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Natalie Anne Bebbington is a Molecular Imaging (MI) Physicist who has worked in the field for 16 years: the first 10 years at the Nuclear Medicine department and Radiation Protection service at University Hospitals Birmingham, UK, and the past 6 years for Siemens Healthineers, Denmark. One of Natalie’s key roles is to optimise diagnostic image quality and reduce radiation doses for conventional Nuclear Medicine, SPECT-CT and PET-CT imaging protocols, so that hospital Nuclear Medicine departments can get the most accurate diagnosis for the patient with the fastest scan times and lowest radiation doses.
Teaching is fundamental to Natalie’s role, and in addition to teaching onsite with dedicated training days at hospitals in Denmark and abroad, she runs a series of international Siemens Healthineers academy courses and webinars on clinical and technical Nuclear Medicine, SPECT, PET and CT topics, for hospital-based physicists, doctors and technologists as well as colleagues. Likewise, research is also a key part of Natalie’s work, for which she collaborates with hospitals both in Denmark and abroad to find new ways to optimise clinical imaging protocols, and she is due to defend her PhD thesis at Aalborg University next week, on the topic of β€˜CT radiation dose optimisation in Molecular Imaging’.