Department of Clinical Physics & Bioengineering (DCPB)

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland

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Departmental Information

Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering (DCPB) is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and serves the scientific and technical needs of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The department is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Its influence covers a large area of the west of Scotland. The department comprises 351 clinical scientists, clinical technologists and support staff.

DCPB is organised around the five services of radiotherapy, imaging, clinical engineering, medical equipment management and core services:

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Imaging includes 15 clinical MR scanners, 16 gamma cameras, 2 PET-CT scanners, a dedicated high sensitivity brain SPECT scanner and a cyclotron. Most of the Clinical Physics imaging input is in MRI , Nuclear Medicine and PET. Clinical services offered in MRI include neuro, breast and prostate spectroscopy, and functional MRI (fMRI) for pre-surgical planning.
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Equipment management

Medical Equipment Services are registered to the international quality standard ISO9001:2000 and include a "one-stop shop" for medical equipment based in Health Centres or patients' homes.
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Radiotherapy is based at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, which has 11 linear accelerators providing a service to 2.8 million people, currently delivering over 300 radiotherapy treatments per day. There is also a Superficial Radiotherapy Unit, which is used to treat a variety of malignant conditions including some skin cancers. There are several Internal Radiotherapy machines (Brachytherapy) used as part of the treatment of some gynaecological tumours.
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Core Services

The core services comprises several regional activities such as radiation protection, instrument design and calibration and isotope dispensing.
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Clinical Engineering

Clinical Engineering includes several physiological measurement specialist sections in Urology, Anaesthesia, Vision science, Audiology, Neuroelectrophysiology; a variety of services is offered at the Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Research & Development

The department has a training programme accredited with IPEM for both clinical scientists and clinical technologists. The department plays a prominent role in national and local research programmes and interfaces with Scottish Health Inovations Ltd (SHIL) to commercialise novel technologies.

Director of Department : Professor David Keating.

Director of DCPB, Dr. David Keating
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