Healthcare science staff in this area use their skills to develop methods of measuring what is happening in the body, devise new ways of diagnosing and treating disease, and ensure that equipment is functioning safely and effectively.

They support, develop and apply physical techniques such as ultrasound, radioactivity, radiation, magnetic resonance, electromagnetism and optical imaging to explore or record the workings of the body for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.

Medical physicists will contribute to maintaining and improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services through patient-oriented activities requiring expert action, involvement or advice regarding the specification, selection, acceptance testing, commissioning, quality assurance/control and optimised clinical use of medical devices and regarding patient risks and protection from associated physical agents.

  • Clinical Engineering

    Clinical Engineering is a speciality within biomedical engineering responsible primarily for applying and implementing medical technology to optimise healthcare delivery.

  • Clinical Pharmaceutical Science

    Clinical Pharmaceutical Science involves the manufacture and supply of radioactive substances used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

  • Imaging (non-ionising)

    Non-ionising imaging includes ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging.

  • Medical Device Risk Management and Governance

    Medical Device Risk Management and Governance comprises of the acquisition, monitoring, maintenance and testing of all medical equipment.

  • Nuclear medicine

    Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive substances to look at what is happening to the body, not just the physical changes that have already taken place.

  • Radiation Physics and Radiation Safety Physics

    Radiation Physics and Radiation Safety Physics is the use of x-rays, radioactive materials, lasers and ultraviolet radiation.

  • Radiotherapy Physics

    Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with high energy radiation such as x-rays.

  • Reconstructive Science

    Reconstructive Science is concerned with the corrective treatment of patients with malformation, cancer or trauma – especially in the skull, jaw and face.

  • Rehabilitation Engineering

    Rehabilitation Engineering is the systematic application of engineering sciences to design, develop, adapt, test, evaluate, apply, and distribute technological solutions to problems confronted by individuals with disabilities.