  • Maintaining appropriate equipment testing schedules to assure timely testing of all systems and keeping records of physics test reports.
  • Providing evidence of compliance of imaging equipment with regulatory and accreditation-agency rules and recommendations (federal and state regulations, and requirements of accrediting organizations such as the IAC or ABR, and TJC).
  • Provision and review of shielding designs and shielding surveys for nuclear medicine imaging facilities.
  • Development and maintenance of equipment quality-control programs, including quarterly reports.
  • Providing consultations for nuclear medicine imaging equipment purchases.
  • Review and optimization of imaging protocols, including review of parameters for image acquisition and reconstruction, radiation dose determination, and protocol dose management.
  • Providing physics consultation on patient radiation doses for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and associated risks.
  • Providing physics support for clinical problem solving for nuclear-medicine based imaging methodologies.
  • Advancing new data acquisition techniques and technologies.
  • Providing medical physics support for nuclear medicine equipment accreditation.
  • Active participation in residents' physics teaching programs, including residents and fellows in the Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Cardiovascular Imaging training programs.
  • Collaboration with clinical radiologists and technologists in quality-improvement projects and participation in departmental and divisional research efforts.
  • Performing nuclear medicine physics research and/or collaboration with other nuclear medicine specialists on clinical and preclinical research projects.


  • The above is intended to describe the general contents and requirements of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to construe as an exhaustive statement of all duties, responsibilities or skills of personnel so classified.

    Qualifications
    Education and Certification
    • Ph.D. in an appropriate field of physics or engineering. Certification in Nuclear Medical Physics from the American Board of Radiology (ABR), or in Nuclear Medicine Physics by the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine is desirable but not required.
      Skills, Knowledge and Experience
      • At least 3 years of experience in clinical nuclear medical physics following completion of the Ph.D.

      Please send curriculum vitae and a cover letter to: Marcelo F. Di Carli, MD; Chief, Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115, or via email to: mdicarli@bwh.harvard.edu.

      EEO Statement
      Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.



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