Medical Physics team win at the Bright Ideas in Health Award 2019

A team from the Northern Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Directorate has won an award at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards, sponsored by the Academic Health Science Network in the North East and North Cumbria. The NMPCE team of Alison Bray, Helen Elliott and Tim Powell are working in partnership with colleagues from the Kromek Group, the NIHR Newcastle MedTech and In-Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative and the Radiology Directorate of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop a novel imaging device for detecting breast cancer.

Tanzanian elective featured in IPEM’s Scope Magazine

In January 2019, Scientist Training Programme (STP) trainees Harry Slinger and Tom Curtis took the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to work at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) for their elective period. During their stay, they gave a series of lectures on imaging physics and radiation safety; performed quality assurance tests on KCMC X-ray equipment and completed a small patient radiation dose audit. Electives are an essential component of the STP as they provide trainees with the opportunity to expand their personal and professional horizons by working in a different healthcare setting from the one experienced day to day.

Study reports real-world evidence of a novel therapy for severe asthma

A study, led by investigators from NMPCE, has reported evidence for the efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty (BT), a novel non-pharmacological therapy intended for people with severe asthma, in routine UK clinical practice. It is the largest real-world study of BT to date, and followed 133 patients who were treated at one of the 11 UK centres which offered the procedure.