The Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced £3.4m in funding for an academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals in Wales.
The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed in Bridgend and will be purpose-designed to boost the number of clinical radiologists in Wales.
The new academy is expected to be ready in 2018, and will provide specialist training in partnership with other hospitals across South Wales. Consultant radiologists will provide seminars and supervision using state-of-the-art simulation training to help students interpret X-rays, CT and MR scans.
Once established it will extend to training radiographers, sonographers and other imaging professionals. The move is hoped to increase the number of people working in the field and improve patient services across Wales.
Radiologists in Wales say the academy will increase the capacity of training in the field.
The long term plan is for the academy to develop and become a hub for innovation and research and to play a role in the education and training of the wider imaging workforce in NHS Wales.