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Year 12 Physicists Attend The Medical Physics Open Evening At Christie's

On Wednesday 15th March, the majority of our Year 12 physicists attended the Medical Physics Open Evening at the Christie Hospital, Manchester where they were treated to a number of seminars, demonstrations and lectures.

Our first presentation was about proton therapy, the first centre for which in the UK is currently being built at the Christie.  The inspirational talk not only told how the therapy is useful, but also the many roles current students may be able to take there in the future.

We then went for a demonstration in the CT scanning room where some students were able to lie on the £10,000 carbon fibre bed and be manoeuvred into the scanner.  This made an ideal opportunity for a group photo!

Our keynote lecture was given by Professor Marcel van Herk from The University of Manchester.  He is famous in his field for developing imaging technology that can be used at the same time as radiotherapy is given, reducing the margins radiated around tumours.

Our final presentation of the evening was about magnetic resonance imaging or MRI.  Students were given an overview of how images were formed before finishing with a quiz, attempting to recognise the various fruits and vegetables that had been scanned!

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