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Dr Diana Penha

Date: 16 June 2017 09:56


Personal Assistant 

Jacqueline Monaghan

Email: Jacqueline.Monaghan@lhch.nhs.uk

Tel: 0151 600 1259


Responsibilities at LHCH         

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Imaging and Intervention


Area of Practice       

Cardiac and Chest Imaging (US/CT/MR)

General and Chest Intervention

Integrated oncological Imaging

Artificial Intelligence software and hybrid technology/robots


Special Clinical Interests

Lung cancer

General cardiovascular disease

Pulmonary vascular disease and minimal invasive treatments

Chest MRI

Chest intervention and thermal ablation

Chest US / Contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS)

Artificial Intelligence software and hybrid technology and robots

3D printing and Augmented reality


Training , Education and Publications

Dr. Diana Penha is a Consultant Radiologist with first degree in Medicine and master degree in 2008 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Nova University of Lisbon.

In 2011 Dr. Penha integrated the Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology team of the Professor Dr. Fernando Fonseca Hospital in Lisbon, where she obtained the specialism training in Clinical Radiology.

Dr. Penha successfully completed a post-graduation course in Clinical Oncology in Lisbon, in 2012 and a post-graduation in medical leadership and management in 2014, by the Portuguese Catholic University also in Lisbon.

From 2013 to 2017 Dr. Penha obtained sub-specialty training in Cardiothoracic Radiology and Intervention in several renowned centers such as:


  • Scholarship in Interventional Radiology

(Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK, 2013)


  • Scholarship Oncological CT / PET-CT

(Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK, 2013)


  • Fellowship in MRI

(Hôpital Erasme, Brussels, Belgium, 2013)


  • Fellowship in Thoracic Radiology

(Hospital de la Santa Creu, Barcelona, Spain, 2015)


  • Scholarship General Interventional Radiology

(Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln, UK, 2015)


  • Clinical Fellowship Cardiothoracic Radiology -

(Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Liverpool, UK, 2015 to 2016)


  • Scholarship in Thoracic Radiology (Dual-Energy CT, cardiac CT/MRI)

(Hôpital Calmette et Coeur, Lille, France, Nov 2016 a Fev 2017)


Aside from the clinical and radiological specialization, Dr. Penha keeps active participation in national and international congresses and since 2011 to 2017 she authored 53 scientific communications in international congresses. Continuously developed scientific work, authoring 25 scientific publications, several of them in indexed peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Penha is also a reviewer for the Acta Medica and British Journal of Radiology both peer-reviewed recognized journals.

For her work developed in the field of cardio-thoracic and interventional radiology, Dr. Penha obtained three international awards of merit the two most important in 2014 by the Radiology Society North America (RSNA) and in 2015 by the European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI).


International Merit Awards:

Multidisciplinary Evaluation in Oncology – Clinical Role of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound

Diana Penha, Marta Sousa, Ana Faria, Erique Guedes Pinto, Ana Costa

VI Congress of the Training Board – “Medical Innovation” – Lisbon 2013


Lung Biopsies’ Complications: They will happen, learn to deal with them

Diana Penha, Erique Guedes Pinto, Élia Coimbra, Ana Costa

European Society of Thoracic Imaging, Amesterdam, 2014


Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound: An Emphasis on Technical Pearls and Tips

Diana Penha, Erique Guedes Pinto, Ana Costa

Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, 2014


Most recent publications:


Tuberous sclerosis complex: imaging the pieces of the puzzle.

Penha D.

Radiol Bras. 2017 Jan-Feb;50(1):IX-X. doi: 10.1590/0100-3984.2017.50.1e3. No abstract available.



Scrotal Cystocele by Computed Tomography and Ultrasound.

Penha D, Guedes Pinto E, Costa A.

Acta Med Port. 2017 Jan 31;30(1):81. doi: 10.20344/amp.7513. Epub 2017 Jan 31. No abstract available.

PMID: 28501044


Hemorrhagic lung metastases

Penha D, Pinto EG, Costa A, Binukrishnan S, Marchiori E.

Medicina (B Aires). 2017;77(1):74. Spanish.



"Pulmonary Vein Sign" for Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis in Computed Tomography Angiography.

Souza LVS, Zanon M, Souza AS, Irion K, Penha D, Alves GRT, Marchiori E, Hochhegger B.

Lung. 2017 Dec;195(6):769-774. doi: 10.1007/s00408-017-0057-7. Epub 2017 Oct 14.

PMID: 29032479


The Role of Computed Tomography in the Diagnosis of Relapsing Polychondritis.

Marchiori E, Penha D, Zanetti G.

Arch Bronconeumol. 2017 Nov;53(11):654. doi: 10.1016/j.arbres.2017.04.014. Epub 2017 May 27. English, Spanish. No abstract available.

PMID: 28558922


Lung Nodule Volumetry: Analysis of the Measurement Variation: Track: Prevention, Early Detection, Epidemiology and Tobacco Control

Penha D, Neto WE, Irion K, Monaghan C, Hochhegger B, Pinto EG, Marchiori E.

J Thorac Oncol. 2016 Oct;11(10S):S183-S184. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2016.08.028. No abstract available.



Foreign body in the bronchus of a child: the importance of making the correct diagnosis.

Barbosa AG, Penha D, Zanetti G, Marchiori E.

Radiol Bras. 2016 Sep-Oct;49(5):340-342.



Mesothelial Cyst of the pulmonary ligament: An uncommon lesion

Penha D, Pinto EG, Marchiori E, Costa A, Neto WE, Irion KL.

Rev Port Pneumol. 2017 Jan - Feb;23(1):49-51.

doi: 10.1016/j.rppnen.2016.10.003.

PMID: 27956031


High resolution computed tomography of the chest in the evaluation of patients with Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome

Aline A Dal Sasso, MD; Gláucia Zanetti, MD, PhD.; Carolina A Souza, MD, PhD.; Dante L Escuissato, MD, PhD.; Klaus L Irion, MD, PhD.; Marcos D Guimarães, MD, PhD.; Arthur S Souza Jr, MD, PhD.; Diana Penha, MD; Edson Marchiori, MD, PhD

Rev Port Pneumol. 2017 Jan - Feb


“Ladies don’t Cough”: Lady Windermere Syndrome

Diana Penha, Tomás Franquet, Edson Marchiori, Klaus Irion; Erique Pinto, Ana Costa, Ana Gimenez, Alberto Hidalgo

URL: http://www.eurorad.org/case.php?id=13418


Congenital Pericardial Defect

Diana Penha, Bhairavi Reddy, Erique Pinto, Ana Costa, Sukumaran Binukrishnan, Klaus Irion

URL: http://www.eurorad.org/case.php?id=13206


Research Interests

Lung cancer and chest intervention

Chest MRI


Artificial Intelligence software in cardiothoracic imaging

3D printing and Augmented reality


Current Membership of Professional Regional and National Bodies  

  • Member General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Member Portuguese General Medical Council (OM)
  • Member Portuguese College of Radiology
  • Member Portuguese Society of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (SPRMN)
  • Member Board of the National Medical Union (SIM)
  • Member British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Member British Institute of Radiology (BIR)
  • Member European Society of Radiology (ECR)
  • Member Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
  • Member European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI)
  • Member Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR)
  • Member Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE)


Languages Spoken   

Portuguese, English, Spanish and French


About me

I am passionate for what I do, performing it in a methodical and motivated fashion!

My rebel curiosity and passion lead me to medicine and the multiplicity of interests and thirst for challenges, lead me to choose the corner stone of diagnostic medicine – Cardiothoracic Radiology and Intervention !

 This is the specialty with the most innovative therapeutic techniques and advanced technology, in a time of daunting scientific and technical achievements in the most innovative medical specialism.

But most of all I’m committed to my patients and to provide the best quality care integrating investigative and clinical skills with my experience in health management and leadership, research and innovation. 

In my day job, I may be dissecting a pixel matrix of 256 x 256 shades of gray in CT or MR, but my mind races with all the colours of an interconnected web bringing together a better cardiothoracic diagnosis, research and interventional procedures.