Bright Light for Better Health

A wide variety of health related research takes place at Diamond and scientists here highlight how the synchrotron is helping them to bring new diagnosis techniques and better implant devices to the field of medicine. Projects include tracking down trace metals that appear in the brain in tiny concentrations (1 in a million atoms) with a goal to bring about early diagnose in neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's disease. Also research into medical devices and how we can ensure that commonly used implants such as metal-on-metal hip replacements and dental and hearing implants containing titanium are improved so that the materials they contain cause minimal problems in the body and their lifetime can be extended to reduce the need for patients to have additional operations further down the line.