A FELLOW of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine has received a top honour to recognise and reward his distinguished contribution to physics.
Professor David Hawkes, a director at the Centre for Medical Image Computing, University College London, has been awarded the inaugural Peter Mansfield Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics.
He received the award for being an internationally recognised authority on medical imaging research, working closely with healthcare providers and industry to address major unsolved clinical problems and to translate novel imaging technologies to the clinic.
Professor Hawkes has made a significant impact in medical imaging research and is distinguished for his many and impressive contributions to the field. His work covers the whole spectrum of patient management from screening to diagnosis, therapy planning, image-guided interventions and treatment monitoring. His research interests encompass medical image computing, data fusion and modelling tissue deformation with applications in medical image analysis and image guided interventions.
He developed an accurate parametrisation of the X-ray attenuation coefficient, which led to the Jackson-Hawkes Parametrisation used clinically on the world's first whole body CT scanner.
His research provided major contributions to the first fully automated and accurate 3D alignment of multi-modal medical images, with versions of these algorithms now available on most commercial medical systems. This technology has also led to the development of Deep Learning methods in medical imaging by facilitating the automatic establishment of correspondence between different data sets.
Professor Hawkes’ research has provided robust tools for accurate surgical therapeutic interventions in soft tissue of the chest and abdomen. His pioneering work has been instrumental in: a major change in the cancer diagnosis and treatment pathway internationally with mpMRI guiding biopsy and, if appropriate, subsequent focal treatment for localised prostate cancer; the assessment of congenital heart disease with interventional MRI; and developing the world's first stereo augmented reality system to be used on patients during surgery.
Professor Mark Tooley, IPEM’s President, said: ‘I am delighted David’s contribution to medical physics has been recognised with the presentation of this prestigious award by the Institute of Physics.
‘His work really does demonstrate our maxim of Science for Patient Benefit, which highlights the amazing contribution scientists, medical physicists, engineers and technologists make to patient care.’
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