MPEC 2014

The Medical Physics and Engineering Conference 2014 (MPEC2014) was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow and incorporated the Biennial Radiotherapy Meeting. For three days, it brought healthcare professionals and academic from across the UK, to explore the theme of 'Engineering outstanding medical devices and techniques'.  Here are some highlights for you.


The latest scientific developments

Professor David Keating from the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde gave the Woolmer lecture on medical physics and innovation, while Professor Paul Matthews OBE of Imperial College, described the very latest advances in MRI and PET imaging. Also featured were sessions on big data research in medical imaging and new applications in rehabilitation.



Workforce issues

At the professional session, Jemimah Eve presented progress from the Workforce Intelligence Unit, which is providing accurate data on the UK medical physics and engineering sectors, for the benefit of both the profession and patients. The session also covered: apprentices in medical engineering; seven-day working in radiotherapy and IPEM’s new accreditation for masters courses.



Training and workshops

A practical session on clinical postural assessment was led by David Long from the Oxford Centre for Enablement. IPEM media spokespeople benefitted from hands-on media training, provided by broadcast journalist Mairi Daimer. A statistics workshop covered all the essentials, backed up by demonstrations and real-life examples from healthcare. One-to-one help with IQworks software for radiography image analysis was available from its author, Andrew Reilly.

Professional updates

Delegates were given overviews of some of IPEM’s most popular one-day meetings: there were summaries from the Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA), Medical Physics Expert (MPE) and Radiation Waste Adviser (RWA) meetings, as well as an update on RWA2000. 



Events for trainees

At the trainee session, 15 speakers presented topics ranging from mouse phantoms to in vivo dosimetry: for most of them, this was their first chance to present their science to an external audience. Early career scientists could also meet their peers at the trainee social event or on the IPEM stand, where everyone enjoyed taking their own, fake “skelfie”.


MPEC provided plenty of opportunities to make new contacts or catch up with old friends. The social events were a chance to experience the best of Glasgow, with drinks in the lovely Merchant Quarter and a conference dinner surrounded by the exhibits of the Glasgow Science Centre. Senior IPEM officers were on the IPEM stand at all break times to meet members and discuss their issues. 



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