Dr Pieter Michiel Pretorius

  • MBChB (University of the Free State) MSc (OXON) FRCR
  • Neuroradiologist
  • Spoken languages English, Afrikaans


Special clinical interest in Diagnostic imaging of conditions of the Central Nervous System, Spine and Head & Neck region including ENT and Orbital conditions.

Pieter Pretorius is a Consultant Neuroradiologist who completed his specialist training in Oxford and now practices as a Diagnostic Neuroradiologist in both the NHS (Oxford University Hospitals) and Private Practice.

Pieter Pretorius qualified in medicine (MBChB – cum laude) from the University of the Free State in South Africa in 1993. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University where he completed an MSc in Radiology. He was a Specialist Registrar in Radiology in Oxford from 1998 – 2002 after which he was appointed to a 2 year Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. In 2005 he was appointed to his current post as Consultant Neuroradiologist in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His clinical role involves diagnostic Neuroradiology and Head & Neck Radiology, specifically the interpretation of MRI and CT scans of the brain, spine, skull base and head & neck in adults and children. He has particular interests in brain tumour imaging, skull base as well as imaging of patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2.


  • Diagnostic Neuroradiologgy, interpretation of MRI and CT scans of the brain, Spine and Head & Neck region

NHS Hospital / affiliated hospitals / current post(s)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant Neuroradiologist

Other clinical interests

  • Brain Tumours
  • Inflammatory, Infectious, Degenerative, Traumatic and Vascular conditions of the Central Nervous System and Spine.

Research interests / Publications & Affiliations

My research interests lie in the translation of advances in neuroimaging to clinical applications relevant to brain tumour imaging, traumatic brain injury and other areas within clinical Neuroradiology.

I collaborate with other imaging scientists in Oxford University’s Welcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging as well as clinical colleagues in Neurosurgery, Oncology, and Neuropathology to explore imaging approaches aimed at providing more accurate preoperative diagnosis of brain tumours and to provide clinically relevant prognostic and treatment response information in patients with brain tumours.

I am a member of the Glioma Neurosurgery Research Group within the Nuffield department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University.

I also collaborate with clinical colleagues in the Oxford Regional NF2 Service on research aimed at a better understanding of the phenotypes and natural history of the condition as well as improving imaging surveillance and treatment response assessment.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists

Awards Received

  • Rhodes Scholar