Research for the School of Radiology
We aim to align our research activity to the key priorities for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy nationally
Welcome to the Research Hub for the School of Radiology
As a relatively new School we are in the process of expanding our research profile following years of experience in postgraduate research in the School of Medical Ultrasound. We aim to align our research activity to the key priorities for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy nationally:
- Delivering technical innovation through enhancing image quality and dose optimisation in digital radiography using dose reference levels and artificial intelligence
- Enhancing patient and public experience through a better understanding of patients’ perceptions and priorities for the clinical service provided by radiographers within clinical imaging and radiotherapy, with a particular focus on outcomes and survivorship
And in education and training, the emphasis is twofold:
- By evolving our approaches to curriculum design supported by simulation-based education and assessment (SBEA) we can meet the challenges of new technologies and techniques by promoting a research culture and infrastructure from undergraduate level to Consultant level practice.
Read more from our latest research below
Risk of stochastic effects and radiation doses optimisation
Contribution of radiation doses from medical X-ray examination to collective dose is significant. The aim of the study was to assess radiation doses in common digital radiographic examinations and estimate effective doses. Entrance surface air kerma (ESAK) was calculated in chest PA, cervical AP/Lat, abdomen AP, lumbar AP/Lat and pelvis AP. The results reinforce the need for radiation protection optimization, improving examination techniques and appropriate use of automatic exposure control in digital radiography.
Kerma area product monitoring and establishing DRLs
The application of the kerma-area product (PKA) meter is increased rapidly in dosimetry. This study presents measurements of PKA in adherence to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Local DRLs were suggested (in India) and compared. The PKA results were lower than the UK, and two studies in Greece by Metaxas et al. except for chest PA, cervical spine AP and lumbar spine LAT, showed the need for further optimization.
Becoming Virtually Real
Andrew Wiliams & Shelley Blane
Read an educational note from Andrew Williams and Shelley Blane outlining early experiences of using VERT for assessment at AECC University College. “Becoming virtually real: using the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT™) platform for the summative assessment of performance in a palliative radiotherapy treatment technique” was published in the Journal of radiotherapy in Practice on Thursday 3rd March 2022.
Evaluation of a studio approach to learning to lead in clinical practice
Andrew Williams & Farrah Elsaghir
This 3-year longitudinal study will determine how different learning and teaching approaches may contribute to the understanding and application of the NHS Clinical Leadership Framework within an undergraduate, pre-registration education programme in Radiography.
Currently midway through its second year, the project has been designed to evaluate the impact of a scenario-based peer to peer learning model (known as a studio approach) with the aim of informing the development of flexible physical and digital learning resources.