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Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Bolton School pupils were joined by students from other local
schools for an inspiring lecture by Dr Michael Wilson from the
University Hospital Birmingham.
The lecture, 'From X-rays to Antimatter: the science of seeing
inside your body' was part of the 2011 Institute of Physics Schools
and Colleges Lecture yearly tour, organised in conjunction with the
Over 600 students from Bolton School, Ladybridge, Canon Slade,
St. Christophers CofE High School, Accrington, Audenshaw School,
Lostock Hall School, Parrenthorn, QEGS, and Bury Grammar
School boys, attended the lectures, where Dr Wilson introduced the
14-16 year olds to the topic of Medical Imaging, exploring
techniques that allow medical physicists to see inside the human
body. He spoke to pupils on how over the past hundred years
physicists have developed increasingly sophisticated techniques to
see inside the body using x-ray, radioactive molecules and magnetic
fields to produce images of the body, and how these images allow
doctors to better diagnose and treat illness and disease.
Dr Wilson has always been fascinated by the physical world and
enjoys the challenge of making scientific ideas accessible to any
audience. After completing his first degree in Natural Sciences at
Cambridge, he taught physics and mathematics for two years at
Shrewsbury School before moving into a medical physics career.
After teaching at Birmingham University for five years, he is now a
consultant clinical scientist in the Nuclear Medicine Department of
the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust. He continues to teach
at Birmingham University, as well as being involved in a range of
other teaching roles.
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