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Brain scan

Using nuclear techniques to sustain good health

Health researchers investigate how nuclear techniques can be used most effectively as treatments and to monitor the progression of disease. 

The main research goal is to facilitate the integration of nuclear techniques with other therapeutic approaches for more tailored treatments . 

Nuclear tools and techniques have the potential to track and measure small physiological variations during the development of disease, in particular during the non-symptomatic phase. 


Richard Banati in Sri Lanka


Key Area 1: Understand the mechanisms that underpin the evolution of chronic disease from the initial response to disease progression

Undertake research on the physiological changes initiated by exposure to environmental, biological and societal changes. 

Whole body PET scan

Key Area 2: Improve the tracing of physiological changes by bioimaging 

To contribute to a whole body evaluation of the health status  of an indvidual by developing and contributing to research that strengthens detection by bioimaging, in particular PET.

  • Total body ultra low dose PET Project

PET scan

Key Area  3: Improving radioactive probes for better radiotracing

Our research aims to deliver the  the next generation of multi-functional probes and developing methods to improve the bio-availability of radiotracers for 'personalised' preventative and therapeutic strategies

  • Rhenium-induced fluorination

Radiation hitting cancer cell


Key Area 4: Increase the effectiveness of radiotherapy treatments for better disease control
Our researchers are investigating ways to improve the effectiveness of radiation therapies and minimise harmful side effects

  • Neutron Capture Enhanced Particle Therapy (NCEPT)