Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Honorary Senior Lecturer







Ms Tania Briggs +44 (0)20 7594 6226




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Rob Dickinson MA PhD MBA is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He graduated with a 1st Class degree in Physics from Cambridge University, and then obtained a PhD in Biophysics from the University of London, in ultrasound signal processing. Dr. Dickinson has extensive experience in medical imaging, in both hospital and industrial environments. He worked on MRI coil development and system integration at Picker International Ltd. He worked in a start-up company where he developed a sub-1mm intravascular ultrasound imaging catheter.

This device is used for imaging coronary arteries (image directly above). He has substantial experience in bio-compatibility and other issues of invasive medical devices, together with commercialisation and IP transfer. He has filed over 18 patents, and has CE marked a number of medical devices.

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Dr Dickinson’s areas of expertise include: Ultrasound transducers (a graphic of a cross-section is seen directly above) – Design and Construction, Ultrasound Image formation and processing, Medical Device design construction and packaging, Regulatory and Compliance:
Preparation of technical files, MDA & FDA submissions, bio-compatibility & sterility, Electrical Safety (IEC-601) , Magnetic Coil Design , Remote Monitoring of soft magnetic materials.

His current research interests include imaging in surgery, interventional imaging,  miniaturising medical devices, wireless monitoring (see intravascular image below).

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Dr Dickinson is a consultant to three companies in the field of medical devices and is manager of the MagNET MR evaluation group.

Dr Dickinson is the author of over 20 papers including one chosen by the Institute of Physics for publishing in the Highlights of 2004, and 18 patents. A member of his research group won the Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award 2007.

Personal Research Webpage

Robert's research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Mizandari M, Pai M, Xi F, et al., 2013, Percutaneous Intraductal Radiofrequency Ablation is a Safe Treatment for Malignant Biliary Obstruction: Feasibility and Early Results, Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, ISSN:0174-1551

Simonds AK, Hanak A, Chatwin M, et al., 2010, Evaluation of droplet dispersion during non-invasive ventilation, oxygen therapy, nebuliser treatment and chest physiotherapy in clinical practice: implications for management of pandemic influenza and other airborne infections, Health Technology Assessment, Vol:14, ISSN:1366-5278, Pages:131-+

Hand JW, Shaw A, Sadhoo N, et al., 2009, A random phased array device for delivery of high intensity focused ultrasound, Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol:54, ISSN:0031-9155, Pages:5675-5693

Ayav A, Jiao L, Dickinson R, et al., 2008, Liver Resection With a New Multiprobe Bipolar Radiofrequency Device, Archives of Surgery, Vol:143, ISSN:0004-0010, Pages:396-401

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