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Professor Richard Underwood
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Professor Richard Underwood is a  Cardiac Imaging and Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospitals since 1985.

Professor Underwood gained a first class honours degree in chemistry at Merton College, University of Oxford. He went on to study medicine and graduated in 1977. After training in general medical he then went on to specialise in cardiac medicine learning both noninvasive and invasive techniques, and for the last 20 years, he has practised noninvasive cardiac imaging, with major clinical and research interests in nuclear cardiology, magnetic resonance and in cardiovascular X-ray computed tomography.

Professor Underwood has been closely involved in the development of magnetic resonance techniques for the investigation of the cardiovascular system and has contributed substantially to its progression from research technique to an everyday clinical tool. Professor Underwood has published and lectured widely and he has written or contributed to some of the standard textbooks of cardiovascular medicine.  He has led important training courses on nuclear cardiology at national and international level.

Professor Underwood teaches on the cardiovascular BSc at Imperial College and has been module lead for clinical sciences.


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Medical Procedures

  • Magnetic Resonance
  • PET
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Molecular Imaging
  • PET/CT
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Nuclear Imaging
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radioactive Tracers
  • Non-Invasive Imaging
  • Scintigraphy
  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
  • CMR
  • Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac Calcium Scoring
  • Cardiac CT
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Cardiac-Gated Imaging Technique

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Special Interests

  • Non-invasive and invasive techniques, 
  • non-invasive cardiac imaging
  • Nuclear cardiology
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Cardiovascular X-ray computed tomography


Primary Medical Qualification

BM BCh 1977 Oxford University


Specialist Register entry date

Cardiology From 22 May 1996

Nuclear medicine From 09 Oct 1996