As scientists on the front line of health care provision in a leading teaching hospital, we are closely involved in many technological developments in medicine. Our role includes the application of scientific discovery in order to bring patient benefit. Our unique position allows us to see and bridge the gap between university or industry based academia and day to day patient care.

Particular areas of expertise within our department are the technical aspects of radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, radiation protection, MR imaging and brain pressure and flow measurement. We deliver research in these areas usually, in collaboration with our clinical colleagues and often with academic collaboration.

Meet the team

Dr Tony Birch, research lead

Tony is a clinical scientist specialising in measurement of fluid flow in the brain. His particular expertise is the application of transcranial Doppler ultrasound to measure the velocity of blood flowing in the major arteries at the base of the brain. As well as performing these measurements as a clinical service, he provides a transcranial Doppler training course for health professionals from across the UK. 

Tony is very active in research where he has two primary goals; in collaboration with others he is developing:

  1. New methods to measure how well the brain can regulate its own blood supply (cerebral autoregulation).
  2. New methods to measure the fluid pressure on the brain (cerebrospinal fluid pressure).

Both of these measurements are desperately needed to improve the care of patients with conditions including stroke, dementia, head trauma, meningitis, hydrocephalus, sickle cell disease and many more, less well known, and often mis-diagnosed conditions.