STEMNET Ambassador Heather Williams is a senior medical physicist at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Heather works primarily in nuclear medicine imaging, a non-invasive and painless way of diagnosing a variety of diseases.
Nuclear medicine imaging typically involves giving a slightly radioactive injection to the patient and then using a gamma camera to pick up the radiation it gives off as it is taken up in the body. The images show whether tissues and structures, such as the heart, kidneys, liver and brain, are working as they should.
Talking about her work in schools Heather says: “When I talk to groups of young people there are always some that have a ‘light bulb’ moment, and realise that science is exciting and rewarding, and something that they can and want to do for a living."
Heather is pictured in a gamma camera at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, holding an image of a nuclear medicine bone scan.
Photograph by Richard Cannon and provided by STEMNET.
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