Professor David HansellMD FRCP FRCR FRSM

Consultant radiologist


Professor David Hansell has been a consultant radiologist at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals since 1989, where he treats private and NHS patients.

He qualified from Westminster Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College London), and after training in general medicine he specialised in radiology and gained his fellowship of the Royal College Radiologists in 1987.

Prior to taking up his clinical appointment at Royal Brompton Hospital, he was a visiting assistant Professor at the Image Processing Laboratories, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

In 2015, he was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists’ Gold Medal in recognition of his national and international contribution to clinical radiology.

He was president of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) in 2005 and president of the Fleischner Society in 2013. He is a member of many international working groups responsible for drawing up recommendations for the classification, investigation and management of lung diseases.

Clinical expertise

Professor David Hansell is an expert in the imaging of all aspects of respiratory disease in the lungs.

He has particular expertise in the use of high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) for diffuse lung diseases. HRCT has become pivotal in the accurate diagnosis of patients with airway and interstitial diseases, and this technique has meant that fewer patients now need to have surgical lung biopsies to make a diagnosis.

He is able to offer his expert second opinion on the imaging of challenging cases, from anywhere in the world.

Research interests

Professor David Hansell’s recent research has focused on investigating the HRCT features of diffuse lung disease that help predict outcomes.

As well as supervising higher degrees of many research fellows, Professor Hansell has hosted visiting radiologists from across Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Hansell has participated in numerous national and international working groups responsible for drawing up recommendations for the investigation and management of lung diseases. One of the projects he participated in is a complete revision of the Fleischner Society’s glossary of terms used in thoracic imaging (2008).


Professor David Hansell is the senior author of a highly regarded textbook, Imaging of Diseases of the Chest (5th edition, 2010, Elsevier). He was the editor of Clinical Radiology from 2002-2006 and has served on the editorial boards of several European and North American journals.

In 2013 he was made a National Institute of Health Research senior investigator, an award given to only 200 clinical academics in the UK.

He has written or co-authored more than 300 papers on various aspects of lung imaging.


Professor David Hansell has been professor of thoracic imaging at Imperial College London since 1998.