The interventional science theme is focused on the development of clinical devices and technologies that can improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and therapy monitoring. Most importantly, our goal is to increase the success rate of clinical adoption for our innovative technologies to make a real difference for the patients.

    Doctor treating patient in ward

    The application of convergence science to medical interventions centres technological development around the needs of the practitioners and patients. The challenges surrounding clinical adoption often arise from inadequate clinical positioning or the lack of knowledge of real-world clinical needs. The theme of interventional science aims to fully position our innovations within the real-world ecosystem. We want our technologies to be tested, developed and optimised with the know-how and acceptance of the people who ultimately use them. This means to confront our ideas to patients, clinicians and practitioners for them to open our eyes on the reality of their experience with medical technologies. Finally, we wish to guide these new technologies along the adoption pathways. To do so, we have established a group of specialists actively supporting clinical positioning and human factors mapping, patient engagement, using dissemination and implementation sciences. They will also advise on  ethics and regulatory planning to ensure that novel technologies advance towards the clinic and are suitably positioned for clinical adoption. The innovations we aim to promote will span across the entire patient journey from early detection and diagnostics, therapy monitoring devices, biologically informed surgical innovations, novel interventions and real time image guidance for radiotherapy.

     

     

     

    If you have any questions relating to the Interventional Science theme please contact Dr Chloe Stockford  (chloe.stockford@imperial.ac.uk).