25,000 participants scanned in the UK Biobank imaging study

Thank you to all the participants who have attended an imaging visit so far. If you would like to find out more about the UK Biobank Imaging Study please visit the imaging website:


Imaging researchers react to this milestone:

This globally important resource permits a unique opportunity for world-leading multidisciplinary discovery science, uniquely facilitating analyses across multiple organ systems, combining detailed mechanistic information with the comprehensive imaging, and places the UK at the forefront of biomedical science internationally.

Professor Nick Harvey, Southampton University

It already is 5x larger than the largest population research imaging study conducted anywhere in the world to date.  Such size is essential for gaining sufficient sensitivity to make out the “signatures” of diseases that affect the older UK population well before they happen, when they still can be prevented.

Paul M. Matthews, OBE, MD, DPhil, FRCP, FMedSci

Edmond and Lily Safra Chair,  Division of Brain Sciences, Associate Director, UK Dementia Research Institute

Imperial College London

In the first 25,000 UK Biobank imaging participants, we’ll have scanned 500 people who go on to receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s by 2022. This will enable us to identify the signatures of dementia in the brain before individuals begin to get sick.

Professor Karla Miller, FMRIB