Innovation Award Model-Based Engineering category

The IET Innovation Awards were founded in 2005 and recognise and reward the best new innovations in engineering, science and technology.

These annual awards are open to all innovators, and industrial companies of all sizes, academic departments and enterprising individuals have won over the years.There are 15 categories, covering the breadth of the IET’s activities, and each category is independently peer-reviewed by a panel of experts in that field.The object on display, made by PRaVDA, a consortium led by the University of Lincoln and funded by a Wellcome Trust Translational Grant, won the Model-Based Engineering Innovation Award in 2014.


Proton CT - "seeing cancer during proton therapy"

PRaVDA: Improving cancer treatment using Proton Beam Therapy.Most radiotherapy employs high-energy external beams of x-rays. Proton Therapy uses high-energy beams of protons, which allow more accurate targeting of tumours and reduced radiation exposure to healthy tissue – particularly useful in treating children and young persons.PRaVDA is a unique instrument that provides accurate dosimetry and individual pre-treatment set-up, but most importantly, Proton CT images – the Holy Grail for radiotherapists.Uncertainties in proton range as they penetrate tissue are typically ±3.5%, with Proton CT they are less than ±1%.