Edinburgh Imaging

Clinical Research Imaging

The Clinical Imaging Facility QMRI is a cutting edge clinical & research unit at the Queen’s Medical Research Institute (QMRI) at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) Bioquarter campus.


  • 2009 - Our Clinical Research Imaging Cetnre (CRIC) started scanning trial participants & patients
  • 2010 - Official opening on the 29th October by The Duke of Edinburgh, then Chancellor of the University
  • 2014 - The facility became part of the Edinburgh Imaging community
  • 2016 - The facility was renamed the Edinburgh Imaging Facility QMRI
  • 2017 - Official opening under this new name on 14th February by Princess Anne, the Chancellor of the University
Prof van Beek with Chancellor


Our facility provides human clinical & research imaging in collaboration with NHS Lothian enabled by our close proximity to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. We also work in conjunction with the co-located Clinical Research Facility.

The Clinical Research Imaging Facility is supported by a team of multidisciplinary imaging scientists, who interface with research teams from all areas of the University of Edinburgh & associated organisations, to assist & advise on all aspects of the implementation & design of protocols for human imaging of patients and volunteers.

Staff at the Edinburgh Imaging facility QMRI, work closely with well-established centres of research excellence within the University of Edinburgh, such as the Centre for Inflammation Research, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences and the School of Informatics, as well as working with NHS clinicians and support staff. We also have strong collaborations with other institutions nationally and internationally.

As part of Edinburgh Imaging, our facility has close links with SINAPSE (Scottish Imaging Network, A Platform for Scientific Excellence).


Edinburgh Imaging facility QMRI houses Scotland's first PET-MRI scanner, the Siemens Biograph mMR, which combines state-of-the-art 3T MRI with proven molecular imaging, fully integrated in one system.

In addition to the PETMR scanner, we also house the Siemens Magnetom Verio 3T MR scanner  and two 128-multidetector PETCT scanners currently performing FDG-imaging. Our PET scanners are  served by the GMP Radiochemistry department, which includes a dedicated Cyclotron (PETtrace 8, GE Healthcare) with a supporting Radiochemistry suite accredited by the MHRA.

Our image analysis suite is ideal for post processing & assessment of imaging data.



Professor Edwin van Beek 

Professor David Newby

Other Senior Staff

Prof Neil Roberts

Dr Scott Semple

Dr Gillian Macnaught

Dr Tom Macgillivray

Meet all our staff.


Volunteer Information

Getting to the CRIC - How to find us

Info for patients or study participants - Useful Information

Contact us - 0131 242 7776



Our research is currently focusing on the effects of cardiovascular disorders, pulmonary diseases, vascular disease of the brain, ageing, dementia, and oncology. We can provide high quality imaging for small single scan projects right through to coordinating multi-centre global clinical trials.

Our hospital embedded imaging facility has helped make the University of Edinburgh one of the top-rated research Universities in the world.

Find out how to apply for an imaging study

Find out how to acknowledge our facilities if they have been used for your research



Our facility is backed by financial support from private donations and grants from a range of sources:

  • Elizabeth Batey
  • British Heart Foundation
  • The late Mr George Birtwhistle and Mr Ronald Storey
  • Chief Scientist Office
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
  • Winifred Gear Bequest
  • Gannochy Trust
  • NHS Lothian
  • Professor Walter Nimmo
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Norman Salvesen Emphysema Research Trust
  • Wellcome Trust

and many others, some of which are listed on the main Queen’s  Medical Research Institute (QMRI) donor board.