Smart Medical Imaging

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training



The students have access to top of the range equipment. We aim to create a pipeline from imaging chemistry, image acquisition through processing/reconstruction, computational modelling and clinical translation. King's has supported this pipeline with over £40m of funding for research facilities established or refurbished since the end of 2007. The CDT is based at St Thomas’ Hospital allowing us to maximise synergies between research and clinical translation. Staff are allocated space in order to enhance multi-disciplinary working and, as such, one office/lab may house a physical scientist, an engineer and a clinician working on the same disease area.

The Research facilities are as follows:

  • 3000 sqm of offices, computer laboratories, and seminar rooms
  • 800sqm of state-of-the-art engineering, physics, chemistry and biology laboratories including confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and HPLC
  • 7 research clinical MRI scanners including 4 at 3T, 1 at 1.5T, 1 1.5T XMR and the first 7T for London (opening in 2019)
  • A PET Centre research facility including 2 state-of-the-art PET-CT scanners, the UK’s second PET-MRI scanner and the UK’s first cyclotron-supported clinical PET-MR
  • Pre-clinical PET-CT, SPECT-CT, PET-MR, and ultrasound and a 9.4T NMR for spectroscopy and imaging with an additional hyperpolariser
  • A Biological Services Unit that has recently undergone extensive refurbishment
  • A dedicated HPC facility with 640 cores and 5 terabytes of shared memory
  • Divisional facilities contribute to and are further enhanced by institutional core facilities. These include the Wellcome EPSCR Centre for Medical Engineering (£12m investment) and the new London Medical Imaging and AI Centre for Value Based Healthcare (£10m investment), due to open in early 2019