Explore Medical Physics

You could end up inventing the next generation of life saving equipment.

Hospitals today have a huge range of specialist equipment, from a simple infra-red thermometer to highly sophisticated linear accelerators that deliver radiotherapy to cancer patients.

All of this equipment has to be tested, maintained, run – and – of course, invented and developed in the first place. This is the work of medical physicists and engineers. From practical people who are good with their hands, who join us at 16, to those with PhDs in subjects like Engineering, Physics or Maths, people with a huge variety of talents work in this area.

What’s more, the equipment, and areas of specialism are just as big – particularly at King’s Health Partners, where we deliver services across 3 NHS Trusts as well as carrying out world-leading research and development. Whether we’re using the latest 3D printing techniques to create highly accurate models of a patient’s heart for surgeons to use in planning operations, or utilising MRI scanners to map the neural pathways of a developing baby’s brain in the womb, we’re true pioneers.

From radioactive substances that help detect liver failure, to incubators in intensive care baby units, from anesthetic equipment that knocks you unconscious if you have an operation to sophisticated artificial limbs that can be moved at will, you can get involved with applying, fixing and developing it all. Who knows, you could even end up inventing the next generation of equipment.

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