Department of Clinical Physics & Bioengineering (DCPB)

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland

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Services provided by the Department of Clinical Physics

The Department functions within a collaborative network of clinical services within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Most of the services outlined below are undertaken in partnership with clinical colleagues. Much of the teaching and research is undertaken within the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.


There are now 11 Radiotherapy machines at the West of Scotland Cancer Centre which currently deliver 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.

Medical Imaging:

Most of the Clinical Physics imaging input is in MRI , Nuclear Medicine and PET. Greater Glasgow and Clyde has 15 clinical MR scanners, 16 gamma cameras, 1 (but soon to be 2) PET-CT and a cyclotron. At the Institute of Neurological Sciences the Department runs a dedicated high sensitivity brain SPECT scanner, used in diagnosis and staging of Parkinson's Disease and dementia. Clinical services offered in MRI include neuro, breast and prostate spectroscopy, and functional MRI (fMRI) for pre-surgical planning.

Clinical Engineering:

Specialist procedures are undertaken in urology, anaesthesia, paediatric clinical physics, neurology, cardiology, ophthalmology and intensive care.

Management and maintenance of electro-medical and scientific equipment:

Medical Equipment Services are registered to the international quality standard ISO9001:2000. This service includes a "one-stop shop" for medical equipment based in Health Centres or patients' homes.

The Medical Devices Unit:

This is a design and development service for biomedical systems that are not commercially available. It has specialists in electronic and mechanical instrument design

Overseas Support and Training:

A small consultancy, advice and training service within the Department provides direct assistance to other countries, mainly through inter-governmental organisations, on the management, operation and maintenance of medical equipment.

Research & Develeopment:

The Department plays a prominent role in national and local research programmes and interfaces with SHIL to commercialise novel technologies.


All junior scientific staff follow a Programme of Advanced Training and Responsibility leading to Corporate Membership of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and State Registration as a Clinical Scientist. Technical Officers are registered with IPEM on the Voluntary Register for Clinical Technologists (VCRT), a requirement leading to State registration. A well-developed CPD programme is in place augmented by PDP and Staff Appraisal.

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