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Medical physics specialties

Scientific and technical support

The department consists of nine sections focusing on different applications of physics and engineering to healthcare. All of our services are provided across both hospital sites, although some are concentrated mainly on one site or the other to match the location of the clinical services we support.

Clinical engineering

This section has expertise in medical device regulation and procurement, including supporting the Trust’s capital equipment procurement programme and ensuring that appropriate governance is in place for medical devices.

Non-ionising radiation physics

Expertise in non-ionising radiation, including ultraviolet, ultrasound and optical radiation. We are also involved in the development and calibration of medical devices and houses a 3D printing service which supports a range of research and clinical activity. 

Magnetic resonance physics

The MR physics team is well-known nationally and internationally. It works closely with radiographers, radiologists and other clinicians, and more broadly with MRI vendors and other organisations to ensure that MRI equipment is used effectively, efficiently and safely. This team leads and supports translational research and brings promising new techniques into clinical practice.

Nuclear medicine physics

Nuclear medicine physicists ensure that nuclear medicine imaging equipment is performing to high standards and that patients are imaged safely. They are also involved in the treatment of patients using radioactive materials.

Radiation safety

We work to ensure that patients, members of the general public and staff are kept safe when ionising radiation is used within the Trust, whether to diagnose and treat patients or in research laboratories. The team also provides scientific expertise to support the procurement and optimal use of x-ray imaging equipment and the safe use of medical lasers.

Radiotherapy physics

Radiotherapy physicists ensure that machines used to provide radiation therapy to cancer patients are working as expected and deliver the correct amount of radiation. Dosimetrists and technologists plan individual patient treatments to ensure that the tumour receives the radiation dose prescribed by the clinical oncologists and healthy tissues are avoided as far as possible.

Medical equipment management service (MEMS)

MEMS provides safety testing, calibration and maintenance support for thousands of medical devices across the Trust, such as glucose meters and infusion pumps. The team is also involved in training clinical staff to use devices appropriately and safely.

Mechanical workshop

The well-equipped workshops on both hospital sites design, build and develop a range of devices for clinical and research use, for example individualised shielding materials for radiotherapy patients and equipment that can safely be used close to the strong magnet of an MRI scanner. They also provide repair, calibration and maintenance support for a wide range of equipment across the Trust.

Radiation equipment servicing (RES)

The RES team maintains the linear accelerators used to provide radiotherapy treatment to patients, and also maintains some types of x-ray imaging equipment. This service also houses an electronics development lab which is able to design and develop devices which are used to support clinical research and innovation.