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The UK Biobank Imaging Study aims to conduct detailed MRI imaging scans of the vital organs of over 100,000 participants, making it the largest of its kind in the world. 

Together with the information we have already collected from our participants, these images will help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases.

Take a look at the videos on this site to find out more about the imaging study. All video transcripts are available in the 'Further documents' section.

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Hear from participants on how they found their scanning visit and why they would recommend it to a friend!
The UK Biobank imaging study is the largest of its kind in the world, scanning the hearts, brains and bodies of 100,000 participants. Take a virtual tour of the centre in the video below.
Watch this video to hear from expert imaging researchers on how unique and transformative the UK Biobank resource is for health research.
See what the BBC’s Medical Correspondent, Fergus Walsh, had to say when he became the first participant to be scanned
Hear from participants on how they found their scanning visit and why they would recommend it to a friend!
The UK Biobank imaging study is the largest of its kind in the world, scanning the hearts, brains and bodies of 100,000 participants. Take a virtual tour of the centre in the video below.
Watch this video to hear from expert imaging researchers on how unique and transformative the UK Biobank resource is for health research.
See what the BBC’s Medical Correspondent, Fergus Walsh, had to say when he became the first participant to be scanned

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Now hear from our experts.

Find out what the imaging visit is like.
More information about who can be scanned and how to make an appointment
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Imaging

The UK Biobank Imaging Study is one of the most ambitious and exciting health research opportunities in recent years. It will provide an unprecedented level of information to help scientists and doctors working on a wide range of illnesses.

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Incidental findings

Abnormalities can show up on scans taken for research during the scanning process. Most of these are no cause for concern. But, if the radiographer does happen to notice a potentially serious abnormality while taking the scans, they will refer the scans after your visit to a specialist doctor (radiologist) for review. If the radiologist agrees that the abnormality is potentially serious we will write to you and your GP to tell you.

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News

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29 Nov 2018

UK Biobank thanks participants for their continued support of this pioneering study

Two major publications in the prestigious journal Nature this week focus on the way that UK Biobank genetics and imaging data are transforming health research.

In one paper, researchers report on a pioneering study that combined 10,000 UK Biobank MR brain images with genetics data from all 500,000 participants.

They found a genetic link for some of the most fundamental processes that allow us to think, act and function, from the size of the parts of the central nervous system that control sight, hearing, speech, emotions and actions to the integrity of the communications channels between them and the strength of the signals within. The results will provide a huge impetus to new research for a wide range of degenerative and psychiatric disorders and ultimately improve treatments.

The work is funded primarily by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

“We have had a tantalising glimpse of what could be,” said Professor Steve Smith, Oxford University, who led the study. “These game-changing data stored within the UK Biobank resource, and growing in size and value all the time, will revolutionise our understanding of complex brain disorders.” With 20,000 more participants already scanned and 70,000 still to go UK Biobank would transform understanding.

In particular, the researchers studied 3,144 different measures of brain structure and function, resulting in the discovery of more than 100 areas of the human genome that influence the brain:

  • Results revealed the effects of genes coding for a “scaffold for tissue healing” in white matter pathways, affecting diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and motor neuron disease. This scaffold is crucial for the growth of white matter in early life, and for the white matter to heal itself from damage by disease.
  • The researchers mapped for the first time the signature of genetic influences on iron deposits in the brain, for genes related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers hope the work will lead to new insight into how these diseases progress and damage mental capacity, and also help generate new imaging-based ways to evaluate disease treatments in the future.
  • Another finding relates to the effect of the ROBO3 gene on the brain’s white matter pathways. Mutations in the gene mean that pathways that normally connect one side of the brain to the other do not develop properly. This can result in gaze palsy, a disorder which affects the movement of the eyes. It was found that the UK Biobank brain imaging is able to non-invasively localise the effects of this gene to exactly the pathways affected in this disorder.
  • The work also localised effects in the brain of genes that have been linked to both early-life brain development and mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

There was praise for the work from UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport, and Sara Marshall Head of Clinical Research and Physiological Sciences at Wellcome. “The research published today brings together a combination of genetic and brain imaging data at an unparalleled scale, and allows us to ask questions about common brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease in a completely new way,” she said.

 “Thanks to the vision of UK Biobank’s funders, the altruism of the study participants and the contributions of a large number of scientists who have helped us along the way, UK Biobank is coming of age as a force in health research,” Professor Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator said.

View the paper in Nature:

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28 Nov 2018

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‘TANTALISING AND EXCITING’ UK Biobank genetic and imaging opens the door to a new era of health research

25 Nov 2018

UK Biobank thanks participants for their continued support of this pioneering study

Two major publications in the prestigious journal Nature this week focus on the way that UK Biobank genetics and imaging data are transforming health research.

In one paper, researchers report on a pioneering study that combined 10,000 UK Biobank MR brain images with genetics data from all 500,000 participants.

They found a genetic link for some of the most fundamental processes that allow us to think, act and function, from the size of the parts of the central nervous system that control sight, hearing, speech, emotions and actions to the integrity of the communications channels between them and the strength of the signals within. The results will provide a huge impetus to new research for a wide range of degenerative and psychiatric disorders and ultimately improve treatments.

The work is funded primarily by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

“We have had a tantalising glimpse of what could be,” said Professor Steve Smith, Oxford University, who led the study. “These game-changing data stored within the UK Biobank resource, and growing in size and value all the time, will revolutionise our understanding of complex brain disorders.” With 20,000 more participants already scanned and 70,000 still to go UK Biobank would transform understanding.

In particular, the researchers studied 3,144 different measures of brain structure and function, resulting in the discovery of more than 100 areas of the human genome that influence the brain:

  • Results revealed the effects of genes coding for a “scaffold for tissue healing” in white matter pathways, affecting diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and motor neuron disease. This scaffold is crucial for the growth of white matter in early life, and for the white matter to heal itself from damage by disease.
  • The researchers mapped for the first time the signature of genetic influences on iron deposits in the brain, for genes related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers hope the work will lead to new insight into how these diseases progress and damage mental capacity, and also help generate new imaging-based ways to evaluate disease treatments in the future.
  • Another finding relates to the effect of the ROBO3 gene on the brain’s white matter pathways. Mutations in the gene mean that pathways that normally connect one side of the brain to the other do not develop properly. This can result in gaze palsy, a disorder which affects the movement of the eyes. It was found that the UK Biobank brain imaging is able to non-invasively localise the effects of this gene to exactly the pathways affected in this disorder.
  • The work also localised effects in the brain of genes that have been linked to both early-life brain development and mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

There was praise for the work from UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport, and Sara Marshall Head of Clinical Research and Physiological Sciences at Wellcome. “The research published today brings together a combination of genetic and brain imaging data at an unparalleled scale, and allows us to ask questions about common brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease in a completely new way,” she said.

 “Thanks to the vision of UK Biobank’s funders, the altruism of the study participants and the contributions of a large number of scientists who have helped us along the way, UK Biobank is coming of age as a force in health research,” Professor Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator said.

View the paper in Nature:

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‘TANTALISING AND EXCITING’ UK Biobank genetic and imaging opens the door to a new era of health research

25 Nov 2018

UK Biobank thanks participants for their continued support of this pioneering study

Two major publications in the prestigious journal Nature this week focus on the way that UK Biobank genetics and imaging data are transforming health research.

In one paper, researchers report on a pioneering study that combined 10,000 UK Biobank MR brain images with genetics data from all 500,000 participants.

They found a genetic link for some of the most fundamental processes that allow us to think, act and function, from the size of the parts of the central nervous system that control sight, hearing, speech, emotions and actions to the integrity of the communications channels between them and the strength of the signals within. The results will provide a huge impetus to new research for a wide range of degenerative and psychiatric disorders and ultimately improve treatments.

The work is funded primarily by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust.

“We have had a tantalising glimpse of what could be,” said Professor Steve Smith, Oxford University, who led the study. “These game-changing data stored within the UK Biobank resource, and growing in size and value all the time, will revolutionise our understanding of complex brain disorders.” With 20,000 more participants already scanned and 70,000 still to go UK Biobank would transform understanding.

In particular, the researchers studied 3,144 different measures of brain structure and function, resulting in the discovery of more than 100 areas of the human genome that influence the brain:

  • Results revealed the effects of genes coding for a “scaffold for tissue healing” in white matter pathways, affecting diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and motor neuron disease. This scaffold is crucial for the growth of white matter in early life, and for the white matter to heal itself from damage by disease.
  • The researchers mapped for the first time the signature of genetic influences on iron deposits in the brain, for genes related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers hope the work will lead to new insight into how these diseases progress and damage mental capacity, and also help generate new imaging-based ways to evaluate disease treatments in the future.
  • Another finding relates to the effect of the ROBO3 gene on the brain’s white matter pathways. Mutations in the gene mean that pathways that normally connect one side of the brain to the other do not develop properly. This can result in gaze palsy, a disorder which affects the movement of the eyes. It was found that the UK Biobank brain imaging is able to non-invasively localise the effects of this gene to exactly the pathways affected in this disorder.
  • The work also localised effects in the brain of genes that have been linked to both early-life brain development and mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

There was praise for the work from UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport, and Sara Marshall Head of Clinical Research and Physiological Sciences at Wellcome. “The research published today brings together a combination of genetic and brain imaging data at an unparalleled scale, and allows us to ask questions about common brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease in a completely new way,” she said.

 “Thanks to the vision of UK Biobank’s funders, the altruism of the study participants and the contributions of a large number of scientists who have helped us along the way, UK Biobank is coming of age as a force in health research,” Professor Rory Collins, UK Biobank Principal Investigator said.

View the paper in Nature:

View Article

How to find us:

If you would like to speak to someone, please call our free phone Participant Resource Centre on 0800 0 276 276, 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm on Saturday.

You should call the PRC if you wish to confirm or change your appointment, or update your contact details.

You can email us: ukbiobank@ukbiobank.ac.uk

Travel Expenses

If you are travelling to an appointment you can claim reasonable expenses (25p/mile for a car). If coming by train, it would really help us if you could consider booking your ticket in advance, to get the best value for money.

You can book online and pick up your tickets at the station. You can buy "split tickets" that may reduce the overall price you pay. Visit the website: splitticketing.com to find out more. Money saved will help us create a better resource for research.

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