Public lectures and public benefit

Sign up now to attend our upcoming public lecture, 'Imaging the heart'

Thursday 8 November 2018, 6:307:30 pm. Doors open at 6pm

The lecture is free but spaces are limited (including via livestream) so please register early to avoid disappointment. 

The Royal College of Radiologists,
63 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3JW

(nearest tube: Holborn)

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Imaging the Heart

by Dr Deepa Gopalan, Consultant Cardiovascular Radiologist, Imperial College London

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is humanity’s biggest killer. Manifesting as strokes, clogged arteries and heart attacks it accounts for a third of all deaths worldwide, taking the lives of 17.9 million people every year. In the UK, around seven million people are living with complicated, potentially deadly heart and circulatory diseases. 

The ability to diagnose CVD, improve patient care and advance biomedical research is now crucial to tackling what is now a global public health crisis. 

This fascinating lecture explores how rapidly advancing imaging technologies are starting to reveal new insights into the structure and functions of the heart, paving the way for pioneering treatment and management of CVD.  

We are delighted to welcome Dr Deepa Gopalan. Dr Gopalan trained in radiology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and has completed fellowships in Cardiothoracic Radiology at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge and Erasmus MC Hospital in Rotterdam. She is currently the Head of Specialty for Cardiothoracic Radiology at Imperial College. Dr Gopalan has published widely on her specialist subjects Pulmonary Hypertension and Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging and frequently participates as a speaker at national and international cardiovascular conferences.

Past lectures

  • Proton beam therapy – fact, fiction and the new NHS service, Dr Ed Smith, June 2018  View the lecture
  • Emergency radiology – the inside story, Dr Elizabeth Dick and Dr Philip Coates, November 2017 View the lecture
  • Modern radiotherapy – minimises toxicity, maximises cures Professor Peter Hoskin, June 2017 View the lecture
  • How diagnostic imaging has improved outcomes for cancer patients, Professor Andrea Rockall, November 2016 View the lecture
  • The changing cancer story – living with and beyond cancer, Professor Jane Maher, June 2016 View the lecture
  • Shades of grey: image perception and performance in radiology, Professor Andoni Toms, November 2015 View the lecture
  • From Radium to radium, Professor Nick Reed, June 2015 View the lecture  
  • From circus trick to space flight – how a British boy band changed neuro-imaging forever, Dr Stavros Stivaros, November 2014 (lecture unavailable)
  • Cancer research: improving radiotherapy outcomes for patients, Professor David Sebag-Montefiore, June 2014  View the lecture
  • Radiology 20/20 vision: will science fiction become reality? Dr Richard Fowler, November 2013 View the lecture.
  • Being positive: protons in modern radiotherapy, Dr Adrian Crellin, June 2013 View the lecture
  • Medical sports imaging and the 2012 Olympics, Dr Phil O'Connor, November 2012 (lecture unavailable)
  • Radiation and smart drugs: homing in on cancer’s Achilles' heel, Dr Kevin Harrington, June 2012  View the lecture  
  • Curing cancer with radiotherapy: past, present and future, Professor Jeffrey Tobias, June 2011 (lecture unavailable)
  • Stop worrying – radiation is good for you, Dr Bob Bury, November 2010 View the lecture

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Public benefit

The College works for the benefit of the public it serves – patients who use the services delivered by clinical oncologists and clinical radiologists and their carers, families and friends. The main areas of public benefit are:

  • Setting and developing the standards for entry to, and practise in, the specialties of clinical radiology and clinical oncology
  • Arrangements for continuing professional development (CPD) in both specialties
  • Setting the specialty-specific standards for revalidation of doctors in the College’s two specialties along with associated guidance, advice and tools
  • The Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme – a patient-focused quality accreditation scheme for imaging services throughout the UK (a joint initiative with the Society and College of Radiographers)
  • Extensive and growing involvement of patients in the work of the College – at all levels from the development of policy to detailed standards and assessment work
  • Publishing a range of patient guidance leaflets free of charge and copyright-free, enabling local health services to adapt them to their own needs
  • Publishing professional guidance, standards and similar documents which, with a few exceptions, are available free of charge on the College’s website
  • Active involvement in healthcare policy development such as cancer services and promoting the use of new diagnostic and treatment techniques where quality and consistency of care are the core objectives
  • Significant work in the area of patient safety, notably in cancer services and interventional radiology.