Imaging and Biomedical Engineering

The Imaging and Biomedical Engineering CAG provides comprehensive imaging facilities across one of the largest set ups of its kind in Europe.

Imaging

Imaging is at the heart of modern medicine. Most patients in our hospitals will visit one of our departments, and in many cases the diagnosis is made using findings on imaging investigations. We study both the structure and the function of the body. We also perform minimally invasive procedures under the guidance of imaging, to treat patients. Underpinning the technology used in imaging is biomedical engineering.

Our CAG provides a full range of diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic radiology investigations and procedures. We perform 380,000 imaging examinations per year

In Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College Hospital, comprehensive imaging facilities and expertise are provided across the Clinical Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET and Medical Physics and Engineering units, whilst at King’s College London, we have a strong programme of research covering everything from the programming of new devices to software which simulates how the body works.

Because imaging services are vital to inform and support delivery of care, we have a lot of interaction with other CAGs, particularly Cancer and Cardiovascular. We have academic departments in our CAG called Cardiovascular and Cancer Imaging, which focuses on those areas of medicine. Collaboration allows us to share best practice about how to manage patients.

Through innovative programmes of work such as TOHETI (Transforming Outcomes and Health Economics Through Imaging), we are also working with partners across primary and secondary care in Southwark and Lambeth to bring about system wide change. By changing the use of imaging in the patient pathway, and through the introduction of cutting edge new technology, TOHETI aims to show how imaging can be used more effectively as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool across a range of common patient pathways.

Education

Through our teaching programmes, we aim to ensure our radiographers, nurses, doctors and scientists are stars of the future. Our training portfolio includes three and four-year PhD training programmes, a suite of five Masters programmes which act as both a postgraduate qualification and part of the training programme provided for scientists working in the NHS, and a popular intercalated BSc in imaging science. We also undertake specialist training for allied health professionals in radiography and are one of five National Training Centres for the NHS Breast Screening Programme. We have two of the biggest centres for postgraduate training in radiology, as well as a program in nuclear medicine and specialist training recognised internationally in areas such as interventional radiology, PET/CT, liver and cardiovascular imaging.

Key educational achievements include:

  • Our undergraduate programmes (BSc Imaging Sciences and BEng/MEng Biomedical Engineering) both exceeded targets in 2014/15.
  • The MSc Clinical Science (Medical Physics) and MSc Clinical Science (Clinical Engineering) programmes successfully passed NHS quality review with commendations in eight areas and particular praise for use of expert patients and integration of teaching by NHS and KCL staff.

Research

We have a strong programme of research covering everything from the programming of new devices to software which simulates how the body works. We have several leading research centres in the UK, including a Wellcome/EPSRC Medical Engineering Centre, a Cancer Research UK/EPSRC Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre, and a British Heart Foundation Centre of Excellence.

Our ambition is to become one of the world’s leading imaging and biomedical engineering centres, and we have departments in Cancer Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Imaging Chemistry and Perinatal Imaging.

We have in place plans to support faster translation of novel imaging techniques and devices into clinical practice, through dedicated funding from sources such as the Wellcome Trust, EPSRC, MEC and IEH, and the Medical Research Council. In addition, a Medical Physics Research Faculty has been set up to encourage translational research within our CAG.

The results of our recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment (a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, carried out by the four UK higher education funding bodies) showed 99% of our submission was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Of the impact case studies submitted, 80% of our activity was rated as having Outstanding Impact (4*) and 20% as having Very considerable Impact (3*) in terms of reach and significance.

The success of this approach is reflected through the results of our recent 2014 REF assessment (a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, carried out by the four UK higher education funding bodies). 99% of our submission was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. Of the impact case studies submitted, 80% of our activity was rated as having Outstanding Impact (4*) and 20% as having Very considerable Impact (3*) in terms of reach and significance.

Our first aim as a CAG is to integrate excellence in clinical services, research and education to improve patient care, by bringing everyone together to work as an integrated team. Our users should come here to see the most highly skilled imaging specialists using the best equipment and the latest cutting edge medicine. It's also really important that our staff know they are helping to push the frontiers of medicine forward as partners in our research and teaching.
Professor Reza Razavi, Imaging and Biomedical Engineering CAG Lead

Imaging and Biomedical Engineering CAG Leaders

Professor Reza Razavi, Cardiovascular Imaging, King's College London