NIHR Imaging Clinical Research Facility

Supporting research in the development of imaging techniques to improve tumour detection, tumour characterisation, assessment of treatment response and image-guided therapy.

The Department of Health’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds experimental medicine at our Clinical Research Facility (CRF), to help speed up the translation of scientific advances for the benefit of patients.

Our CRF was established in 2012 following the award of a competitive grant from the NIHR to support clinical research involving cancer imaging at the The Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research. 

Imaging is an essential part of cancer care. Insights gained from imaging are used to diagnose cancer, to assess how well a patient is responding to therapy, and to plan surgery and other treatment options.

Through different types of scans, imaging provides information on the location, appearance and biological behaviour of tumours, which enables us to treat cancers in the most appropriate way. 

The CRF is now enabling the development of imaging techniques to guide and deliver therapy that ensures patients benefit from our personalised-medicine approach to treatment and care.

Central to our capability are three Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners (two 1.5T and one 3T), and two Positron Emission Tomography/Computerised Tomography (PET/CT) scanners. Find out more about MRI scans and CT/PET scans

Further information about our Imaging CRF can be downloaded below. Find out more about our research highlights and patient and public involvement.


Our CRF team

The Imaging Clinical Research Facility supports a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to the development of imaging techniques to improve tumour detection, characterisation and treatment.

Consultant Radiologists take clinical responsibility for patients on research studies. Working closely with Clinical Research Fellows, Scientists and Physicists, they lead the proposal, design and development of new clinical studies.

Research Radiographers conduct the research scanning service within the MRI and PET/CT departments, liaising with researchers to develop tailored imaging protocols. 

Our Physicists are closely involved in both the protocol development and data analysis of our imaging research studies.

The Centre Manager leads the administrative structure of the CRF and the Trial Coordinators, who ensure all our research is conducted according to ethical and legal guidelines, while Patient Representatives work with the team to ensure it maintains a patient focus.



Please contact us if you would like more information or are interested in working with us. 

For general enquiries: 0208 661 3339


For information about upcoming workshops, please email Katherine May, Imaging CRF Centre Manager.