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Dr Madeleine Sampson

Dr Sampson is a consultant radiologist who specialises in musculoskeletal (muscle and bone) radiology.


Training and education

  • University of Leicester medical school - 1977 to 82
  • Junior medical posts at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Derby City Hospital, 1982 to 85
  • Registrar in radiology - Sheffield Teaching Hospitals' training scheme, 1985 to 88
  • Senior registrar in radiology at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow and at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, 1988 to 92


Dr Sampson has worked for University Hospital Southampton since December 1994.

During her time at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr Sampson developed an interest in musculoskeletal radiology. After nearly three years as a consultant in general radiology at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, she moved to Southampton to concentrate on bone and joint disorders.

Since joining University Hospital Southampton, Dr Sampson has built up musculoskeletal radiology as a specialist area in the Trust. From a baseline of basic plain film and some MR imaging, she now leads a team of consultant, fellowship level and junior medical staff and paramedicals in delivering a high quality specialist service both within the Trust and for tertiary referrals around the region, including primary care. Dr Sampson has developed a spinal intervention service from scratch, and now attracts referrals for interventional disc procedures in the cervical and lumbar spine, diagnostic and therapeutic nerve root blocks, biopsies, and spinal cyst aspiration.

Dr Sampson has been involved in the development of trauma imaging since 1994 and devised the UK's first whole body CT protocol for polytrauma. She has published and lectured widely on the subject. Dr Sampson has run Royal College trauma study days, sat on the trauma imaging committee of the Royal College of Radiologists, and was a member of the pivotal Department of Health trauma clinical advisory group which reported in 2009. She now is both member and co-opted specialist advisor to the NICE guidelines development groups on major trauma, spinal injury and complex fractures.

Key achievements

  • Devising and implementing the first UK whole body CT polytrauma imaging protocol, which Dr Sampson has audited extensively since 1997, published nationally and spoken on at many regional and national meetings.
  • Consistently low complication rates for discography, with infection in three out of more than 1800 discs compared with published incidence of 1.5%.

Awards and prizes

  • Regional sixth form prize award for academic merit, 1977
  • Student elective prize (Riker), 1981
  • Ronald Grainger Prize for Best Meeting Presentation, 1987
  • British Institute of Radiology Regional Presentation Award, 1998
  • Royal College of Radiologists Annual Audit Poster Prize, 2005.


  • Computed tomography whole body imaging in multi-trauma: 7 years experience’.Sampson, M.A., Colquhoun, K.B.M. and Hennessy, N..M., 2005.Clinical Radiology (2006), 61, 365 – 369.
  • Case control study of low back pain presenting for MRI with special relation to whole body vibration: Palmer, Harris, Griffin, Bennett, Reading, Sampson, Coggon:Journal of Work Environment and Health August 2008.