Radiographer makes his mark with tattoo study

07 November 2014

Steven Landeg, Senior Radiographer at The Royal Marsden, presented a poster on the BRITER study at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) conference in Liverpool in November.

Steven Landeg
Steven Landeg, Senior Radiographer

The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, looked at the use of fluorescent ink tattoos instead of conventional dark ink tattoos for external references during breast radiotherapy.

Steven said: “Dark ink tattoos can negatively impact on the patient’s long-term cosmetic outcome, serve as a reminder of their diagnosis and treatment, and be challenging to locate when patients have dark skin tones. 

"Fluorescent ink tattoos, which are only visible in ultraviolet light, offer an innovative solution, but had never before."