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The Institute for Medical Science and Technology

  • The Institute for Medical Science and Technology
  • Institute for Medical Science and Technology,University of Dundee,Wilson House, 1 Wurzburg Loan,Dundee Medipark,Dundee DD2 1FD
  • imsat.org/index.htm
  • S.Cochran@dundee.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1382 388355


IMSaT is an interdisciplinary institute for future Medical Technologies positioned at the interface of Physics, Engineering with Clinical and Life Sciences founded in 2006 as a joint initiative by the University of Dundee and the University of St. Andrews, supported by Scottish Enterprise and the EU.

IMSaT is a partner of TAHSC, NRP, and SINAPSE and is linked to the World's first MR/PET/CT combined interventional surgical suite at CRC.

IMSaT hosts GE's First European Centre of Excellence for Pre-Clinical Image-guided Interventions and Surgery.

Products & Services

IMSaT is conducting world-class research and development in several areas promising valuable advances for patients, healthcare providers and life science companies alike:

  • Diagnostic & therapeutic imaging: the application of advanced cellular and molecular imaging techniques will revolutionize drug discovery & evaluation, diagnostics, and therapies (e.g. using MRI and ultrasound and advancing instrumentation including robotics to provide precise placement of probes and destructive energy to destroy or shrink malignant tumours)
  • Drug delivery: new technologies for delivering drugs in a highly targeted, efficient fashion will establish new standards of clinical efficacy, efficiency and patient care
  • Regenerative medicine: technologies for wound healing and tissue correction have huge economic potential for the medical device and allied biotechnology industries
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques: emerging technologies such as Minimal Access Surgery, ultrasound imaging, radio-frequency devices, cryogenics and lasers are driving the potential for new state-of-the-art equipment.

Skills & Expertise

IMSaT is housed in a new two-storey building, Wilson House, located next to the NHS Hospital and Medical School at Ninewells. Wilson House comprises 10,000 sq.ft. of lab space and contains:

  • Full equipped workshop for instruments and implant production
  • Nanotechnology and cell biology
  • Ultrasound imaging and photonics labs
  • Interventional MRI with surgical suite

IMSaT is also located close to the Clinical Research Centre, a joint venture of NHS Tayside and University of Dundee, comprising the following additional facilities:

  • A clinical imaging suite with a 3 Tesla MRI scanner, a PET/CT scanner, and associated cyclotron (planned)
  • Fully equipped inpatient and outpatient suites

Other Contact(s)

Professor Sandy Cochran - Team Leader in Medical Ultrasound
Phone: 01382 388355
Email: S.Cochran@dundee.ac.uk