The Diagnostic Radiation Group
provides scientific and technical support to clinical users of
ionising and non-ionising radiation in the Bristol area, assisting
them to provide a high quality and safe imaging or treatment
service to their patients.
Medical imaging has a vital role in
the management of many patients. It is an evolving field,
with new and improved imaging techniques coming into use, often
requiring complex scanners and other equipment.
Imaging must be carried out in a way which minimises these
risks, whilst still obtaining high quality images. We work
with medical staff, radiographers, engineers and other staff groups
to achieve this. Among the hospitals we support are three
acute Trusts, providing radiology services including specialist
cardiac, neurological, screening mammography and children's
centres. We also support a number of smaller centres,
including dental practices and private hospitals.
Some types of non-ionising radiation may also be used for
treatment. UV light sources are used to treat some skin
conditions, whilst laser radiation may be used in surgery,
particularly on the eye. These may also be hazardous unless
accurately calibrated and correctly used.