Identifying the Innovations to Help Patients; Health Wales Is Highlighting the Work of Welsh Crucible Researchers - the Cream of Welsh Research Talent. Dr Grace Carolan-Rees Explains the Work of the Cedar Centre

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Identifying the Innovations to Help Patients; Health Wales Is Highlighting the Work of Welsh Crucible Researchers - the Cream of Welsh Research Talent. Dr Grace Carolan-Rees Explains the Work of the Cedar Centre


I ALWAYS wanted to apply my understanding of physics to real life problems in a way that would benefit people.

Since completing my higher education, I have worked in the NHS as a medical physicist. Medical physicists contribute to many areas of health care, applying and developing sophisticated methods to diagnose and treat conditions, and often undertake research.

A background in medical physics has proved to be valuable experience for my current role as director of Cedar - an evaluation centre for medical technologies and procedures.

Cedar is part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and our research is entirely funded by external contracts and research grants.

Dr Grace Bringing innovative healthcare technologies into regular use has many stages. University researchers typically lead the initial basic research underpinning an invention.

Industry may develop a product and undertake the safety and performance tests for the product to gain a CE mark, which is required before a new medical device or diagnostic test can be placed on the market.

Evaluation is a process to determine whether a new medical technology or procedure is clinically effective and cost effective.

When Cedar is commissioned to carry out an evaluation, this usually begins with a systematic review of the published medical literature to find existing relevant evidence.

The results of this search may be sufficient to answer the question as to whether the technology is better than the usual standard of care. …

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