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Research & Innovation

A wide range of research and innovation projects are carried out by members of the group, working closely with clinical and scientific colleagues. These range from small projects evaluating service developments to larger projects leading to publication in peer-reviewed academic journals and presentation at international conferences. Some of this work has attracted external research funding.

Research links have been established by members of the group with hospital staff in Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, London and Southampton, and with academic staff in the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, University College London, and University of Bath. Members of the Group have supervised MSc projects for medical physicists, and been external supervisors for MSc and PhD projects at Bristol University.

The group provides support to clinical trials, including assisting with radiation doses assessments for ethics applications, and applying for licences to allow Doctors to use radioactive pharmaceuticals in research.

Key research areas include:


  • Brain perfusion SPECT in Dementia.
  • Imaging in paediatric epilepsy surgery.
  • Development of test objects in brain SPECT and CT, including 3D-printing.
  • Neuroimaging analysis and software development.


  • Comparison of CT scanners for emphysema analysis.
  • Ventilation-perfusion SPECT/CT in emphysema. 


  • Assessment of skull-base infection using Ga-67 SPECT/CT.


For information on our current projects and publications click here.

 Figure 3(1)

Quantification of Ga-67 uptake in skull-base infection, compared with clinical assessment of disease level.