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Peter Hoskins is Professor of Medical Physics and Biomechanics at theUniversityofEdinburghand adjunct Professor of Medical Imaging at theUniversityofLimerick. He studied Physics atOxfordUniversityfrom 1977-1980. He worked as a trainee Medical Physicist in Lincolnshire (UK) for 4 years, and joined the Medical Physics Department in Edinburgh (UK) in 1984. From 1984 to 2001 he combined research work in ultrasound imaging with hospital service work in diagnostic radiology. He was awarded PhD in 1990 for work in obstetric Doppler, and has gained majorUKand European prizes (IPEM Founders Prize 1993, Euroson Young Investigator Award 1993). He was promoted to Consultant Medical Physicist in 1998. In 2006 he moved to a University appointment and gained a personal chair in 2012. His research has been concerned with the development of ultrasound techniques for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, patient specific modelling and elastography. He has published 135 refereed journal papers and is principal author of 3 books.  His work has been cited over 2500 times and his h-index is 28. He is FIPEM (1994), FInstP (2007), FIHEA (2013) and was awarded DSc (2009) for his work on arterial mechanics. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology and of the IEEE UFFC.


Research Interests

Clinical vascular ultrasound technology and applications.

Experimental flow systems for haemodynamics and validation of imaging-based measurements

Patient specific modelling in arteries


Research students


2017-2020, Y Qian, Atherosclerosis and haemodynamics

2015-2018, C Zhou, Lattice-Boltzmann modelling of tumour blood flow

2015-2018, A Sathasivan, Comparison between atherosclerotic plaque development in the mouse and in humans.


2016 X Zhou, systemic disease prediction from pressure and flow in the radial artery

2016, L Hollis, Modelling of MRE in abdominal aortic aneurysm

2015, L Thomas, Modelling of transient MR elastography in arteries.

2014 E Kokkalis, vascular prosthesis design and spiral flow.

2011 A Shuib, Experimental and numerical modelling of 2-phase flow of blood.

2010, D Hardman, Modelling of blood flow and monocyte dynamics in aortic aneurysm.

2009, S Hammer, Engineering a 3D ultrasound system for image-guided vascular modelling.

2008, J Blake, Measurement of wall shear stress using ultrasound and validation using PIV.

2007, P Stroev, Mathematical model of the human systemic circulation.

2007, K Fraser, Computational estimation of blood flow and stresses in abdominal aortic aneurysm.

2007, M Li, Numerical simulation of blood flow and wall stresses in stenosed arteries.

2006, A Criton,  Real time ultrasound Doppler techniques for tissue motion and deformation analysis.

2006, J Dineley, Doppler ultrasound measurement of wall motion in arterial disease.

2003, J Brown, Diagnostic ultrasound imaging assessed by in-vivo and in-vitro methods.

2002, K Wilson, The relationship between aortic aneurysm wall distensibility and growth and rupture.

2001, U Kohler, MRI estimation of blood velocity and wall shear rate.

1995, SF Li, Experimental and theoretical investigation of flow measurement by Doppler ultrasound.

My research in a nutshell

The main focus of my work is the physics of arterial disease. Physical quantities such as blood velocity, wall shear stress and wall stiffness provide a description of the haemodynamic and mechanical environment of arteries. These physical quantities are used in improving an understanding of the function of arteries and in clinical diagnosis to predict future events such as stroke and heart attack. I use a number of different medical imaging systems to obtain data from individual patients; this data may be used in its own right or integrated with computational modelling to provide data not obtainable from medical imaging (especially on wall stress). The measurement of physical quantities must involve a consideration of measurement accuracy. For this purpose measurement errors are evaluated using experimental phantoms which simulate the key characteristics of the arteries (both mechanical and imaging properties). In addition simulation of the imaging process may be performed for the purposes of optimisation of the imaging technique. This work also falls under the general area of 'arterial biomechanics'.

Education/Academic qualification

University Teaching, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Nov 2012

Doctor of Science, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

Master of Science, University of Surrey

Award Date: 1 Jan 1982

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1980


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