June 24th: Research and Medical Imaging

There is growing interest in developing research culture and opportunities for allied health professionals working in medical imaging. However, little attention has been given to identifying the research interest and needs of this group relative to the other allied health professions. This month’s JMRS paper aimed to measure self-reported research participation, interest, experience and confidence of allied health professionals working in medical imaging and compare the findings to clinicians working in allied health therapies

Dennett et al. Research interest, experience and confidence of allied health professionals working in medical imaging: a cross-sectional survey. JMRS. 2020

Times: Vancouver 1pm (24th) , Edmonton 2pm (24th), Toronto 4pm (24th), London 9pm (24th), Sydney & Brisbane 6am (25th), Auckland 8am (25th)

May 26th: Student take over!

It’s the MedRadJClub student takeover! Our May session will be helmed by Chris Gibson (@gibsonc85). Chris is a first radiography student at Canterbury Uni. He’s also a dad, former science teacher and a sometime poet!

May’s paper: Nightingale et al. Retention of radiographers: A qualitative exploration of factors influencing decisions to leave or remain within the NHS. Radiography in press.

May’s BLOG is available here: Read a student perspective on retention of radiographers by Chris Gibson.


1. Why did you choose radiography? Is it what you expected so far?

2. Are you worried about radiographer retention? How do you think the pandemic will affect the retention of newly qualified radiographers?

3. Is there something from your training or experiences that will help to keep you in the profession once qualified?

4. Where would you like to see your career take you?

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

Missed the chat? Catch up on Wakelet here.

April 20th: Artificial Intelligence revisited

Last January’s AI chat was one of our most popular so we’re paying another visit to this timely topic.

Our paper this month is an invited commentary from the JMIRS AI special issue that examines the system-level implications of AI on the medical radiation sciences and how MRS professionals can prepare.

French J, Chen L. Preparing for Artificial Intelligence: Systems-Level Implications for the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professions JMIRS. 2019.

Further reading:

International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists. Artificial Intelligence and the Radiographer/Radiological Technologist Profession: A joint statement of the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies. Radiography. 2020.

While you’re here – pop over to #MedRadBlogs and read Dr. Tracy O’Regan’s blog “Artificial Intelligence – what’s taking so long?


1. The paper states that “AI will be both a transformative and disruptive force” how do you view the integration of AI into imaging and radiotherapy practice?

2. AI is reportedly moving from its experimental phase to an implementation phase – does this ring true? How is the integration of AI affecting you and your clinical practice?

3. How can we ensure our profession thrives in an AI-enabled world?

Missed the chat? Catch up on Wakelet here.

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

March 25th: Education during COVID-19

One year on, the pandemic has had a significant impact on both student and staff education. This month we’ll reflect on the experiences of students and educators and look at the lessons learned.

Rainford et al. The impact of COVID-19 upon student radiographers and clinical training. Radiography. 2020.

Optional readings:

This month’s blog was written using feedback from a Twitter call out to students by Amanda Bolderston and Kim Meeking.

Chat themes:

  1. According to the paper and the blog what are the major issues facing undergrad MRS students in their clinical and academic training at the moment?
  2. One of the major factors identified was the importance of clinical staff and their relationship with students. What do you think helps build and strengthen this relationship?
  3. A main concern identified by students was achieving clinical competence and completing clinical assessments. What strategies could address this?
  4. What else can we do to support student’s clinical and academic learning during the pandemic?

Missed the chat? Catch up with the Wakelet summary here.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (25th) /Edmonton 2pm (25th) /Toronto 4pm (25th) /UK 8pm (25th)/Brisbane 6am (26th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (26th) /Auckland 9am (26th)

February 24th: Advanced practice roles

The UK’s multi professional advanced clinical practice (ACP) framework defines advanced practitioners as:

Healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level or equivalent, with the skills and knowledge to allow them to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for.  ACPs are deployed across all healthcare settings and work at a level of advanced clinical practice that pulls together the four ACP pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

NHS: What is Advanced Practice

However there has been little research evaluating ACP expectations in radiography. Harris et al’s study examined a consecutive sample of UK diagnostic radiographer job descriptions and found that many posts advertised as ‘advanced’ differ from advanced practice roles defined by the ACP framework.

Join us to discuss what defines an ACP role in radiography, and why so many posts fall short of the national benchmarks.

Harris M A et al. An analysis of advanced and specialist posts in diagnostic radiography: Do job descriptions describe advanced practice? Radiography. 2020.


  1. What defines an ACP role and what preparation do people need to take on these roles?
  2. The study found “a focus on clinical skills rather than the wider expectations” – what are the drivers for this?
  3. Do our job descriptions really reflect our practice?
  4. How do we demonstrate the impact of our posts?

While you’re here – read this month’s blogs “What does your job description say about your role?” by authors Martine Harris and Bev Snaith and “Are Sonographers Advanced Practitioners?” by Jacquie Torrington.

Additional reading:

Caulfield L. A literature review exploring the perceived impact, challenges and barriers of advanced and consultant practice in therapeutic radiography. Radiography. 2021.

Times: Vancouver 12pm (24th) /Edmonton 1pm (24th) /Toronto 3pm (24th) /UK 8pm (24th)/Brisbane 6am (25th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (25th) /Auckland 9am (25th)