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Research & Innovation

The BIRCH team are actively involved in research and innovation. We actively collaborate with clinical teams at UHBW and North Bristol NHS Trust, other Medical Physics & Bioengineering colleagues and national/international institutions.

The projects range from in-house phantom development, clinical service evaluation and quality improvement to larger studies funded externally requiring ethics (for patient/volunteers) or Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approval (for medical devices).

Staff participate in national/ international scientific meetings to share knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments in the field.

Key Research areas include:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  • Development of test objects, analysis tools, and best practice guidance for quantitative MRI techniques
  • Development of test objects to compare FAST MRI, with standard mammograms in high-risk breast screening patient populations.
  • Prostate MRI to assess feasibility of external beam dose painting for prostate cancer
  • Measurement of Cerebral Vascular Reserve using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Comparison of SPM8 and Philips IViewBold for fMRI assessment of language lateralisation

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  • Developing a prototype clinical system for a new breast screening technique
  • Comparison of 3D and 2D neonatal cranial ultrasound
  • Phantom study to evaluate ultrasound liver elasticity measurements

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To find out more about our current projects click here.

To find out more about our previous projects and publications click here.

To find out more about our previous work click here.

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