'Much Ado About Nothing': on the distinction between medical physics and clinical engineering
by Wilhelm J. Van Der Putten
International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (IJHTM), Vol. 11, No. 6, 2010

Abstract: Several philosophical studies on the relationship between science and technology indicate that there exists a continuum of knowledge, ranging from knowledge of technology (e.g., engineering), on the one side, to knowledge of science through technology (e.g., applied physics), on the other. Medical physics and clinical engineering are thus very similar disciplines without sharp or distinct boundaries. Other areas of science are now beginning to encroach on medical physics and clinical engineering. This, combined with the fundamental similarity between these disciplines, requires a re-appraisal of the organisation, education and training of medical physicists and clinical engineers.

Online publication date: Tue, 16-Nov-2010

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