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Professor Peter Wells CBE FRS

Professor Peter Wells CBE FRS, Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff School of Engineering

Prof Peter Wells

Professor Peter Wells is distinguished for his contributions to the application of engineering and physics in medicine.

Specifically, he is the originator and developer of instruments for ultrasonic surgery, ultrasonic power measurement, the two-dimensional articulated-arm ultrasonic general purpose scanner and the water-immersion ultrasonic breast scanner. He demonstrated ultrasonic pulsed-Doppler range-gating, and was the discoverer of the ultrasonic Doppler signal characteristic of malignant tumour neovascularisation. He investigated ultrasonic bioeffects and formulated ultrasonic safety guidelines and conditions for prudent use of ultrasonic diagnosis. He has led multidisciplinary studies of ultrasonic diagnosis, as well as making major contributions to the advancement of light transmission, electrical impedance and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and to interventional telepresence. He proposed a novel philosophy of medical imaging, and is now working on novel ultrasonic imaging techniques. He is one of only four individuals who are Fellows of the three UK national science academies: the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was appointed a CBE in 2009, for services to healthcare science.

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