Alliance Medical provides medical imaging services to more than 400,000 patients in the UK each year, employing 850 people in a UK network of 50 centres and approximately 40 mobile scanners. We also operate across Europe in Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

By uniting technical excellence and exceptional service in a business model that delivers outstanding value for money, we have enjoyed consistent growth for more than 25 years. We work collaboratively with clinicians, health care organisations and academic institutions to provide high quality and cost effective imaging for our customers and better services for our patients.

Alliance Medical are committed to collaborating with the NHS across primary, secondary, community and specialist care. We operate flexible, innovative models that places patients, clinicians and Trusts at the heart of what we do. We have a proven track record of service delivery across both the publically and privately funded healthcare markets in the UK and Europe with an emphasis on the quality and sustainability of services we provide.

The story of our growth

Foundation and expansion

Alliance Medical was founded in 1989 to provide medical imaging services in the UK. We set up our first independent static MRI unit in 1994 and in 2004 we opened our first UK diagnostic centre and won our first major NHS contract.

Success at home encouraged our ambition to expand into Europe. Through joint ventures and acquisitions, we established our presence in Italy and Spain by 2004, followed by the Netherlands in 2005 and Germany in 2006. We now also operate in Ireland and Poland.

Dubai International Capital acquired Alliance Medical in 2007, making us the largest independent radiology services company in the world by market capitalisation. 

Service excellence, innovation and technology

Alliance Medical's business success is founded on service excellence. Our customers rely on us to deliver high quality medical imaging services and staff, whenever and wherever they need them.

We have become the market leader in imaging by focusing on continuous innovation, offering the most up-to-date services and technologies, so we can always reliably meet and serve even the most complex diagnostic needs.

We embraced the digital age early and continue to use the best new communications technologies to give more patients access to the best medical outcomes, provide our services more flexibly and efficiently, and to keep our costs clear and low for our customers.

Strategic portfolio developments

As technologies develop, we search for new services we can add to our portfolio to extend the range of imaging services we offer our customers.

In 2013, we made a strategic move into radiopharmaceuticals, creating an organisation that provides the only integrated molecular imaging service in the UK. Radiopharmaceuticals are used as tracers to allow specialist imaging for many parts of the body, including the brain, skeleton, lungs, liver, kidneys and blood.

They need specialist licensing and storage therefore patient and staff safety depends on professional handling techniques. Our NHS and independent hospital customers look to us to provide them with a safe and reliable service with expert staff. We now have four radiopharmaceutical production facilities distributed across the UK supplying a wide range of different isotopes for a variety of imaging services.

Looking to the future

We are still growing. In 2013 we introduced six more MRI scanning sites and scanners into our independent hospital network, secured new NHS sites and developed our mobile service to meet customers’ changing needs.

In late 2014, Alliance Medical made a collaborative bid with partners to provide scanning services for the NHS throughout the UK. For the next ten years Alliance Medical will be responsible for more than 50 per cent of all NHS PET-CT scans.

As part of the contract, Alliance Medical will invest over £80 million to improve the current infrastructure and increase the number of sites at which PET-CT services are delivered.

The success of our approach creates a new model for collaboration between the independent sector, NHS providers and other external parties. With our on-going focus on innovation and improvement in technology, systems and services, we can look forward to continuing growth that will benefit patients and providers alike.

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Corporate governance and quality assured service excellence

Alliance Medical are Europe’s leading independent provider of medical imaging services. 

We combine service excellence and innovative imaging technologies to improve patient care and support NHS and independent sector organisations with their ongoing imaging requirements. Our approach has delivered consistent company growth for more than 25 years.


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Carrying out over 2 million scans per year, we set our standards high when it comes to our people and their careers. Investment in integrated systems and individual expertise allows the development of services and long term partnerships to be forged which has seen us grow to be the imaging healthcare provider of choice for patients, referrers and employees.
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Alliance Medical is Europe’s leading diagnostic and molecular imaging services provider delivering high quality diagnostic solutions in partnership with public organisations.  

We form an effective part of the health economy in each of the countries in which we operate and see our role as supporting the existing healthcare infrastructure, providing innovative partnership solutions to address local challenges in a way that builds on the strengths of existing core services.

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