June 20th: MRS professionals and public health

What role should we play in public health promotion? One area where MRS professionals are often involved is smoking cessation, especially for radiation therapists. Our paper this month looks at this topic, but our chat will open up a wider discussion about the other areas of public health where all of us can make a difference.

Ganesh V,  Zaki P, Chan S, Turner A, Bristow B, Di Prospero L, Gibson L, DeAngelis C, Chow E. Adverse Health Outcomes Associated with Postdiagnosis Smoking in Prostate Cancer Patients: A Literature Review. JMIRS. 48 (1) p 103–110

Check out this month’s blog by Linda Hindle, Lead Allied Health Professional, Public Health England.

Chat themes:

  1. Are radiographers reluctant to engage with health prevention/public health issues? If so, why?
  2. Do you feel comfortable addressing health prevention/promotion (e.g. smoking, alcohol use, exercise) in your role?
  3. For smoking  cessation-  what is your experience? Are patients open to hearing about quitting options etc?
  4. Do radiographers have a role in preventative/public health/prevention?

Recommended readings:

UK Public Health and Radiography special interest group

Make Every Contact Count (UK initiative)

The delivery of health improvement information during radiotherapy treatment: A survey of UK therapy radiographers

Healthy Conversations and the Allied Health Professionals

A strategy to develop the capacity, impact and profie of allied health professionals in public health 2015-2018 (Public Health England)

Times: Vancouver 1pm (20th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (21st)/Wellington 8am

May 24th: 12 hour super chat!


May 24th was a 12 hour chat  on the perception of medical radiation dose by the public (and non-medical radiation professionals). Our May paper is Singh et al. A snapshot of patients’ awareness of radiation dose and risks associated with medical imaging examinations at an Australian radiology clinic. Radiography, 2017. 23(2) 94-102

Recommended reading:

Ukkola et al. Patient information regarding medical radiation exposure is inadequate: Patients’ experience in a university hospital. Radiography in press.

Coppolino et al. Quantifying Worry in the Face of Uncertainty: Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging. JMIRS in press.

Image Wisely

Start time: 3am Vancouver, 6am Toronto, 10am GMT, 8pm Sydney, 10pm Wellington

Last hour (moderated chat): 2pm Vancouver, 5pm Toronto, 9pm GMT, 7am Sydney, 9am Wellington


  1. This study concluded that most patients wanted to be informed about the risks from radiation exposure, under the guidance of the referring doctor, in a shared decision making environment. Do referrers, specifically GPs, have the (a) time or (b) the knowledge to provided this?
  2. What role should Medical Radiation Professionals have in providing information about the risk from radiation exposure for these procedures?
  3. Are Medical Radiation Professionals equipped with the information / tools necessary to provide this information?

Extended discussion points:

  1. Is the theory (LNT) behind the risk from radiation exposure contemporary? Are low radiation dose examinations safer than we have traditionally thought?
  2. Are some of the gaps in knowledge of patients in this area partially attributed to our profession’s poor visibility in the healthcare landscape?

Missed the chat? Never fear, the Storify is here.



April 19th: Staffing standards

Join us to talk staffing. The article is from the JMRS – Radiation therapy staffing model 2014 by Smith et al.

Have our (diagnostic and therapeutic) staffing standards kept up with the increase in professional responsibilites and advanced technology? Have your say on April 19th!

While you’re here, pop over to read this month’s blog by Clinical Educator Alison Giddings who reflects on Smith et al’s paper.

T1: The ASMIRT RT staffing model in this month’s article is a national one. What standards do you use currently in your department? Are they working?

T2: What should be included in a successful model?

T3: How can we better advocate for our health human resource needs? What needs to change?

Times: Vancouver 1pm (19th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (20th)/Wellington 8am

March 21st: Workplace bullying and harrassment

Nyhsen, C.M. et al. Bullying and harassment – Are junior doctors always the victims?Radiography , Volume 22 , Issue 4 , e264 – e268

Times: Vancouver 1pm (21st)/Toronto 4pm/UK 8pm/Sydney 7am (22nd)/Wellington 9am AND Vancouver 2pm (21st)/Toronto 5pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 8am (22nd)/Wellington 10am  ***2 hour “daylight saving time” special***

While you’re here – read our March blog on this subject by Sue Morgan, author of the Guardian article below.

Chat themes:

  1. How widespread do you think bullying is in healthcare?
  2. Do anti-bullying policies in your workplace have any effect?
  3. How can we promote mutual respect at work?

Recommended readings

Tran, M and Johnson, Jordan. Bullying Among Radiation Therapists: Effects on Job Performance and Work Environment. 2016. Radiologic Technology. 88(2)

Morgan, S. Radiography students in hospitals tell stories that make me want to weep. Guardian, 27. 07.16

Parikh J Harolds J and Bluth E. Workplace Bullying in Radiology and Radiation Oncology. 2017. Journal of the American College of Radiology. In press.

February 20th: Using Twitter for CPD

We rather self-referentially discussed the JMIRS article by Currie et al “Twitter Journal Club in Medical Radiation Science” in February. We  focused on why and how to use Twitter, and chats like #MedRadJClub for CPD. What are the advantages, and how do you evidence it?

While you’re here, take a look at February’s blog on this subject my #MedRadJClub’s Adam Westerink.

T1: What are the enablers and barriers to a traditional journal club?

T2: How do you learn when you engage in Twitter journal clubs/chats?

T3: Do you evidence your Twitter-based CPD? How?

T4: Has Twitter experience informed changed your practice?

Missed the chat? Catch the Storify here.


January 23rd: International collaboration

Happy New Year!

January’s article was Denham, Allen and Platt‘s “International collaboration in medical radiation science” from JMRS (June 2016).  This paper describes the current status of international collaboration in medical radiation science using content analysis of professional journals from the US, UK and Australia and compares this to other allied health occupations.

Read the accompanying blog by first author Gary Denham here.

T1: What are the benefits to collaborating in research – locally, nationally and internationally? Why should we bother?

T2: Denham et al looked at three MRS journals (UK, US, Australia). In a Twitter exchange last week Mark McEntee tweeted that sampling MRS journals only will miss >80% of MRS research (below is an example of his sources). Why do you think this is? How does it complicate studies like this one?


T3: How can we improve MRS collaboration? What roles do universities and our member associations play?

Missed the chat? Catch the Storify here.




December 12th: Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention

Have you always worried about the zombie apocalypse? Do you have a laminated copy of your zombie survival plan on the fridge?  Perhaps you are considering the investigating the undead as your research dissertation or thesis? December’s MedRadJClub was a festive chat about “walkers, Zed, Zs, biters, geeks, stiffs, roamers, Zeke, ghouls, rotters, Zoms, and runners”. December’s paper was Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention (T.Smith, BMJ, December 2015).

And because it’s Christmas – there were pressies! Thanks to Elsevier.


1. As Health Professionals what steps can we take to help prevent the spread of infection?
2. If a vaccine is developed how can we encourage society-wide uptake?
3. What should our governments be doing to prepare for a potential zombie apocalypse?
4. What is your  own/your family’s ZAP (zombie apocalypse plan)?