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Dr Martin Fry
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  • Lecturer
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Martin Fry has a BSc(Eng) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from UCL (1985), an MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London (1986) and a PhD in Physics from the University of Exeter (1990). His PhD research involved the development of a relatively low-cost MRI system targeted for imaging finger joints, and in particular visualising the cartilage. This scanner produced images of 100 micron resolution, which at the time, were the highest resolution MR images achieved of human subjects in vivo. Since 2000 he has been employed as a Lecturer in Medical Electronics at UCL.

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Research Summary

Dr Martin Fry has substantial experience in developing Medical Electronic Instrumentation and has co-authored over 50 research publications. He has expertise in numerous applications of electronics to medicine including MRI, electrical stimulation of muscles and near infra-red optical tomography - three areas in which the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL undertakes world-class research. For his doctorate he developed a relatively low-cost (£80k) MRI scanner targeted to imaging finger joints, and in particular visualising the cartilage. This scanner produced images of 100 micron resolution, which at the time, were the highest resolution MR images achieved of living human subjects. The concept of a low-cost MRI scanner was commercialised by Surrey Medical Imaging Systems Limited and enabled many groups around the world to undertake affordable MRI research. He has developed computer-controlled instrumentation to compensate for the effects of eddy currents in MRI systems. This instrumentation was subsequently marketed by Magnex Scientific Limited, Oxford, one of the world’s leading suppliers of MRI magnets. In recognition of “Work in the field of research and development in Medical Engineering”, he was awarded the first J A Lodge Award by the Institution of Electrical Engineers. He has also undertaken research into medical, teaching and environmental monitoring applications of small, low-cost, web-enabled microcontrollers for the implementation of web-controlled instrumentation.

Teaching Summary

Dr Martin Fry is the Admissions Tutor for the MSc/MRes in Physics and Engineering in Medicine and is Personal Tutor for a group of undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students.

Martin currently teaches on the following undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) modules:

MPHY0002 Cardiac Engineering

MPHY0015 Physiological Monitoring (Module Organiser)
MPHY0027 Clinical Practice (Deputy Module Organiser)
MPHY0029 Medical Electronics and Control (Module Organiser)
MPHY0033 Medical Device Enterprise Group Project

PHAS0052 Third Year Physics Group Projects (Since 2000)

Academic Background
1992   Doctor of Philosophy University of Exeter
1986   Master of Science St Bartholomews Hospital
1985   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) University College London
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