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MR Advisory Group

The Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG) was established in 2011. Please see below for terms of reference, a list of current members and minutes of the meetings.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, please contact Alex Lipton, Professional Support Officer MRI.      

MRAG Current Members

Rachel Watt
Lead MRI Supt Radiographer

Christopher Wright
Associate Professor

Darren Walls
Research Radiographer

Stephen Boynes
Senior Lecturer

Jacqueline Pursey
Specialist Radiographer

Prasad Vadday
Radiographer - MRI Department

Carolyn Costigan
Chief Research Radiographer

Rakesh Puni
Radiographer – MRI

Cynthia Eccles
Superintendent Radiographer

SoR Professional Officer: Alex Lipton

Denise Newsom

Darren Hudson
Clinical Specialist


MRAG Member Profiles

Carolyn Costigan
Chief Research Radiographer

Carolyn is Principal Research Radiographer and Manager of the Research & Development Imaging Support Unit at Nottingham University NHS Trust.

She qualified in Dublin as a diagnostic radiographer (DCR), specialised in MRI when she moved to the UK in 1995, and obtained an MSc in MRI in Lancaster in 2000. 

Carolyn subsequently moved to the Sir Peter Mansfield MR Centre at University of Nottingham to work in MR research.

Carolyn presently works in an NHS post, providing leadership for the clinical research activities of the Imaging R&D Support Unit, including organising trials within Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, assisting with the development of grant applications, conducting MRI research projects, assisting with the implementation of research findings into clinical practice at the MR and CT units and day-to-day managing the Unit’s task of authorizing research studies involving radiation and imaging.

She is responsible for promoting and developing research opportunities for the radiographers at NUH NHS Trust and does one clinical MR session weekly.

Carolyn started a PhD in translational research with the School of Medicine at Nottingham University in January 2014.

Rakesh Puni
MRI Superintendent Radiographer

Rakesh started his MRI career in 1993, at the Robert Steiner Unit, Hammersmith Hospital. He carried out MRI research and had the opportunity to work with many great MRI pioneers.

In 1997, he moved to Birmingham to commission a 1T MRI unit and, after working there for 6 years, he had an opportunity to work at the University California San Diego, again carrying out research on new pulse sequences.

After a short break, Rakesh returned to Birmingham to manage four MRI scanners in a large NHS Trust.  He also undertook an MRI reporting course and subsequently reported solo for seven years. He completed his Master’s in Clinical reporting.

Rakesh moved back to London in 2013, to run and commission the Cardiac MRI unit at Harefield Hospital, where he has gained extensive CMR experience.

Rachel Watt

Rachel is Lead MRI Superintendent for NHS Grampian, managing two scanners at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend.

After completing her BSc in Diagnostic Radiography at Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen, she worked in Edinburgh before going 'Down-Under' to specialise in MRI and study at the University of Queensland, obtaining her MSc.

Rachel then returned to the UK to take up a Superintendent post to design and set up a new MRI service, before returning to Aberdeen to take up her present position.

Rachel has been an active member of the BAMRR Policy Board for several years and lectures on the University of Cumbria's postgraduate MRI course in Lancaster.

Her key interests are MRI education and training.

Stephen Boynes

Stephen Boynes qualified in 1981 at the Bradford School of Radiography before moving to North Wales to work as a radiographer. After four years he returned to Bradford as a senior radiographer working mainly in CT and angiography before moving into education in 1986. He completed the Higher Diploma of the College of Radiographers in 1985 and obtained an MSc in Educational Management in 2002.

Since 1997 Stephen has been responsible for leading the team delivering the magnetic resonance imaging programme offered at the University of Bradford. In the past he was awarded a mid-career award from PPP Healthcare Medical Trust to further develop his knowledge and skills in MRI by undertaking a 12 month sabbatical in MRI at the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

At the professional level Stephen is also an HCPC visitor and has just completed a term as external examiner for the MSc in MRI offered at Anglia Ruskin University.

Darren Walls

Darren is a lecturer within the School of Health Sciences at City University London.
Alongside various teaching and facilitation responsibilities on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) programme, Darren currently supports the management and provision of an MSc programme in Medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which is delivered as a mixture of face to face teaching and distance learning.

Recent work has concentrated on the development of a two year pre registration MSc programme for diagnostic radiography, management of practice clinical placements and utilising innovative technology to support his teaching practice. He is currently chair of the London Regional Society and College of Radiographers Committee.

He is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

Darren plans to embark upon a clinical PhD in prostate cancer diagnosis utilising PET/MRI.


Prasad Vadday

Prasad Vadday graduated with a B.Sc. degree in 1986. After graduation, he worked with NIMS University Hospital as a Radiographer in India. Later in 2007, he moved to the United Kingdom into a challenging role in Addenbrookes Hospital. He completed his PGC in MRI from City University London. At Present he is working as a senior MRI Radiographer at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He is also registered with the American Society of MRI Technology.

He has worked for many years in the field of Radiology and Imaging.

He is a Past secretary of Indian association of radiological technologists AP branch. He has organised many conferences back in India.

He gave many oral presentations and posters in various national and international conferences, workshops and scientific seminars in India and abroad, winning several number of awards and accolades in a career spanning over three decades.
He is the Co-author of Step by step MRI book.

Chris Wright

Chris is Chair of the MRAG. He has research interests in image interpretation, post processing and display, with an MRI focus on prostate and breast.

He qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1981. Upon achieving the HDCR(R) in 1986 he began teaching in Lancaster before moving to Birmingham where he completed his Cert Ed and MSc.

In 1989 he began his 'industry period'; firstly with Philips, where he was instrumental in the commercialisation of short bore T5 MRI.

In 1994 he moved to General Electric (GE) again with a strong MRI initial focus, being involved with the development of the double doughnut inter-operative system, and phased array coil technology, before progressing on to numerous sales and marketing roles.

In 2005 he embarked on a PhD, which has provided the platform for his return to Higher Education. He lead the Postgraduate MRI course at The University of Cumbria and then at Sheffield Hallam University. 

In 2015 he became Associate Professor in Diagnostic Imaging at London South Bank University with professional lead responsibility. In August 2017 he moved to The University of Exeter medical school to focus on medical imaging research.

Jacqueline Pursey

Jacqueline is the MRI Practice Educator for Greater Glasgow & Clyde (GG&C) NHS Trust; this is a hybrid role combining the provision of formalised MRI education and a clinical role as a MRI Modality Lead Radiographer.

She qualified and worked in Glasgow before moving to Plymouth to specialise as the Superintendent Radiographer in the vascular suite.  A move to Leeds then followed with her husband’s job where she held the post of the Lead Vascular Radiographer at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. Whilst in this role she obtained a PgC in Health Service Management.

Jacqueline returned to the Glasgow area with a young family and worked in various part time roles specialising in CT scanning.  An opportunity then arose to move into a core MRI Radiographer in one of Glasgow’s large teaching hospitals.  Whilst in this role she obtained an MSc in Diagnostic Imaging Science (Distinction) in 2012. The post of MRI Practice Educator came into fruition in 2014 where she delivers a standardised MRI Induction programme to all new MRI staff within Scotland’s largest NHS trust. She also performs a clinical leadership role in MRI.

Jacqueline continues to collaborate in professional learning as a guest Lecturer for Glasgow Caledonian University at undergraduate and post graduate level and has published a number of articles including in the peer reviewed ‘Radiography’ journal.

Darren Hudson

Having worked within MRI for over 15years, my current role is MRI Clinical Lead for InHealth, an Independent Sector provider of Diagnostic and Healthcare solutions within the UK. I work within the Clinical Quality team for the organisation and provide professional leadership for the MRI Radiographers we employ. My role encompasses many aspects of MRI across the business, from quality and governance to education and training.

I was MRI Safety Certified by the American MRI Safety Board in 2016 which helps support my role as MRI Safety Officer in collaboration with our MRSE. As well as safety, I am passionate about patient experience within MRI and continue to drive this forward internally. I also have an interest in training and education with our internal training courses all approved or endorsed by the College of Radiographers.

I am ISAS assessor trained and a SpA for the CQC which support my drive for quality and standards in MRI. I have my Masters in Health Science, a Post Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care Management, and am working towards completion of a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education. I am keen on promoting evidence based practice and have an active publication portfolio.

Denise Newsom

Denise Newsom, owner of Eden Learning delivers national CT/MRI training courses in addition to bespoke tailored classroom training and specialises in MRI Safety.  

With over twenty five years of clinical CT and MRI experience, Denise maintains her clinical skills by working in the medical and veterinary fields.



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