National Physics Laboratory


To meet an industry challenge to improve patient care and diagnosis from medical imaging.  The Hack focused on MRI: Standardisation and Quantification.

Mentors, experts and hackers:

The Hack was attended by over 50 people and was a mixture of cross-discipline NPL scientists as well as expert representatives from the fields of academic, industrial and clinical MRI in the UK.  It included eminent professors, lecturers and post doctorials from leading universities in MRI as well as equipment manufacturers and specialists SMEs.  There was a large representation from the National Physical Laboratory who provide world class research and measurement services in the field of Medical Radiation Science.

The Hack was opened by Rebecca Nutbrown, Head of Metrology at NPL, Peter Jezzard Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford and Chris Clark, Professor of Neuroimaging and Biophysics at UCL who set out some of the challenges.


The 1 day Hack was held at the Grade II* listed Bushy House and original home of the National Physical Laboratory.  It now houses 2 small museums of scientific equipment.


The main focus of the hack was to develop collaborative research projects for NPL, that also help to define the roadmap for MRI research. The hack resulted in 8 potential collaboration projects that are going forward for funding and will form part of a wider programme for the advancement of MRI.