Celebrating the Women in the Medical Imaging Industry

The Medical Imaging industry owes itself to one of the most influential scientists in history, Marie Curie. Marie Curie discovered radioactivity, and more precisely, the radioactive elements polonium and radium. Her radioactive discovery aided the creation of the first x-ray machine and therefore changed the face of medical practices forever. Following the creation of the x-ray machine, Curie promoted the use of portable x-ray machines in the field of action during World War One, driving herself to the battlefield to save countless soldier’s lives.

This is why the Medical Imaging Convention is celebrating every woman in the medical imaging industry on International Women’s Day, and supporting their #BalanceForBetter campaign. By having the best possible speaker from each area of medical imaging, it will allow for the education stream available at the convention to be as effective as possible for the expert visitors.

Dr Heather Williams, Principal Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at the Christie Hospital will be speaking in Theatre 13 at the Medical Imaging Convention this year. Dr Williams is a Director of Sciencegrrl, an organisation that celebrates the role of women in science, and encourages future generations to pursue careers in it. Furthermore, Heather is a STEM ambassador, demonstrating the value of the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, to younger generations. The topic of her seminar will be regarding the ‘state of the art positron emission tomography’. Heather will sum up recent innovations in PET and how they are expected to benefit patients.

Professor Karen J Kirkby, Research Lead for Proton Therapy at the University of Manchester is another speaker at the Medical Imaging Convention. Karen also leads the EU project, INSPIRE, which coordinates research in proton therapy across Europe. Her research grant portfolio is worth over £15 million and she has written over 190 papers, including those involved in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Kirkby is undoubtedly an expert in her field, with her current work, and her achievements from her esteemed career thus far. Her seminar will take place in Keynote Theatre 1, and will be titled “proton beam therapy in Manchester: the story so far.”

Professor Williams and Professor Kirkby are only a couple of the speakers at the Medical Imaging Convention, which also includes Moira Crotty and Professor Iris Grunwald. As an industry in constant flux, it is up to these experts to bring about positive change, to push the envelope and most importantly, improve patient outcomes.

The Medical Imaging Convention celebrates International Women’s Day and it’s #BalanceForBetter campaign.
It is held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of March and tickets are free and available from http://www.imagingconvention.com, where you can keep up to date with everything else.