Dr Arnab Rana

Dr Arnab Rana
Dr Arnab Rana
Dr Arnab Rana

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

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

Email Address
Office Address

Radiology Department

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Aberdeen AB12 3RT


School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

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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  • Efficacy of unblinded facet joint anaesthesia for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures

    Rana, A., Annesley-Williams, D. J., Southam, A.
    Contributions to Conferences: Papers
  • Predicting contrast-induced nephropathy: creatinine versus estimated glomerular filtration rate

    Rana, A., Bebb, C., Lloyd, J. E.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Coil embolization of ruptured middle cerebral artery aneurysms in the first 2 months of life

    Rana, A. K., Koumellis, P., Jaspan, T., Cartmill, M., Mcconachie, N. S.
    Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 232-235
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements may be more reliable and reproducible than lesion volume on diffusion-weighted images from patients with acute ischaemic stroke--implications for study design

    Rana, A. K., Wardlaw, J. M., Armitage, P. A., Bastin, M. E.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 617-624
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Is diffusion imaging appearance an independent predictor of outcome after ischemic stroke?

    Wardlaw, J., Keir, S., Bastin, M., Armitage, P., Rana, A. K.
    Neurology, vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 1381-1387
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • An Investigation into the Clincal Usefulness of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging in Stroke

    Keir, S. L., Wardlaw, J. M., Bastin, M. E., Armitage, P. A., Rana, A.
    Proceedings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 1444
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Can we agree on measurements from diffusion brain scans?

    Rana, A. K., Armitage, P., Wardlaw, J., ME, B.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Relationship between stroke severity and the ADC of water: implications for the use of DWI in research and clinical practice

    Wardlaw, J., Keir, S., Bastin, M., Armitage, P., Rana, A. K.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Evidence for differences in the time course of apparent diffusion coefficient changes in grey and white matter in human ischaemic stroke

    Bastin, M. E., Rana, A., Wardlaw, J. M., Armitage, P. A., Marshall, I., Keir, S.
    9th European Stroke Conference, pp. 25
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • A study of the apparent diffusion coefficient of grey and white matter in human ischaemic stroke

    Bastin, M. E., Rana, A. K., Wardlaw, J. M., Armitage, P. A., Keir, S. L.
    Neuroreport, vol. 11, no. 13, pp. 2867-2874
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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