Medical physics

The application of physics in medicine and health-related problems is a major area of research in our group as well.

Many of the methods developed in these areas also have potential for industrial applications, which is an exciting aspect of the research performed here at Surrey.

Conventional and spectroscopic X-ray imaging

Better contrast in medical imaging using contrast agents is possible by energy gating of the X-ray signal.

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For more information about this research please contact Dr Silvia Pani.

Improving radiotherapy

The key aspects we are working on to improve radiotherapy are exploring new treatment modalities by improving quality in dosimetry and reducing the dose that goes to healthy tissues.

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For more information about this research contact  Professor Giuseppe Schettino.

Personalised and biologically optimised treatment planning in radiotherapy

Significant improvement in cancer treatment by radiotherapy can be achieved by taking into account the radiobiological response of cells, tissues and patients to radiation exposures.

Technological development of the last decades has provided a variety of radiotherapy approaches such as:

  • Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)
  • MR-guided radiotherapy
  • Proton and hadron therapy
  • High dose rate radiation beams.

The biological effects of such irradiation modalities vary greatly requiring a better understanding of radiobiological mechanisms and new models.

Current research

The key aspects of work we are currently researching are:

  • Microdosimetry for proton and hadron beams
  • Radiobiological modelling
  • Dosimetry and quality assurance for pre-clinical studies
  • Radiosensitisation by high-Z nanoparticles.

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For more information about this research, contact Professor Giuseppe Schettino who holds joint appointments here at the University and the National Physical Laboratory.