The Medical Physics Department at Velindre Hospital provides specialist medical physics radiotherapy services to member divisions of the Velindre NHS Trust.
It is a busy department employing approximately 15 physicists, 10 Technicians, 6 engineers, 1 full-time Ph.D student and 2 part-time Ph.D students.
The Physics Department was first established in 1947 at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. In 1956, it moved to Velindre Hospital thus forming the Medical Physics Department that exists today. From here, it implemented plans to set up Medical Physics Departments in Singleton Hospital, Swansea and The University Hospital Wales, Cardiff. These plans came to fruition in 1965 and 1970 respectively and in 1973, a Professor of Medical Physics was appointed in recognition of the department's standing.
Today, Velindre hospital houses five linear accelerators for high energy external photon/electron beam radiotherapy and an orthovoltage X-ray machine for low energy external photon beam radiotherapy. The hospital also harbours a Microselectron facility for brachytherapy treatments. Two simulators provide means for verifying and simulating patient treatments. The simulators are also used for localising tumours and normal tissue and monitoring tumour response and changes in patient anatomy during treatment. A CT and MRI scanner provide diagnostic images for 3D radiotherapy planning.
The Velindre Medical Physics Department has made major contributions in aspects of radiation dosimetry, missing tissue compensators, contamination studies, treatment planning systems, cancer detection and information systems in clinical oncology (ISCO). More recently, the department has been involved in improving the accuracy of determining and delivering the radiation dose in 3D and the control of radiation exposure to staff. Our research has been extended through international and national collaborations with other research groups with whom we can share ideas. The Medical Physics department is an IPEM accredited training centre and is therefore heavily involved in providing post-graduate and undergraduate training in radiation physics. In addition, the FRCR Physics module has been running in house for over 40 years.
For more informaiton on life beyond Velindre Medical Physics, click the following link: Life Beyond Velindre Medical Physics.