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World Leading Engineer’s Proton Therapy Recognised by IET

An engineer who is building one of the most complex medical imaging systems ever developed has been recognised for his work by the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Nigel Allinson MBE, Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering at the University of Lincoln, has been awarded the J J Thomson Medal for his significant achievements in the advancement of electronic engineering, including his work on complex medical imaging instruments for the optimum treatment of cancer using proton beam therapy.

The instrument uses the same proton beams that treat the cancer to create three dimensional images of a patient’s internal anatomy. These images can then be used to help reduce dosage and targeting errors during therapy by showing how radiation interacts with the tumour site. Accurate proton CT images have been dubbed the ‘Holy Grail’ for this form of treatment, potentially making it a viable option for many more cancer patients, especially children.

Earlier this year, Professor Allinson was awarded a major new grant from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to build OPTIma* (Optimising Proton Therapy through Imaging), one of the most complex medical imaging systems ever developed. It will be installed in the Research Room at the new NHS proton beam therapy centre at The Christie in Manchester.

His team also developed the world’s largest CMOS imager for medical applications, which in turn led to the formation of ISDI Ltd – a leading CMOS design house.

In addition, his work on the transmission of fingerprints from crime scenes to bureaus is used by UK Police, reducing time-to-indent from days to minutes.
The IET Achievement Awards, which took place on Wednesday 14th November 2018, provide over £1million in awards, prizes and scholarships to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and encourage the next generation of engineers and technicians.

Professor Allinson said: “I am humbled to be recognised alongside incredible engineers and technicians for the work we do to advance the world around us. These innovations have the power to make an incredible difference to people’s lives and it is an honour to be recognised for my contribution.”

He joins 13 other winners who were nominated by their peers as leading engineers and technicians in their field.

Mike Carr, IET President, said: “We are honoured to present these talented individuals with our top Achievement Medals. They have each excelled in their professions and have made a vast contribution as pioneers of important areas in the engineering and technology industries. They should all be very proud of their achievements – with each award being extremely well-deserved.”

Find out more about the IET Achievement Awards here:

Reblogged from: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/news/2018/11/1498.asp

Presenting the future of proton therapy

A leading scientist making major strides in medical imaging, which could make proton therapy a viable treatment for many more cancer sufferers, will present his latest findings – including a new type of proton imaging – at a prestigious conference next month.

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Professor Nigel Allinson MBE, Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering at the University of Lincoln, UK, will appear among other world-leading experts at the Proton Therapy Congress in London this September.

Proton therapy is a form of radiation treatment that uses protons rather than x-rays to treat cancer. It has several benefits, including less radiation damage to the normal healthy tissues around the tumour and potential to deliver a higher radiation dose to the tumour (increasing the chances of destroying tumour cells). Proton therapy is particularly important in treating children.

The Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, manufacturers and many more in the proton therapy sector to examine the future of proton therapy. It will take place in London on 20th-21st September 2016.

Nigel AllinsonProfessor Allinson, based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, leads the groundbreaking PRaVDA (Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications) project. He and his multinational team are developing one of the most complex medical instruments ever imagined to improve the delivery of proton therapy.

The PRaVDA instrument is being designed to produce detailed 3D images of a patient’s anatomy using protons rather than x-rays, which has never been done before. To produce these Proton CT images, the world-first technology will use the same high energy particles that are used to destroy a tumour during proton therapy treatment.

Using protons to form an image of the patient will greatly improve the accuracy of the treatment. Using current methods, there could be a discrepancy of up to 1cm in terms of where the protons release most of their energy after passing through 20cm of healthy tissue. By using Proton CT, this margin for error can be reduced to just a one or two millimetres.

The PRaVDA researchers believe that Proton CT will soon be used as part of the planning process for cancer patients, as well as during and after treatment.

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More information on the PRaVDA presentation and the wider Proton Therapy Congress is available online.