Professor David M Hansell

Consultant Radiologist


Professor David Hansell specialises in diagnostic imaging of the lungs. He was appointed consultant radiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in 1989 and has been Professor of Thoracic Imaging at Imperial College, London since 1998. 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.  Professor Hansell has served on the editorial boards of several North American and European journals and was Editor of Clinical Radiology from 2002 to 2006. He has written or co-authored over 300 papers on various aspects of lung imaging. In 2015 he was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists’ Gold Medal in recognition of his national and international contribution to clinical radiology.

Clinical Practice

Professor Hansell is interested in the imaging of all aspects of respiratory disease and has particular expertise in high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of diffuse lung diseases. HRCT has become pivotal in the accurate diagnosis of patients with airways and interstitial diseases, and this technique has meant that fewer patients now need to have surgical lung biopsies to make a diagnosis. The precise characterization of fibrosing lung diseases and quantification of HRCT signs of disease is of increasing relevance to patients being entered for trials of new treatments. He is sent the imaging of challenging cases from around the world for his opinion.

Research Interests

Professor Hansell’s recent research centres on investigating the HRCT features of diffuse lung disease that predict outcome. As well as supervising higher degrees of many research fellows, Professor Hansell has been host to visiting radiologists from Europe, North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Professor Hansell is the senior author of a highly regarded textbook, Imaging of Diseases of the Chest (5th edition, 2010, Elsevier). In 2013 he was made a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator, an award given to only 200 clinical academics in the U.K.