My research is in the area of functional (or biological) imaging applied to radiotherapy treatment.
Radiotherapy usually uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells whilst minimizing toxicity to normal (healthy) cells nearby. Computed Tomography (CT) images of a patient are used to plan treatments, and radiation doses can be calculated to an accuracy of less than a millimetre when required. Biological or molecular imaging techniques which are already in use for diagnosis could provide additional information regarding the functionality of tumours. This could allow individualised adaptations in treatment technique - for example, radiation dose could be boosted to more prolific sub-volumes of tumour (thereby potentially increasing the probability of tumour response), or alternatively reductions in dose to potentially reduce the toxicity of treatment.
Talk on Imaging a bladder phantom using DW-MRI presented at UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress, Manchester 2017
Poster (1st prize winner in Early Career Researcher Category at R&I Summit July 2017)