The link between medicine and nuclear physics research may be one of the best-kept secrets in science. For more than a century, the medical field has looked to nuclear physics for new discoveries and practical applications.
At Jefferson Lab, scientists, engineers and technicians in the Radiation Detector & Imaging Group adapt cutting-edge physics research technology to develop application-specific, imaging systems for a variety of medical uses, medical-oriented research and other related research applications.
In particular, the group seeks to develop technology that images some areas of the human body that are either difficult to access with current technologies or for which improvements can be made. These advancements provide many benefits, including the saving of lives.