Professor Francis Smith, Clinical Director at Medserena Upright Open MRI Centre

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Professor Francis Smith pioneered the clinical application of MRI, starting the world’s first clinical trial in 1980 and the first diagnostic MRI service at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1981. He worked in collaboration with a number of clinicians exploring the applications of MRI, being the first to show its potential in the examination of the abdomen and pelvis as well as for the study of pregnancy. He published the first clinical applications of MRI to musculoskeletal radiology, head and neck malignancy, liver and pancreatic disease, pelvic malignancy and pregnancy. He has over 250 publications in peer reviewed Journals, 32 book chapters and has co-authored 5 text books. He is currently Consultant Radiologist and Clinical Director at the Medserena Upright Open MRI centres in London and Manchester.

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