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Summary

CAG Lead: Professor Reza Razavi

The Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering CAG has achieved substantial improvement across the research, teaching and clinical remits of King’s Health Partners organisations. Significant progress has been made since the formation of the CAG and we are globally recognised as leaders in several programmes including cardiovascular MRI, cancer imaging, interventional radiology and perinatal imaging.

Our clinical services are associated with a strong and growing research base and with innovative teaching and training programmes. Our basic research programmes are multi-disciplinary and research income is increasing year-on-year within the CAG.

We have streamlined our clinical services to both increase activity and reduce costs in radiology across the CAG. Most notably, successful clinical transformative change projects include:

• Development of a joint King’s College Hospital/Guy’s and St Thomas’ Endovascular Aortic repair programme which is the second largest in the world, and delivered from a new, state-of-the-art operating theatre.

• Growth of the Cardiovascular MR imaging programme, which is now clinically the largest in the UK, and the largest research programme in the world.

• Integration of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital breast radiology programmes to form the leading UK breast screening programme.

Education and training is high on the agenda and in addition to the development of several new post and undergraduate programmes over the last two years, clinical teaching and training across the partner organisations has been brought together to create one of the largest integrated radiology programmes in the UK.

Research within the CAG is internationally recognised and has seen significant growth with over 300 active researchers and several recent international recruitments. The CAG hosts several leading research centres and has the largest integrated clinical and research Positron Emission Tomography (PET) programme in the UK.

In addition to further improvements in clinical, research and teaching provision, over the next five years we will undertake a comprehensive, innovative and transformational programme to change patient pathways using imaging as a gateway to secondary care, increasing the use of imaging in providing therapy, and using imaging for the early assessment of treatment response.

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