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Imaging and Biomedical Engineering Clinical Academic Group

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Imaging is the bedrock of almost all clinical pathways. Advances in imaging technology are allowing us to view the body  and see its different organs and how they function in increasingly sophisticated ways. It enables us to make diagnoses, look at a patient's response to treatment and guide treatments in real time. Developments in imaging services are supported through the field of biomedical engineering - the physics, maths, engineering and chemistry that underpin the technology used in imaging.

Our primary aim as a CAG is to integrate excellence in clinical services, research and education by bringing everyone together to work as an integrated team. Comprehensive imaging facilities and expertise are provided across the clinical radiology, nuclear medicine, PET and medical physics and engineering units of Guy's and St Thomas’ and King's College Hospital, whilst at King’s College London, we have a strong programme of research covering everything from new devices and radiotracers to software which simulates how the body works. By working together, we are able to be more effective in delivering clinical services and research innovations, and maximising the impact of our work for the benefit of patients.

The success of this approach is reflected through the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment (a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, carried out by the four UK higher education funding bodies). 99% of our submission was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Of the impact case studies submitted, 80% of our activity was rated as having Outstanding Impact (4*) and 20% as having Very Considerable Impact (3*) in terms of reach and significance.

Through our teaching programmes, we aim to ensure our radiographers, nurses, doctors and scientists are stars of the future. Our training portfolio includes three and four year PhD training programmes, a suite of five Masters programmes which act as both a postgraduate qualification and part of the training programme provided for scientists working in the NHS, a popular intercalated BSc in Imaging Sciences and a growing BEng in Biomedical Engineering.

We also undertake specialist training for allied health professionals in radiography and are one of five national training centres for the NHS Breast Screening Programme. We have two of the biggest centres for postgraduate training in radiology as well as a programme in nuclear medicine and specialist training recognised internationally in areas such as interventional radiology, PET/CT, liver and cardiovascular imaging. We the only centre in England providing the academic component of postgraduate training in clinical engineering, and one of only three such centres in medical physics. 

For us the bottom line is to improve patient care, by providing the most highly skilled imaging specialists using the best equipment and the latest cutting edge medicine, whilst empowering our workforce with the knowledge that they are pushing the frontiers of medicine through our groups developments in research, education and clinical practice. 


Clinical Academic Group Leads:

Bernadette Cronin - GSTT
Andy Adams - GSTT
Paul Sindhu - KCH

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