Dr Arnab Rana

Dr Arnab Rana
Dr Arnab Rana

Dr Arnab Rana

BSc (Hons) (Med Sci), MBChB, FRCR, FRCP

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer


Radiology Department

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Aberdeen AB12 3RT



Research Overview

Current interests

  • Fast Field Cycling MRI
  • Brain tumours
  • Stroke

Previous interests

  • Aneurysms
  • Diffusion weighted imaging
  • Dementia
  • Vertebroplasty

Research summary, skills gained, statistical and software expertise


Fast field cycling MRI in brain lesions


Principal Investigator (PI). Regulatory liaison - ethics, IRAS and University Sponsorship achieved. Research protocol, GP letter, patient information sheet and invitation letter written. Patient recruitment/consent. Follow up. Maintenance of confidential and anonymised spreadsheets. Training non-medical staff about brain images and highlighting abnormal areas to physicist. MS SharePoint for document collaboration.




Named radiologist for DASH, DexEnceph, TWIST, TRIMETHS


Named contact for these trials between NHS Radiology and Research.




Meningioma - systematic review of recurrence rates


Medical student supervision




Glioblastoma multiforme non-tumour presentations


Radiology registrar project supervision.




Hippocampal volume and cognitive ageing


Study design. R statistical software. Basic and advanced statistics including principal components analysis and receiver-operator characteristics. Risk plot creation. Administration in R including use of add-on packages. Checking of data and appreciation of data set limitations. Research team group dynamics.




Hyperdense middle cerebral artery in acute stroke


Manual measurements in Carestream PACS. Spreadsheet creation.




Likelihood of aneurysms in patients who are unenhanced CT negative, LP xanthochromia positive and CTA negative


Co-ordinating biochemistry and neuroradiology. Lyx/LaTeX/BibTeX for manuscript creation.




Symptom relief from facet joint blocks pre-vertebroplasty


Ploticus software for producing beehive plot. MS Excel for spreadsheets. MS PowerPoint for poster.




Predicting contrast-induced nephropathy from creatinine vs eGFR


Receiver Operator Characteristics using Rockit software




Pathophysiology and embolization of cerebral aneurysms in neonates – literature review and case series


First author paper publication.




Diffusion weighted imaging in acute stroke


Manual measurement of regions of interest, anatomical identification of contralateral (control) regions of interest, correlation coefficients. Multiple published papers, posters and abstracts. Unix, Analyze, Excel, SPSS.



Dyslexia, brain morphology and a hypothesis – Neuroscience BSc thesis


Library research, OVID paper searching, reading abstracts, critical appraisal, manuscript preparation, referencing, hypothesis generation. MS Word document editing with cross-references, automatic numbered citations, proper use of heading styles.


Current Research

I am PI for Fast Field Cycling MRI in Brain Lesions.

I am the Named Radiologist for DASH, DexEnceph, TWIST and TRIMETHS studies.


Teaching Responsibilities

MBChB year 2 lecturing on

  • Neurovascular anatomy, cerebral aneurysms and basic stroke syndromes [3D lecture]
  • Ventricles, hemispheres, venous sinuses and skull base [3D lecture]
  • Neuroradiology

Postgraduate Neurosurgical tutor for

  • Aberdeen FRCS(Neuro Surg) viva course
  • Aberdeen White Matter Dissection Course

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  • Three cases of vomiting-associated cervical artery dissection

    Clarke, R., Bagchi, A., Rana, A., Tyagi, V., Reid, J. M.
    Journal of Radiology and Medical Imaging, vol. 1, 1004
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A comparison of measurement methods of hippocampal atrophy rate for predicting Alzheimer's dementia in the Aberdeen Birth Cohort of 1936

    Rana, A. K., Sandu, A., Robertson, K. L., McNeil, C. J., Whalley, L. J., Staff, R. T., Murray, A. D.
    Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, vol. 6, pp. 31-39
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Disappearance of the hyperdense MCA sign after stroke thrombolysis: implications for prognosis and early patient selection for clot retrieval

    Elofuke, P., Reid, J. M., Rana, A., Macleod, M.
    Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 81-86
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Re: Benign and malignant disease of the clivus. A reply

    Neelakantan, A., Rana, A.
    Clinical Radiology, vol. 70, no. 5, pp. 566-566
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • A longitudinal study of cognitive and hippocampal ageing in late life

    Sandu-Giuraniuc, A., Rana, A., Robertson, K. L., Ahearn, T., McNeil, C. J., Staff, R., Murray, A. D.
    British Neuroscience Association, 2015 Festival of Neuroscience
    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts
  • Thrombolysis in a patient with capsular warning syndrome and incidental pineal tumor

    Bain, L., Rana, A., Bhatt, P., Clarke, R., Reid, J. M.
    Austin Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease & Stroke, vol. 2, no. 1, 10322
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Benign and malignant diseases of the clivus

    Neelakantan, A., Rana, A.
    Clinical Radiology, vol. 69, no. 12, pp. 1295-1303
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • CT-negative, lumbar puncture-positive and CTA-negative patients have a low risk of aneurysms

    Rana, A. K., Turner, H. E., Deans, K. A.
    Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, vol. 85, no. 8
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Normal basal ganglia signal from 3T and 1.5T MRI scanners in different age groups

    Narayanan, L., Rana, A.
    37th European Society of Neuroradiology Annual Meeting, pp. S112-S113
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Likelihood of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage in patients with normal unenhanced CT, CSF xanthochromia on spectrophotometry and negative CT angiography

    Rana, A. K., Turner, H. E., Deans, K. A.
    Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 200-206
    Contributions to Journals: Articles


Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals