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Our Services

Treatment Planning

Treatment planning involves producing the optimum dose distribution to deliver the prescribed radiotherapy treatment to the volume being treated (usually a tumour) while minimising the dose to nearby sensitive tissues (eg eyes, brain, spinal cord).

Plans are produced for a wide range of highly complex clinical sites. Advanced techniques are used to produce the best possible treatment plans. A state-of-the-art computer system, Raystation, is used for the complex plans.

The department is involved in several clinical trials as well as local studies aiming to improve patient outcomes.

For information on our specialist techniques click here.


Dosimetry & QA

This involves performing routine checks of the treatment beam parameters (e.g. output) and linac geometry. The dosimetry team ensure that the linacs and other equipment involved in radiotherapy treatment are working optimally to meet the treatment objectives.

3Further testing is required following equipment upgrades, routine services, or to investigate and resolve problems.

Patient specific tests may be required when new techniques are introduced to ensure the techniques function properly.

If equipment performance is not satisfactory it is taken out of use until the faults are rectified.


Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy

This technique involves delivering radiotherapy doses to extremely small volumes within the patients' skull. The clinical situations which are treated range from primary tumours and non-malignant conditions to secondary tumours within the brain. Both CT and MRI scans are used for planning the treatment.



This technique uses a safely contained radioactive source within or near the surface of the body to irradiate smaller tumours. It is often used to treat tumours arising within the cervix and prostate. One advantage of brachytherapy is that it can deliver the

 required dose close to the source and tissues further from the source receive relatively little radiation.


Molecular Radiotherapy

This technique involves administering a radioactive substance to the patient either in a simple chemical form or as part of a more complex chemical compound. The substance is then subject to the normal physiological processes within the body enabling it to be concentrated at the clinical site where it then releases the radiation dose. An example is the use of radioactive iodine-131 which can be used to treat thyroid tumours which actively take up iodine. Sometimes patients receiving molecular radiotherapy need to be confined in hospital for a few days in order to minimise the dose to the public and family members.


Radiation Protection

 This service is provided to enable the safe use of radiation in line with the requirements of UK legislation. It includes the writing of key departmental documents and providing practical advice regarding the protection of patients, staff and members of the public.


Teaching and Training

This service is provided for Clinical Scientist trainees on the STP (Scientific Training Programme) course and involves providing general and specialist training in radiotherapy physics as part of their 3 years in Medical Physics. Trainees specialising in radiotherapy physics usually undertake a relevant and often original MSc project in this area as well as being encouraged to make the most of their elective opportunity. Training is also provided to therapy radiographers on placement within the hospital.