On Thursday evening, the Year 13 Physics students were given the fabulous opportunity to tour Chorley Hospital’s medical imaging facilities, thanks to Dr Robert Stockwell, parent of two former pupils.
The students had first hand experience of using x-ray equipment to discover the problems inside a ‘phantom body’, wore heavy lead clothing designed to protect the operators and tasted the Barium meal given to patients to increase contrast - a real chance to see the x-ray process through the eyes of all concerned. Moving on, they saw how CT scanners work in practice and used ultrasound to look at Dr Stockwell’s arterial blood flow and the internal structure of his fingers.
The tour finished off by viewing different types of scan and how you can combine MRI and PETCT to diagnose and plan treatment for a wide variety of patients.
This was a truly amazing experience for all concerned and the Physics department would like to thank Dr Stockwell for preparing such an interesting tour, linked very closely to the medical imaging section of the A level specification and for giving up his evening.