What is Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering?
The two disciplines, based ultimately either on the application of physics or engineering to medical sciences, have been a driving force behind many medical developments we take for granted today — and continues to push the boundary for healthcare.
Biomedical engineers and medical physicists create innovative tools for medical purposes, such as stethoscopes, thermometers, prosthetics, defibrillators, and implanted devices such as pacemakers.
Crucially, these disciplines provide the ever-developing ability to see inside the body using x-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and many other imaging modalities. At UCL's Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, we have used functional near-infrared spectroscopy imaging to improve outcomes for babies born very prematurely in Gambia, developed a new precision technology to target prostate cancer, and uncovered messages on ancient Egyptian mummies using multispectral imaging, allowing texts to be deciphered without damaging the artifact.