September 21st: LGBT and healthcare

How do patients that are  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) experience healthcare? What can we do as MRS professionals to improve our practice in this area? Come along in September and learn more!

September’s article is: Bolderston A, Ralph S. Improving the Health Care Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered patients. Radiography. 22(3), e207–e211

Times: Vancouver 1pm (21st)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (22nd)/Wellington 8am


Research alert! Some of the tweets in this month’s chat will be sampled/themed for a research poster. Contact Sophia for more details.

August 15th: Doctorates and MRS professionals

This month’s paper is Ekpo E, Snaith B, Harris M, McEntee. Doctoral profile of the medical radiation sciences: a baseline for Australia and New Zealand. JMRS (early access).

This month’s blog is written by one of the authors Mark McEntee.

Developing a profession’s research base requires research “users, participants and leaders”. Attaining a doctorate strongly correlates with published papers and research grants. The UK’s Society of Radiographers research strategy includes a goal of 1% of radiographers (about 300) holding, or working towards, a Doctoral level award by 2021. International numbers of MRS professionals with a doctorate are low, however. Is this important? Are you thinking about or already have a doctorate? Come and talk doctorates with us on August 15th.

Times: Vancouver 1pm (15th)/Toronto 4pm/UK 9pm/Sydney 6am (16th)/Wellington 8am


  1. Is there a link between being an evidence based profession and doctoral practitioners?
  2. Is there a distinction between types of doctorates (e.g. DProf, PhD, by publication) that is important for MRS researchers?
  3. In the Ekpo et al study the majority of respondents (63%) worked in an academic institution – let’s talk about the role of clinical academic medical radiation practitioners!
  4. Does goal setting help? (e.g. the UK’s SOR wants 1% of the MRS workforce (about 300) to hold, or be working towards, a Doctoral level award by 2021)

Further reading:  Snaith B, Harris M, Harris R. Radiographers as doctors: A profile of UK doctoral achievement. Radiography (2016). 22; 282-286

Metcalf KL, Adams RD, Qaqish B, Church JA. Survey of R.T.s with doctorates:
barriers to conducting research. Radiol Technol 2010;81:417e27.

Janice St John Matthews: The Impact of My Doctorate (Part One and two): WordPress blog

Missed the chat? Storify here! 

July 20th: Early career researchers

No MRS article this month! Instead we had a general chat about getting into research, how to find support, what mentorship can do for you, the pros, perils and pitfalls….!

To find out if you too are an early career researcher pop over to this month’s blog by Kim Meeking.

Check out:

The Thesis Whisperer: Useful doctoral (and general) research resources

Academic Primer Series: Five Key Papers Fostering Educational Scholarship in Junior Academic Faculty

JMIRS free collection of articles about research (lots of “how tos”!)

For UK people: Radiographers in research: how to get involved (Sept 5th evening event in London)

Society of Radiographers research page (includes information on the Council for Allied Health Professions Research)

The Researcher – NHS online magazine for health researchers

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins & Ovid: Demystifying Research – Simplifying Critical Appraisal

T1: We are all required to be research aware/informed practitioners, but should we all be researchers?

T2: “Early career researcher” is often associated with attaining a doctorate (see chart by Geoff Currie) – is this a good description for MRS researchers?

T3: Do you need an affiliation with a university to be an ECR or primarily a clinical role?

T4: For those more established in research – what would be your one piece of advice to aspirational researchers?

Couldn’t make it? July’s transcript is here.


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.