TitleMedical Electronics
Administrative historyA plan for a Department of Medical Electronics was placed before the joint research board by Professor Joseph Rotblat, Physicist to the Hospital, in 1963. Prior to this, electonics work was undertaken by the Physics Department. The plan was accepted, and the Joint Research Board provided the salary of the new department's director and senior engineering staff, and initally all its research funds. The department was officially formed in October 1964 with a remit to advise on the applications of electronic systems and transducers in clinical measurement; investigate the safety and reliability of equipment purchased by St Bartholomew's Hospital; and to research into new techniques for diagnosis and therapy.
The department expanded its activities to support both the routine service and research programmes of the hospital and Medical College, and in 1967 an MSc course in Medical Electronics and Physics was introduced. In 1971, Medical Electronics was recognised as a separate department of the Medical College
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