Tom Bourne is adjunct professor and research team leader at Imperial College, London, consultant gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital and a visiting professor at KU Leuven Belgium. He is an internationally renowned authority on the clinical use of ultrasound in gynaecology, emergency gynaecology and in the management of problems in early pregnancy. Professor Bourne has edited six books, published over 300 papers and spoken at numerous international meetings. He has an h-index of 59. He is board member of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and steers several international trials. He sat on the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound panel developing guidelines for diagnosing miscarriage in the USA (2012), and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) guidelines panel for diagnosing ovarian cancer (2014). In 2014 he was awarded an honorary fellowship of the AIUM. His expertise lies in using ultrasound to make a clear diagnosis, whilst being able to reassure people they have nothing seriously wrong if nothing is seen. If a problem is found he works closely with other specialist gynaecologists so that should surgery be required, it is carried out by the appropriate sub-specialist in order to ensure the best outcome.


Gynaecological ultrasonography, early pregnancy complications including miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, ovarian cysts, diagnosing gynaecological malignancy, emergency gynaecology

Research & publications

Early pregnancy diagnostics, psychological impact of early pregnancy problems, miscarriage, PUL and ectopic pregnancy, diagnosing the nature of ovarian cysts and ovarian cancer, the use of ultrasound in gynaecology, novel biomarkers in early pregnancy and ovarian cancer

Preisler J, Kopeika J, Ismail L, et al., 2015, Defining safe criteria to diagnose miscarriage: prospective observational multicentre study, British Medical Journal, Vol:351, ISSN:1756-1833

Kaijser J, Sayasneh A, Van Hoorde K, et al., 2014, Presurgical diagnosis of adnexal tumours using mathematical models and scoring systems: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Human Reproduction Update, Vol:20, ISSN:1355-4786, Pages:449-462

Kirk E, Bottomley C, Bourne T, 2014, Diagnosing ectopic pregnancy and current concepts in the management of pregnancy of unknown location, Human Reproduction Update, Vol:20, ISSN:1355-4786, Pages:250-261

Doubilet PM, Benson CB, Bourne T, et al., 2013, Diagnostic Criteria for Nonviable Pregnancy Early in the First Trimester,New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:369, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:1443-1451

Naji O, Wynants L, Smith A, et al., 2013, Predicting successful vaginal birth after Cesarean section using a model based on Cesarean scar features examined by transvaginal sonography, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:41, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:672-678

Van Calster B, Abdallah Y, Guha S, et al., 2013, Rationalizing the management of pregnancies of unknown location: temporal and external validation of a risk prediction model on 1962 pregnancies, Human Reproduction, Vol:28, ISSN:0268-1161, Pages:609-616

Ameye L, Timmerman D, Valentin L, et al., 2012, Clinically oriented three-step strategy for assessment of adnexal pathology, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:40, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:582-591

Van Holsbeke C, Van Calster B, Bourne T, et al., 2012, External Validation of Diagnostic Models to Estimate the Risk of Malignancy in Adnexal Masses, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol:18, ISSN:1078-0432, Pages:815-825

Abdallah Y, Daemen A, Kirk E, et al., 2011, Limitations of current definitions of miscarriage using mean gestational sac diameter and crown-rump length measurements: a multicenter observational study, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:38, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:497-502

Pexsters A, Daemen A, Bottomley C, et al., 2010, New crown-rump length curve based on over 3500 pregnancies,Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:35, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:650-655

Timmerman D, Van Calster B, Testa AC, et al., 2010, Ovarian cancer prediction in adnexal masses using ultrasound-based logistic regression models: a temporal and external validation study by the IOTA group, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:36, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:226-234

Timmerman D, Ameye L, Fischerova D, et al., 2010, Simple ultrasound rules to distinguish between benign and malignant adnexal masses before surgery: prospective validation by IOTA group, British Medical Journal, Vol:341, ISSN:0959-535X

Bottomley C, Bourne T, 2009, Diagnosis and management of ovarian cyst accidents, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol:23, ISSN:1521-6934, Pages:711-724

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