Medical Physicists in Finland

The development of number of medical physicists in the hospitals and the number of inhabitants in Finland at 20 year intervals (the first medical physicist position was established in 1937) are shown in the Table below.

Year 1950 1970 1990 2010
Number of physicists 2 21 66 99
Inhabitants (millions) 3.9 4.6 5.0 5.3
Physicists/100 000 inh 0.05 0.46 1.36 1.87


In Finland the Qualified Medical Physicists work also in fields, where ionizing radiation is not used, and all Qualified Medical Physicists do not work as Medical Physics Experts. This is different from many other European countries.

Radiation Therapy 37.8%
Nucl. Med. And Clin Physiol. 30.6%
Radiology 23.0%
Clinical Neurophysiology 9.7%