Diagnostic radiology physics

Employers using X-ray equipment for medical exposures must comply with a number of legislative requirements including the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000.

Service

The services provided by CMPE provide the professional and technical advice and support to enable employers to meet these and other relevant legislative requirements.  Additionally, expertise is available to support a variety of imaging needs, such as the evaluation and optimisation of image quality, and the manipulation and analysis of digital images.

We have a well-established, quality management system in place which is accredited under the international quality standard ISO 9001:2008.

This covers the following areas of expertise:

  • assisting with equipment specification and selection
  • radiological room design
  • critical examinations and acceptance testing
  • routine safety and performance testing
  • local quality assurance programmes
  • calibration of QC equipment
  • patient and staff dosimetry
  • incident investigation
  • advice and assistance with research projects
  • staff training (see below for further details)
  • advice on compliance with ionising radiations regulations

For the following systems:

  • general radiography
  • direct digital and computed radiography systems (CR/DR)
  • interventional rooms
  • hybrid theatres
  • mobile systems
  • computed tomography, including hybrid imaging
  • mammography
  • dental radiography
  • DEXA

Research and development

CMPE has considerable expertise in relevant research and development work. Research and development interests within the diagnostic radiology physics section currently include:

  • Quality control techniques in Diagnostic Radiology
  • Staff and patient dose measurement and optimisation
  • Dental cone beam CT (CMPE participated in the SEDENTEXCT project)
  • Mammography

 

Teaching and training

The  section provides healthcare scientist training for the NHS practitioner and scientist training programmes.

The section also participates in a number of other educational activities, such as:

 

Professional matters

Staff actively participate in a range of professional matters ranging from refereeing scientific papers to providing advice to national and international bodies.

These positions include:

  • IPEM Special Interest Group and working party membership
  • NHS HCS training programme recruitment and assessment

Special features

  • The group operates within BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality system
  • We are recognised by the HSE as a Radiation Protection Advisor body  
  • Training for healthcare scientists in diagnostic radiology.
  • The group produces advice sheets to assist with common questions. The complete documents are available to customers of CMPE

CMPE radiation protection advice sheets

Click here to download our CMPE Radiation Protection Advice Sheets.

CMPE has produced a standard form for reporting radiation incidents. Our customers are asked to use this to notify us of incidents.

The Health and Safety Executive have worked with the medical physics community and the X-ray equipment manufacturers to produce a standard form for handing over controlled areas during servicing or installation of new equipment.  If you need further advice on the use of the form, please ask your contact physicist.

Newsletters

Our most recent newsletters

Contacts

Group leader

  • Prof Andrew Jones

Main contact

For more information please contact:

;