August 26th: Blogging as an educational tool

Chun et al found that “MRI-related blogs provide a credible and accessible forum for the sharing and discussion of knowledge, experiences, and ideas”. What are the advantages of blogging – both writing them and reading them? Come and learn about using blogging for continuing professional development and how to get started if you’re interested in trying it as a way of sharing your opinions, ideas and research.

Chun H, Skinner S M, Rosewall T. The Educational Utility of Blogging for MRI Technologists. JMIRS. 50 (1); 129 – 135. 2019.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (26th) , Edmonton 2pm (26th), Toronto 4pm (26th), London 9pm (26th), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (27th), Auckland 8am (27th)

MRS Blogs to follow:

MedRadJClub (of course!)

Janice St-John Matthews

Maryann Hardy

Holly Chun

July 23rd: COVID self-care check in

We’re all tired! Join us on July 23rd for some TLC as we talk about the C word and what we can do to take care of ourselves, and each other.

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To be human in a pandemic. Sarah Noll Wilson

N Greenberg, M Docherty, S Gnanapragasam & S Wessely. Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic. BMJ (2020):368

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to put healthcare professionals across the world in an unprecedented situation, having to make impossible decisions and work under extreme pressures. These decisions may include how to allocate scant resources to equally needy patients, how to balance their own physical and mental healthcare needs with those of patients, how to align their desire and duty to patients with those to family and friends, and how to provide care for all severely unwell patients with constrained or inadequate resources. This may cause some to experience moral injury or mental health problems.


1. How have you been managing emotionally and mentally throughout the pandemic? (GIFs welcome)

2. What have you found helpful in dealing with the stress and uncertainty of the last few months? What practical advice do you have for adapting to our changed working environments? (e.g. tips for PPE, working from home, Zoom etc)

3. The paper discuss the concept of moral injury “the psychological distress that results from actions, or lack of, which violate someone’s moral or ethical code.” Does this resonate with you? If so, how?

4. Let’s end on a lighter note – what are some of the unexpected positives of COVID-19?


Related reading & resources:

Society of Radiographers Mental health and well-being support resources

Rethink Mental Illness Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Times: Vancouver 1pm (23rd) , Edmonton 2pm (23rd), Toronto 4pm (23rd), London 9pm (23rd), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (24th), Auckland 8am (24th)

Missed the chat? Catch up on Wakelet here

June 23rd: The impact of image interpretation

Rowe S, O’Riodan P,  Woznitza N. Greater than the sum of the parts: Impact of radiographer clinical image interpretation. (2019) JMRS. 66 (3), 149-151

Abstract: Radiographer preliminary image evaluation, within strong governance and audit systems, can help reduce diagnostic errors in the emergency setting. Radiographers, clinicians and radiologists should work together as a team to improve patient care and outcomes.


T1. Does your department support Preliminary Image Evaluation (PIE) by radiographers?

T2: Are you aware of your obligations as described by regulatory bodies in relation to what is expected of you when you find an abnormality in an image/scan?

T3: Do you always flag and communicate findings to appropriate health professionals? If not, why not?

T4: How can your department do better?

Missed the chat? Catch up on Wakelet here. 

Additional reading:

Murphy, A Ekpo E, Steffens T, Neep M J.Radiographic image interpretation by Australian radiographers: a systematic review. (2019) JMRS. 66 (4): 269

June’s blog is by Andrew Murphy and is called “Adding value through preliminary image evaluation: If you see something, say something“.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (23rd) , Edmonton 2pm (23rd), Toronto 4pm (23rd), London 9pm (23rd), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (24th), Auckland 8am (24th)

May 20th: Understanding student attrition

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This month’s paper focuses on student attrition, the authors discovered a diagnostic student radiographer attrition rate of 19%, significantly higher than the average for UK higher education. Although reasons for drop out are multifactorial, several recommendations are made by McAnulla et al to potentially reduce attrition.

McAnulla S J, Ball S E, McKnapp K M. Understanding student radiographer attrition: Risk factors and strategies Radiography. In press.


T1: Did/does your experience as a student resonate with the issues explored in the paper?

T2: Poor academic performance may be “the greatest single predictor of attrition”. What can be done to support and improve students with coursework?

T3: A positive clinical placement experience is vital for student retention. What factors do you think underpin this?

T4: Student attrition is a broad and persistent issue across the medical radiation sciences professions. What investigations and areas of focus would you suggest to researchers, professional bodies, and policy makers to make a difference?

Take a look at this month’s blog by radiotherapy educators, Jo McNamara and Zoe Grant.

Missed the chat? Catch up with Wakelet.

Additional reading:

Nightingale J, McNamara J, Posnett J. Challenges in recruitment and retention: Securing the therapeutic radiography workforce of the future. Sheffield Hallam University

Times: Vancouver 1pm (20th) , Edmonton 2pm (20th), Toronto 4pm (20th), London 9pm (20th), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (21st), Auckland 8am (21st)


April 23rd: Role hybridization

In diagnostic imaging, the term ‘‘hybrid imaging’’ describes the fusing of more than one diagnostic imaging tool (e.g. SPECT/CT) to simultaneously provide both anatomic and functional information (Griffiths, 2015).  In recent years this has expanded to include therapeutic equipment such as linear accelerators being fused with MRI technology to provide simultaneous treatment and imaging.  Combining different types of equipment brings many advantages, but also some questions and uncertainties.


T1. What does role hybridisation mean in radiography, does it differ from role extension? What are some examples?

T2. What are the advantages and challenges of cross-disciplinary working?

T3. How do we support and promote role hybridisation from an individual, regulatory and professional association perspective?

T4. What about education for cross-disciplinary skills in the undergraduate and postgraduate environment?

Missed the chat? Wakelet to the rescue.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (23rd) , Edmonton 2pm (23rd), Toronto 4pm (23rd), London 9pm (23rd), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (24th), Auckland 8am (24th)

Our paper this month is: Eccles C, Campbell M. Keeping Up with the Hybrid Magnetic Resonance Linear Accelerators: How Do Radiation Therapists Stay Current in the Era of Hybrid Technologies? JMIRS, 2019. 50 (2), 195-198

Blog: Check out this month’s blog by diagnostic radiographer Lisa McDaid to read about role hybridisation at the Christie 

Additional reading: Griffiths, M. Creating the hybrid workforce: challenges and opportunitiesJ Med Imaging Radiat Sci201546262–270