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Research Radiology

Oxford Radiology Research Unit (ORRU) is part of the Radiology directorate based at the Churchill Hospital.

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ORRU operates in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the University of Oxford.

All studies conducted within the Trust which involve Radiology assessments (for example: X-ray, CT, MRI or ultrasound examinations) are processed through ORRU.

ORRU together with the Medical Physics department assesses the radiological impact for participants participating in research studies.

For researchers

ORRU was established initially to support a small number of clinical research studies. Technological advances in both hardware and imaging analysis capabilities, a greater number of imaging techniques and clinical trials utilising imaging within their protocols now mean that ORRU supports over 400 clinical research studies and is the major grant holder for a number of standalone projects, led by Research Radiographers.

ORRU contributes to clinical research studies to ensure the quality and provision of clinical trial services is in accordance with all relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines including Good Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials Directives.

Our aim is to contribute to good quality research, to engage stakeholders and to deliver effective radiological solutions for patients, clinicians and the NHS.

The research team comprises:

  • Research Radiographers
  • Clinical Research Fellows
  • Study Doctors
  • Consultants
  • Data Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Booking Clerks
  • a Qualified Person to enable us to manufacture hyperpolarised xenon gas to use for MRI scans

and, most importantly, clinical staff who enable participants to be assessed within the Radiology Department.

Contact us

Contact for research-related enquiries:

For more information please visit:

Oxford Radiology Research Unit (ORRU)