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Physics in Medicine

11 students, together with a member of staff, were fortunate to visit the Medical Physics facilities at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Dr Geoff Heyes, Senior Clinical Scientist, had put a programme together for the students to learn about the different roles in the hospital that used physics and the different career paths into them.

Picture: The students, Dr Heyes and Mr Clark

Highlight of the visit was being introduced to Cindy, the £3M cyber knife recently installed at the hospital. This is a linear accelerator (LINAC) mounted on a robot arm that is able to deliver a beam of X-rays or electrons to a tumour inside a patient. Paired with a robotic table the system is improving the range and effectiveness of cancer treatment. 





Dr Heyes introduces Cindy to the group

It was a very informative time and certainly opened up the wide range of career options available at different entry levels and areas of expertise.


The LINAC control room

Did you know that:

  • the NHS employed more scientists than anyone else in Europe?
  • a graduate starting as a clinical scientist in the NHS takes home over £30,000 per year?
  • the biggest growth area is bioinformatics (computing for research, diagnosis, prevention etc.)