The Medical Physics department, based at Bradford Royal Infirmary, provides a range of frontline patient services at BRI and St Luke’s Hospital, as well as behind-the-scenes scientific support.
The department aims to improve patient outcomes through innovation and the application of medical physics.
Nuclear medicine – Bradford Royal Infirmary
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat a range of diseases. Scanners called gamma cameras are generally used to detect the radiation and produce images.
Clinical physics/physiological measurement – Bradford Royal Infirmary
Clinical Physics carries out a range of diagnostic investigations including urodynamics, oesophageal manometry/pH studies, rectal ultrasound and anorectal manometry.
DXA/bone densitometry – St Luke’s Hospital
A DXA scan is an investigation that uses x-rays to measure bone mineral density. DXA stands for ‘dual x-ray absorptiometry. This type of scan is also known as a DEXA scan, a bone density scan or a bone densitometry scan.
PET-CT– Bradford Royal Infirmary
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust works in partnership with Alliance Medical to provide a PET-CT service based at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
This service uses a scanner that combines positron emission tomography (PET) with computed tomography (CT) to allow radioisotope tracers to be accurately located within the body to identify a range of diseases.