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Imperial images from the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition

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Cutting edge research from Imperial College is currently showcased at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition until 5 July 2001.

'Looking inside the body'

Professor Dick Kitney and his team from the Department of Bio-Engineering (formerly known as the Department of Biological and Medical Systems) present a stand called 'Looking inside the body'.

This exhibit shows how non-invasive surgical techniques are revolutionising the field of medicine and how their diagnostic capabilities are being improved using advanced computing techniques.

The new hand-held version of the Patient Records Library System (PiRiLiS).
The new hand-held version of the Patient Records Library System (PiRiLiS)

The image to the left, shows the new hand-held version of the Patient Records Library System (PiRiLiS), a system that merges patient records and medical images, making them accessible to any health professional using a standard PC, conventional telephone, or suitable mobile phone. Records can be accessed even when the records are in another town, country or continent.

Professor Dick Kitney
Professor Dick Kitney from the Department of Bio-Engineering at the 'Looking inside the body stand

The stand uses posters, presentations and live demonstrations to show how tools such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can be used to create 3-D representations of the human body in a virtual-reality setting.

Commenting on the technologies showcased at the exhibition Professor Kitney said: "Our innovations have the potential to revolutionise healthcare. They provide practice for the surgeon, the patient and all medical professionals in primary, secondary, tertiary and even quaternary care."

'Deep impact: the true story'

The Chicxulub impact crater
An artist's impression of the moment just before the impact 65 million years ago (Picture courtesy of NASA)

Professor Mike Warner's team from the T H Huxley School of Environment, Earth Science and Engineering present an exhibit called 'Deep impact: the true story'. They examine a meteorite impact in Mexico 65 million years ago and its link to a mass extinction that occurred around the same time, wiping out the dinosaurs.

Professor Mike Warner
Professor Mike Warner from the T H Huxley School of Environment, Earth Science and Engineering at his exhibition 'Deep impact: the true story'.

Visitors are shown a real-time simulation of the meteorite's impact and fossil specimens. They have the opportunity to touch pieces of meteorites similar in type to the one that crashed into Earth 65 million years ago - with a force that was millions of times larger than the nuclear explosion over Hiroshima.


The picture on the left shows ejecta, the end result of a large meteorite crashing into the earth's surface. When a large meteorite crashes into the earth's surface it initially compresses the rocks it hits. These rocks then decompress, exploding violently to form a crater. The explosion throws out large clouds of fragmented rock and dust known as ejecta.

This stand provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about this cataclysmic event, its possible evolutionary consequences and understand how researchers are using this information to determine the environmental effects of past and future impacts.

Two research groups from Imperial College were picked along with 21 research teams to exhibit at this annual show which provides an opportunity to see some of the best UK science and technology in action.

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is open and free to the public. It is on until 5 July 2001 between 10.00am 4.40pm at: The Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG.

For more information about The Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition call: 020 7451 2581 or visit the web-site: