The Clinical Imaging Facility (CIF) is a joint venture between Swansea University and Swansea Bay University Health Board. The principles behind the development are medical research and education with improved health gain for the population. The CIF primary role is as a centre for facilitating clinical research, the three main strands of which are pharmaceutical based clinical research in oncology, clinical application of MRI and the development of imaging based clinical pathways.

The facility provides access to MRI and CT scanning, covering Neuro, MSK, vascular, body, cardiac and gynaecological imaging areas on adult patients over the age of 18 years of age undertaken by qualified SOR radiographers who are registered with the HCPC.

Our Facilities


The imaging centre houses a 3T Siemens Magnetom MRI Scanner on the ground floor within the Institute of Life Science 2 building. It is the latest Siemens 3T Magnetom Skyra MRI scanner, with a wider (70cm) and shorter (173cm) bore to aid in participant compliance and comfort, without compromising image quality. We have a large collection of high-density coils for neuro, body and orthopaedic scanning, together with the TIM 4th generation system with multi-channel to support ultra-high density coils. The undockable table with integrated spine coils.

Clinical Imaging Facility Staff Operating CT Scanner

The MRI suite hardware includes an infusion pump for IV injections and fMRI screen and responses boxes. CIF is an approved IDEA software user, which will allow bespoke scanning protocols to be generated. Facilities for data analysis and high performance computing are also available.


CT scanning is provided by a Siemens Somatom Definition AS CT Scanner which maximizes clinical outcomes and minimizes dose to take best care of patients’ well-being. It has FAST CARE technology, which accelerates workflow and lowers radiation exposure to previously unseen levels, thus leveraging untapped potential in patient-centric productivity.

Image of lecturer and students using Medical School MRI Scanner

FAST – Fully Assisting Scanner Technologies

Make time-consuming and complex procedures faster as well as far more intuitive. Thus, they make scanning more reproducible and less prone to errors. Ideal for clinical trial data.

CARE – Combined Applications to Reduce Exposure

  • Give excellent image quality at the lowest possible dose.
  • Together with synovia, our system enables a streamlined complete examination, from scan preparation to data evaluation, ensuring a highly reliable diagnosis with the least burden on patients.
  • Immediate, organ-based scan and recon range setting with FAST Planning
  • FAST Adjust allows intuitive scan parameter adjustment with the push of a button
  • Higher reliability and reproducibility in cardiac CT with the FAST Cardio Wizard
  • Image evaluation with a single click with synovia

Access Information

Access Guidance for Private Patients

We aim to deliver the highest standard of care in a safe and clean patient centred environment. We achieve this through offering quick and flexible scan appointments, friendly service, competitive pricing and a swift production of reports.

Areas Scanned:

  • Neurological: Brain, Spine
  • Musculoskeletal             
  • Vascular
  • Body: Neck, Chest, Abdomen & Pelvis
  • Cardiac
  • Gynaelogical

Book an appointment - To book an appointment please contact CIF on 01792 606420 or email your referral. We require a referral from a registered medical professional for all scans.

Private Patient Self-Funding Rates*:

1 Area £250 £325
2 Area £350 £425
3 Area £450 £500

*Insurance companies will be invoiced separately, separate rates apply. Please contact us to confirm insurance rates. All prices are subject to change and can vary depending on the scan required.

Access Guidance for Research Projects

Key Staff and Collaborators

Mr Anthony Rees

Mr Anthony Rees

Superintendent Research Radiographer, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 606539
Miss Laura Lowe

Miss Laura Lowe

Clinical Imaging Facility Office Manager, Biomedical Sciences
+44 (0) 1792 606420

Dr Richard Hugtenburg

Associate Professor of Medical Physics, Medical Physics
+44 (0) 1792 602720
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Jonathan Phillips

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Medicine, Health and Life Science - Faculty
+44 (0) 1792 604256
Available For Postgraduate Supervision