Cambridge Rotation

Cambridge radiology training is based in Addenbrookes hospital. Unlike other training schemes, training is mainly at our base hospital Addenbrookes. Training is split up into general radiology training whereby trainees rotate through the main subspecialities for the first three years and then specialise in the final two years. During the first three years a typical trainee will spend 3 months at Papworth hospital, a specialist cardiothoracic centre and 3 months at a local DGH (West Suffolk, Hinchingbrooke Luton among others), the other 2 1/2 years are spent at Addenbrookes.

The final two years is usually spent in a subspeciality training at Addenbrookes or Papworth.

Addenbrookes is a tertiary referral centre with a strong academic department and links to the university. Many Addenbrookes radiologists are involved with teaching undergraduates and clinical students. The hospital itself is a centre of excellence for a variety of specialities including neurolgy/neurosurgery and transplant including liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel, among others. Papworth hospital specialises in a variety of things including, heart and lung transplant, pulmonary hypertension and cystic fibrosis.



Academic department of Radiology Cambridge

The Department of Academic Radiology is a leading and internationally competitive department undertaking innovative research in medical imaging, bringing together multidisciplinary teams of academic radiologists and imaging scientists with clinicians and scientists working across the Biomedical Imaging Campus, Clinical School and the University of Cambridge. The department is recognized for its active doctoral and post-doctoral research programme and it has graduate opportunities each year for students pursuing PhD, MD and MPhil degrees. Like the PhD, the one-year MPhil in Radiology is entirely research-based and all students are part of a team run by an academic lead active in one or more of the Department’s current research themes. Clinical Academic Training opportunities are available through the Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lectureship (ACL) pathways.

The department is an integral part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the largest biomedical cluster outside the US, and it has extensive collaborations with the NHS (through Addenbrooke’s, Rosie and Papworth Hospitals), research institutes within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology), University departments (Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Engineering, Department of Astronomy), pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline) and imaging equipment manufacturers (GE, Siemens). Students and academic staff are supported through diverse funding initiatives by the NHS (National Institute for Health Research), University, local and national Charities (Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK), Research Councils (Medical Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Industry.

State-of-the art imaging facilities, including 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners, one PET-CT and several CT scanners are available for clinical and translational research. A new 7T MRI and a PET/MR scanner are currently being installed to investigate the structural, functional and metabolic changes in dementia and cancer. Cambridge has one of the world’s first clinical hyperpolarizers for carbon-13 MRI for real-time metabolic imaging in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Our work is supported by the cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities in the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, Addenbrooke’s Nuclear Medicine department and the newly refurbished radiopharmacy. The cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities produce a wide range of radiotracers giving us extensive opportunities for innovative research in clinical imaging.

The following academics are currently supervising students whose research falls into their specialist areas:

We welcome you to our website ( and encourage you to contact us ( if you are interested in undertaking training or research in Cambridge in medical imaging.

Breast Fellowship

Cambridge Breast Unit provides a one year fellowship in breast imaging. The trainee will learn symptomatic and screening mammography and be a third (trainee) reader for the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

The trainee will have extensive exposure and hands on training in:  breast and axillary ultrasound, breast and axilla biopsy, ultrasound vacuum biopsy, stereotactic vacuum biopsy, breast tomosynthesis, breast MRI and MRI guided biopsies.

There are two breast and one metastatic  Multidisciplinary Team Meetings (MDT) per week which the fellow participates in

There are many research opportunities often with new breast imaging techniques, for example Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography and microbubble imaging.  As we work closely with all staff in the Breast Unit , research and audit is often multidisciplinary and we publish in many peer review journals and present at national and international conferences.

Further information please contact Dr. Ruchi Sinnatamby or Dr. Penny Moyle , Cambridge Breast Unit, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust.