AN informative and entertaining talk on medical physics and engineering was given to an audience at the University of York.
Jenny Marsden, Higher Principal Physicist at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was speaking as part of the University’s Physics Society public lecture series.
Jenny, an IPEM member, entitled her talk ‘Science for Patient Benefit: 5% of the workforce making 80% of patient diagnoses’ as she addressed a diverse audience of students and members of the public.
She spoke about the Science for Patient Benefit campaign, which highlights the fact that without physics and engineering there would be no modern healthcare, as part of her talk on the role of clinical scientists in the NHS.
She explained the various routes that could be taken to enter the profession, and the crucial role physics and engineering play in helping with patient diagnoses and treatment, especially in relation to cancer.
She also talked about how a linear accelerator works, how radiation is targeted to treat cancer, the different types of scans that can be undertaken, the role of nuclear medicine, and the responsibilities of a clinical scientist as a medical physics expert.
Following her talk, Jenny answered a number of questions on a wide range of topics and members of the audience also snapped up copies of the Science for Patient Benefit poster.
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