Chorley Hospital Visit

A Level Physics students visit Chorley Hospital

Last night, Westholme’s A2 Physics students Lucy Atwood and Heeba Toheed were treated to a tour of Chorley hospital’s medical imaging facilities. Medical imaging techniques and their underlying physics feature on one of the A2 modules so this was an invaluable opportunity for the students to see the devices and techniques they had been learning about being used practically.

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Their guide for the evening was Dr Stockwell, who ably explained some complex physics and medical techniques to the students whilst at the same time testing their understanding throughout the visit. The students were shown modern X-ray machines in use and were able to wear the lead lined protective equipment that radiographers must wear on a daily basis. They were able to ‘enjoy’ a small sample of a Barium swallow too. Demonstrations and explanations of CT, ultrasound, MR and PET scan images were also performed, with Lucy and Heeba demonstrating excellent knowledge of the science underpinning all of the techniques.

Lucy, Heeba and the Physics department would like to thank Dr Stockwell and his team for giving up their time. Both students agreed that it was a fascinating trip that would help them in their exam preparation.