The collection consists of the following series:
Biographical and Personal (PBW/1)
Research Papers (PBW/3)
University of Nottingham – Teaching (PBW/4)
University of Nottingham – Grant Applications (PBW/5)
University of Nottingham – Administrative/Departmental (PBW/6)
Conferences and lectures (PBW/8)
Professional activities beyond the University of Nottingham (PBW/9)
Press cuttings and articles about the history of MRI and medicine (PBW/11)
Large format X-ray films, CT images and MRI images (PBW/14)
Audio-visual and audio material (PBW/15)
Worthington's research papers and publications together form the largest part of the collection. As a radiologist he was interested in all forms of medical imaging, so his papers relate to MRI, X-ray and CT (computed tomography) scanning, as well as to image perception in general. They include research notes, experimental results and photographs, copies of his own published papers, drafts of such papers, and papers on the clinical applications of MRI and imaging by other authors.
Other main areas of the collection include papers relating to conferences he attended (generally including meeting programmes and notes for any lectures or talks he delivered), papers relating to his membership of scientific societies, and departmental papers from his time at the University of Nottingham.
Also present are around 9,400 35 mm slides showing MRI, CT and X-ray images, early scanning equipment, and diagrams and graphs relating to imaging, together with around 500 large MRI, CT and X-ray films of the human body.