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The study of Radiation Physics can be divided into three parts:
- Radiation Physics, which is a pure science dealing with the nature of radiation and its interactions with matter.
- Radiotherapeutic (Medical) Physics, which is an applied science dealing with the use of radiation within the Radiation Oncology department where humans (and sometimes animals) are treated
- Health Physics, which is also an applied science dealing with radiation safety, both in Radiation Oncology departments, but also in research labs, at nuclear power plants, etc.