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Medical Physics Sections

The Medical Physics department includes 4 sections and the Support Team

Radiotherapy Physics

Radiological Sciences Group

Nuclear Medicine Physics

Clinical Engineering

Support Team

The Support Team (Contact) is a small group who support the Medical Physics Department. Our roles are varied, and include the following:
- Administering the Medical Equipment Library – responding to requests from the wards for medical devices and maintaining stock levels of consumables. 
- Administering the Clinical Engineering Helpdesk – logging faults with medical devices and ordering spare parts for repairs. 
- Bone Density – booking clinics and sending out reports. 
- General Administrative Support to the Medical Physics Department – processing travel claims, leave requests and course bookings. 

Radiotherapy Physics (Main Page)

Overview (Contact)

The Radiotherapy Physics Section of the Medical Physics Department provides a range of clinical scientific and technical services, equipment commissioning, development, research, radiation protection and Medical Physics Expert advice, associated with the therapeutic use of ionizing radiation, in close collaboration with the Portsmouth Oncology Centre.

The department’s routine work is primarily divided into three areas:

Non-routine work includes:

  • a broad range of research and development activities and interests, recent published papers available here,
  • clinical trials,
  • radiation protection,
  • equipment commissioning,
  • scientific, technical and clinical MPE advice,
  • MSc and PhD projects and supervision.

The Radiotherapy Physics Section is accredited by BSi to the ISO9001 quality standard, and provides training of Medical Technical Officers and Clinical Scientists (IPEM part 1 and 2 training scheme).

Head of Radiotherapy Physics: Dr Tony Palmer PhD BSc MSc FIPEM CSci

Contact: Medical Physics Dept secretary 02392 286000 ext. 3706

Radiological Sciences Group (Main Page)

Overview (Contact)

The Radiological Sciences Group provides medical physics expertise in the fields of diagnostic radiology physics, radiation protection, MRI and imaging, lasers and UV.

The staff group is a mix of clinical scientists and clinical technologists. The group is part of an IPEM accredited training centre and hosts clinical scientists and technologists who undertake formalised training in diagnostic radiology physics and radiation protection.

Radiological Sciences Services and Activities

Diagnostic Radiology Physics 
Radiation Protection 
Laser and UV
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Teaching and Training Courses 
Scientific publications and development activities

Nuclear Medicine Physics


The Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Medicine Physics services are based at Queen Alexandra hospital and provide a comprehensive range of services in imaging and non-imaging diagnostic tests as well as radionuclide therapy. Arrival of new technology and radiopharmaceuticals has paved the way for more advanced and dedicated technology. The departments are equipped with the state of art imaging facilities; one SPECT/CT, 2 SPECT gamma cameras, multimodality image processing, top of the range gamma and beta sample counters and a range of radionuclide calibrators.

To see more information about Nuclear Medicine Physics click here.

Contact details:
Diagnostic tests call: 02392 286 158
Treatments call: 02392 286 417

Clinical Engineering (Main Page)

Clinical Engineering (CE) is responsible for maintaining medical devices used within the Trust and provides management services on other medical devices which are maintained under external contract.  CE also provides training on the use of a range of medical devices and runs a Medical Equipment Library service which provides a pool of generic equipment that can be loaned for use by the wards.

The service CE provides is delivered by a team consisting of CE technicians, Equipment Library staff, Medical Device Trainers and support staff who respond to requests arising from medical device usage.  This can be a fault finding and repair process, recalibration, replacement of a consumable or durable part or customer support.  CE also undertakes routine planned maintenance and safety checks on the medical device, supports relevant projects and assists with device evaluations.  

Please note CE does not provide a Portable Appliance Testing service. 

Contact details

Phone: 023 9228 6000 Extension 6101

Email Address: helpdesk.clinicalengineering@porthosp.nhs.uk

Opening times

Mon to Thur: 8:00-16:30

Fri 8:00-16:00

Location on site

Level F

IPEM defines Clinical Engineering as: The application of engineering and technology to analyse and provide solutions for the clinical needs of patients.

This includes:

  • Research
  • Development
  • Engineering design
  • Service management
  • Service delivery

Clinical Engineering Services and Activities

The section's work is primarily divided into five areas

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Last updated - 22 August 2019
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