Owen Arthurs

Dr Owen Arthurs is an Academic Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), appointed in 2013, and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist. 

“I am interested in improving our understanding of clinical imaging techniques to best serve our paediatric population. My research looks at ways of using imaging as part of the post mortem process for children, particularly as we have a lot of experience here at the GOSH / ICH BRC. I am committed to providing an excellent imaging service to our children and to paediatric radiology teaching and training in general."

Owen Arthurs


Dr Arthurs performs all paediatric body imaging including radiographs, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and CT, with a particular interest in body MRI. His research interests are in paediatric post mortem and non-accidental imaging. He is an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London through the Institute of Child Health.


BA, MA (Cantab), MB BChir, MRCPCH, FRCR, PhD

Dr Arthurs trained in Medicine at the University of Cambridge, and was awarded a PhD for his research dissertation on neurovascular coupling in 2002. He then trained in Paediatrics in the East Anglia region before becoming one of the first Academic Clinical Fellows in Radiology in the UK in Cambridge. In 2009 he undertook a two year jointly funded MRC/RCR clinical research training fellowship (CRTF) in Cambridge, developing new paediatric fluoroscopic MR imaging techniques, which won international prizes at ESPR and RSNA. He was awarded a Clinical Lectureship in Cambridge, and then a three month ESOR/ESPR paediatric radiology fellowship to the Hôpital Robert Debré in Paris, completing his sub-specialty training with a 15 month Paediatric Radiology fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

He was appointed as a Consultant in 2013, at the same time as being awarded a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship to develop perinatal and paediatric post mortem imaging. He is the only Paediatric Radiologist in the UK to hold such an award.

He sits on the ESPR Research committee, is chair of the ESPR Post Mortem task force, and chair of the Paediatric Working Group of the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging. He is the 2016 Royal College of Radiologists Roentgen Professor.

Research Interests

Dr Arthurs has co-authored over 35 peer reviewed papers including several review articles and book chapters, 50 conference abstracts, 10 invited lectures, and won several awards in national/international competition. He is a regular reviewer for neuro-imaging and radiology journals, in particular for European Radiology, Paediatric Radiology, and the British Journal of Radiology.

Recent publications

Less invasive investigation of perinatal death.
Arthurs OJ, Bevan C, Sebire NJ.
BMJ. 2015 Jul 8;351:h3598. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h3598.

Ventilated postmortem computed tomography in children: feasibility and initial experience.
Arthurs OJ, Guy A, Kiho L, Sebire NJ.
Int J Legal Med. 2015 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Normal perinatal and paediatric postmortem magnetic resonance imaging appearances.
Arthurs OJ, Barber JL, Taylor AM, Sebire NJ.
Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr;45(4):527-35.

Indications, advantages and limitations of perinatal postmortem imaging in clinical practice.
Arthurs OJ, Taylor AM, Sebire NJ.
Pediatr Radiol. 2015 Apr;45(4):491-500.

Diagnostic accuracy and limitations of post-mortem MRI for neurological abnormalities in fetuses and children.
Arthurs OJ, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Autopsy Study (MaRIAS) Collaborative Group.
Clin Radiol. 2015 Aug;70(8):872-80. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2015.04.008.


Please contact Dr Owen Arthurs through the hospital switchboard 020 7405 9200 (ext 5548)