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Medical Physics Service

Radiotherapy Physics Section

The medical physics service provides scientific support for all aspects of radiotherapy. A consultant radiotherapy physicist leads the section with support from four registered physicists and six medical technical officers. The Radiotherapy Department at the Ipswich Hospital is nationally and internationally recognised as a leading centre in technically advanced radiotherapy treatment planning and delivery.

The section is expanding its research and development activities in the areas of intensity modulated radiotherapy, image guided radiotherapy, respiratory correlated radiotherapy and application of neural networks. Academic links are developing with the University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University College London The section is heavily involved in national radiotherapy trials and collaborates with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic X-Ray Section

This section, through its specialist imaging physicist and the chief physicist, provides advice and assistance in compliance with legislation regarding the use and disposal of radioactive materials, management and development of data processing facilities including image processing and transfer and unsealed source radioisotope therapy services to the Oncology Department.

The chief physicist and imaging physicist perform quality assurance on diagnostic x-ray equipment both within and outside the Trust. The chief physicist acts as a radiation protection advisor and laser protection adviser to the Trust and some external organisations, and as a medical physics expert within the Trust, as required by legislation. This involves the provision of advice and practical support in a wide range of activities.