Clinical and Radiation Physics: Who Are We?

The Clinical and Radiation Physics Department provides scientific support for use of x-rays and radioactive sources in Derriford Hospital. Our main responsibilities are protecting patients, visitors, staff and the environment.

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Come and find out about the work of our Clinical and Radiation Physics Team

Our day-to-day work includes:

  • Commissioning new x-ray machines, CT scanners, gamma cameras and other equipment associated with the use of ionising radiation.
  • Implementing new technologies.
  • Supporting the optimisation of radiation dose and image quality.
  • Training hospital staff in the use of equipment.
  • Providing radiation protection training.
  • Carrying out investigations and analysing test results using computer simulations and mathematical modelling in research and development work.
  • In the speciality of nuclear medicine, physicists collaborate with physicians in procedures that involve the use of radioactive substances for outlining internal organs and determining important physiological variables, such as metabolic rates and blood flow.
  • Regular testing and investigation of equipment performance.
  • Organisation of quality control in imaging systems.
  • Design of radiation installations.
  • Carrying out risk assessments for uses of ionising radiation.
  • Assessing the environmental impact of using and disposing of radioactive substances.
  • Decontaminating isolation rooms used for unsealed source radiotherapies (i.e. radioiodine thyroid treatments).
  • Ensuring that the Trust complies with the regulatory framework surrounding the use of ionising radiations.

To find out more, come and see us in X-Ray West on level 6 (turn right at the Body Shop in the main concourse) on Saturday 19 March 2016 at the Derriford Hospital Open Day.

We look forward to meeting you.

Cat Rivett
Trainee Clinical Scientist
Clinical and Radiation Physics


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