Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 

Based in the heart of London, The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at University College London Hospitals provides expert physical science support to activities both within UCLH and to a wide range of external partners. 

Our services

We provide a wide range of different services as detailed below.

  • Radiation Physics

    Radiation Physics supports the safe use of ionising radiations within UCLH and provides quality assurance and advice externally to many other hospitals, universities and research institutes as well as veterinary practices, dentists and other non-nuclear industrial companies.

    The majority of these services assist organisations in fulfilling their legal requirements to comply with various statutory regulations laid down by the UK Government under European Directives.

    Radiation Physics services include:

    • Personal dosimetry
    • Diagnostic x-ray quality assurance
    • Advice on patient dosimetry and dose optimisation
    • Instrument performance tests
    • Radiation protection advisory services
    • Radioactive waste advisory services
    • Radiation safety training

    Our whole body dosimetry service meets high quality standards and is approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Our objective is to provide accurate, responsive, reliable and user-friendly dosimetry services.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.radiationprotectionservices@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Mechanical Workshop

    The workshop provides:

    • Medical Device Prototypes
    • CNC Precision Machining
    • 3D Scanning/Printing

    We use the latest CAD/CAM technology and practices to design and manufacture prototype devices for routine use and R&D in medical and biomedical engineering. We also offer expert mechanical engineering advice and solutions.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Clinical Engineering

    This service provides

    • New equipment specification
    • Maintenance and contract management
    • Safety alert and incident management
    • Replacement planning advice

    Our specialised team of chartered engineers, clinical scientists and technologists support medical equipment lifecycle management from conception to replacement. We are strongly customer focused and working towards ISO9001:2008 certification.

    Equipment management

    Our skilled and highly trained engineers use specialist test equipment to ensure medical equipment is safe, accurate and functional for use on patients.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Physiological Measurement and Instrumentation

    The physiological measurement and clinical instrumentation service is made of clinical scientists and technologists with a good knowledge of medicine and the physiology of the human body who specialise in instrumentation design using digital, analogue and software techniques. They provide specialised physiological measurement services and undertake research and development projects.

    Urodynamics

    Clinical scientists working in this area perform urodynamic testing of patients to check bladder and urethral function and analyse patients' problems in a dynamic situation. They work collaboratively with medical staff by analysing studies and providing reports to assist clinicians in prescribing appropriate treatments.

    They work in close relation with medical staff performing tests when patients are x-rayed as part of their urodynamic study. This service is delivered at UCLH but specifically to the departments of Urology, Imaging and Neuro-Urology. The section also delivers training to junior urology medical staff, teaching them about performing urodynamic tests, the diseases that may arise and diagnosis.

    Instrumentation

    The clinical scientists and technologists working in this section adapt, modify and develop new systems as required by clinical staff throughout UCLH. They use the most advanced electronic, optical and mechanical devices to measure physiological and physical properties of the human body and its various systems. They design, fabricate and test ideas using computer simulations, by the construction of prototypes or by modifying conventional equipment for a novel use.

    State of the art transducers and clinical data acquisition systems have been developed by this group, both for research and development as well as for exploitation in industry as commercial products.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Scientific Computing

    The scientific computing service covers a wide range of computing activities in medicine. It comprises scientists and technicians highly skilled in software engineering coupled with understanding of the associated electronic systems and of the requirements of clinical applications. The majority of their work revolves around computerised medical devices.   

    Our team design, develop, assess and commission the use of devices for patients’ benefits. Amongst the devices developed by this section are the Rotating Chair for Neuro-Otology investigations and those commissioned by them include ECG Laptops.

    Other activities derive from their working collaboratively with a wide range of departments

    Moreover they are also involved in research both through introducing products and techniques into the NHS and through undertaking 'proof of concept work'.

    - Database design and implementation
    - Computer based digital instrumentation
    - Digital Signal Processing
    - Networks and Integration
    - Support to local resources

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Cranioplasty and 3D Facial Scanning

    The cranioplasty unit has over 25 years’ experience and was the first unit in the UK to use CAD technology to deal with surgical reparation of an imperfection or abnormality of the skull arising from trauma, surgical procedures or other causes. Working in close collaboration with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as with many other NHS Trusts across the UK, the unit provides a service of the highest quality, at NHS rates. Our clinical scientists use computer assisted techniques from the axial CT scans of the skull to produce extremely precise titanium plates which are tailored to each individual patient.
     
     
    All cranioplasty work is regulated by MHRA and conducted by our clinical scientists working collaboratively with neuro and maxillofacial surgeons. Surgical models are created for a variety of purposes including visual aids to complex surgeries in maxillofacial, orthopaedics and other areas.
     
    Contact us
     
    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321
  • Ultrasound QA

    We use specialised ultrasound test objects and established protocols to test image quality, resolution and SNR.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Laser Protection Advice

    Laser Protection Advisers provide expert advice in the use, control, maintenance and development of lasers and endoscopes. 

    We also advise on the evaluation, procurement and deployment of lasers to ensure best value for money both at UCLH and externally to private clinics.

    We perform clinical inspections, contribute to write up local rules and also participate in assessing building designs to make sure they are laser safe. We also provide technical support for the routine clinical use of lasers as well as novel diagnostic and therapeutic laser techniques.

    The lasers and endoscopy area also takes on physics-based research directed towards the development of new surgical laser techniques.

    Contact us

    Email: uclh.Enquiry.mpb.helpdesk@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 4321

  • Magnetic Resonance Physics

    Services

    The magnetic resonance service at UCLH provides the following services:

    • Quality assurance
    • Acceptance testing
    • Auxiliary equipment safety and artefact testing
    • MR safety audits and advice (including site surveys and Local Rules check)
    • Procurement advice and tender evaluation
    • Clinical Imaging Support
    • Clinical protocol development
    • Sequence development
    • MR image and spectroscopy processing and analysis

    We are well equipped to test both new and refurbished MR scanners before clinical use.  We use specialised MRI test objects and established pulse sequence protocols and compare performance to manufacturer’s specifications. We can also survey the surrounding areas to ensure they meet required legislation. For more information about what we do, or to arrange for us to provide one of our services at your site, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

    MRI test objects used for quality assurance and acceptance testing

    At UCLH

    We support three 1.5 T, two 3 T whole-body clinical scanners and a 3 T combined PET/MRI scanner.  We also use a 3 T whole-body scanner and a 9.4 T pre-clinical scanner at UCL's Institute of Neurology for research and development.

    Our clinical and research and development activities include:

    • Imaging and multinuclear spectroscopy in neonates with perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic cerebral injury
    • Investigating therapies for perinatal brain injury
    • Participating in clinical trials using MR biomarkers as outcome measures
    • Assessment of female lower abdominal muscle using spectroscopy
    • Quantitative assessment of adipose tissue in Crohn's disease
    • Multi-parametric MRI for tumour characterisation
    • Development of whole-body MRI for metastasis detection and follow-up

    We publish numerous biomedical research papers in prestigious journals, present papers at many international conferences and assist with generating substantial research-grant support with both UCLH and UCL-based collaborators.

    UCH 3 T multinuclear MRI scanner and MRI-compatible neonatal incubator on the patient bed

    Contact us

    Section Head
    Dr. Alan Bainbridge
    Email: alan.bainbridge1@nhs.net
    Telephone: 020 3447 2322