This week’s engineer is Sarah Williams and she is currently in her final year at the University of Glasgow studying Biomedical Engineering. Her degree has covered many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering, biology, business management and mathematics, these classes have helped her to establish her strengths and weaknesses.
Her placements have also helped to expand her knowledge and experience within the field. She has had the opportunity to shadow an orthopaedic surgeon at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary, observe clinical engineers at WestMARC in the Queen Elizabeth hospital, work alongside a rehabilitation service TRAC team at Udston hospital and carry out research at Nuclear Cardiology in Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary.
Her recent six-month research placement involved working within the Nuclear Cardiology department alongside clinicians and looking into the machine learning of SPECT imaging, specifically DaTSCAN imaging which involves acquiring images of the brain to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Using programming software and mathematical techniques, the images were loaded into the computer which could then detect whether the subject has Parkinson’s disease or not.
This research contributed to a large part of her fifth year at university and her final degree classification. She is now pursuing a career within the NHS as a clinical scientist to carry out further research and improve services for patients within rehabilitation and diagnosis.
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