Our mission and purpose is to facilitate collaboration for clinical impact from multi-modal AI


Who we are

The National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI) is revolutionising healthcare through Artificial Intelligence (AI).

We are a partnership between NHS trusts, companies, universities, charities and patient groups coordinated by the University of Oxford.

How we work

We believe innovation takes place across sector boundaries, and have brought together partners to enable this innovation to happen with greater speed and impact.

We use de-identified patient data coupled to clinical insight, to support the development, validation and deployment of medical imaging AI to improve patient care.

NCIMI partners 

The Consortium is led from Oxford University at the Big Data Institute , recognised as the world’s best institution for medical research and the best in Europe for both engineering and computer science.

Clinical partners include global experts from across the country to address challenging unmet needs in cancer, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic health across the whole NHS.

What we offer

NCIMI can support projects at all stages along the development pipeline – including initial project scoping and pilot data collection, large data set acquisition, development for algorithm training and validation, reader studies and real-world evaluation.

“NCIMI is a launchpad to improve the healthcare industry through the use of AI and generate new insights which will benefit everyone.”

“We collaborate to support the full pipeline of AI development – testing, training, validation and deployment. Our partners share an ethos that improvement in patient care through AI needs to be equitable, ethical and fair.”

Mark Beggs, NCIMI COO

Our history

Funded by Innovate UK in 2019 through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s drive to support the UK’s AI sector, our knowledge and findings are shared through our national, cloud-connected network of hospitals supporting AI research and data sharing for innovative projects with the NHS, academia and industry.

We are one of a network of 5 “Centres of Excellence” across the UK including:
London Medical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value-Based Healthcare
Northern Pathology Imaging Collaborative (NPIC)

Our process

We can support single-site studies to explore areas of unmet need where imaging and AI may have novel applications

AI and cardio CT scans.

AI & Cardio CT Scans

AI lymphoma.

AI & Lymphoma

Automated Screening Tool for Spinal Cancer in MRI

Automated Screening Tool for Spinal Cancer in MRI

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