This weekend 20 tutors and 38 students are winging their way to the University of Salford from 7 different European countries to take part in the annual Optimax summer school. However, including their own international students, they will represent 11 different nations including: Portugal; Iraq; Ireland; the Netherlands; Norway; Brazil; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Vietnam and the UK.
The summer school is a superb example of a multi-cultural, international, multi-professional collaboration in radiography research, mainly related to the ver relevant topic of dose optimisation. It provides students with an amazing learning experience, a rich multicultural perspective on radiography and the opportunity to boost their CVs with research outputs (before they even graduate!).
Here Alicia a student from Salford reflects on her 2015 experience
Optimax also gives radiography tutors the chance to develop their facilitation expertise. This year, as well as the student and staff research groups, there will be a sub-strand of pedagogical research using peer observation of facilitation. In this project less experienced tutors will observe and reflect on the practices of their more experienced peers with the aim of creating good a good practice guide in small group facilitation of learning.
The organising team of international tutors have found the collaboration so rewarding that they keep coming back for more. Following the first successful run in Salford (2013) further iterations have been held in Portugal (2014) and the Netherlands (2015). Now Optimax returns to Salford for 2016. This repetition of the summer school is not the only evidence of its success. Outputs, in terms of research paper are incredible. Each summer school team of students and tutors (and there are typically 5 or 6 teams each year) are expected to publish their research outcomes and projects are also reported at international conferences.
Just look at the Optimax bibliography below (and this doesn’t include posters and presentations at International conferences UKRC and ECR)!
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From Optimax 2013: all published in Radiography November 2014 Vol 20 Issue 4 [available here]
C. Buissink, J.D. Thompson, M. Voet, A. Sanderud, L.V. Kamping, L. Savary, M. Mughal, C.S. Rocha, G.E. Hart, R. Parreiral, G. Martin, P. Hogg (2014) The influence of experience and training in a group of novice observers: A jackknife alternative free-response receiver operating characteristic analysis Radiography 20 (4) p300–305
Mraity, A. England, I. Akhtar, A. Aslam, R. De Lange, H. Momoniat, S. Nicoulaz, A. Ribeiro, S. Mazhir, P. Hogg (2014) Development and validation of a psychometric scale for assessing PA chest image quality: A pilot study Radiography 20 (4) p312–317
Luís Lança, Loris Franco, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Marloes Harderwijk, Chloe Marti, Sadeeda Nasir, Junior Ndlovu, Miguel Oliveira, Ana Rita Santiago, Peter Hogg (2014) 10 kVp rule – An anthropomorphic pelvis phantom imaging study using a CR system: Impact on image quality and effective dose using AEC and manual mode Radiography 20 (4) p333–338
Cláudia Reis, João Gonçalves, Corrie Klompmaker, Ana Rita Bárbara, Chloe Bloor, Ryan Hegarty, Tania Lagrange, Noëlle Temming, Mathilde Sønnesyn, Henriette Røkeness, Amandine Yamasathien, Peter Hogg Image quality and dose analysis for a PA chest X-ray: Comparison between AEC mode acquisition and manual mode using the 10 kVp ‘rule’(2014) Radiography 20 (4) p339–345
Tugwell, C. Everton, A. Kingma, D.M. Oomkens, G.A. Pereira, D.B. Pimentinha, C.A.I. Rouiller, S.M. Stensrud, E. Kjelle, J. Jorge, P. Hogg (2014) Increasing source to image distance for AP pelvis imaging – Impact on radiation dose and image quality Radiography 20 (4) p351–355
Leslie Robinson, Peter Hogg, Robert Higgins (2014) An observational study of cross-cultural communication in short-term, diverse professional learning groups Radiography 20 (4) p356–362
Robert Higgins, Leslie Robinson, Peter Hogg (2014) An evaluation of the student and tutor experience of a residential summer school event (OPTIMAX) Radiography 20 (4) p363–368
From Optimax 2014: Edited by Peter Hogg and Luis Lança (eds) Erasmus Intensive Programme OPTIMAX#2014 Radiation dose and image quality optimisation in medical imaging Lisbon, Portugal [available here] Articles include:
Synnøve Borge, Nina Campbell, Ana Gomes, Aysha M. Raszkowski, Jan Willem Rook, Audun Sanderud, Anique Vallinga, Audrey Vouillamoz, Carst Buissink “Review Article – An evaluation of SAFIRE’s potential to reduce the dose received by paediatric patients undergoing CT: a narrative review”
Synnøve Borge, Nina Campbell, Ana Gomes, Aysha M. Raszkowski, Jan Willem Rook, Audun Sanderud, Anique Vallinga, Audrey Vouillamoz, Carst Buissink “Experimental article – Maintaining image quality for paediatric chest CTs while lowering dose: FBP versus SAFIRE”
Abdulfatah Ahmed, André Garcia, Astrid Bakker, David Tomkinson, Julie Salamin, René de Lange, Sergey A. Buyvidovich, Tina Sohrabi, Alexandre Dominguez, Cosmin Campeanu, Paul Plasman. “Review article – The impact of Sinogram-Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction on patient dose and image quality compared to filtered back projection: a narrative review”
Abdulfatah Ahmed, André Garcia, Astrid Bakker, David Tomkinson, Julie Salamin, René de Lange, Sergey A. Buyvidovich, Tina Sohrabi, Alexandre Dominguez, Cosmin Campeanu, Paul Plasman “Research article – A comparison of Sinogram Affirmed Iterative Reconstruction and filtered back projection on image quality and dose reduction in paediatric head CT: a phantom study”
Cláudia Reis, Junior Ndlovu, Catarina Serrenho, Ifrah Akhtar, Seraphine de Haan, José Antonio Garcia, Daniel de Linde, Martine Thorskog, Loris Franco, Peter Hogg “Review article – Optimisation of exposure parameters for spinal curvature measurements in paediatric radiography”
Cláudia Reis, Junior Ndlovu, Catarina Serrenho, Ifrah Akhtar, Seraphine de Haan, José Antonio Garcia, Daniel de Linde, Martine Thorskog, Loris Franco, Carla Lança, Peter Hogg “Research article – Optimisation of paediatrics computed radiography for full spine curvature measurements using a phantom: a pilot study”
Sarah Jessop, Gabrielle Hart, Ana Rita Santiago, Abbas Samara, Benedicte Markali, Yann Cottier, Joana Guerreiro, Erik Normann Andersen, H. Momoniat, José Jorge, Andrew England “Review article – X Radiation dose implications in screening patients with ferromagnetic IOFBs prior to MRI: a literary review”
Gabrielle Hart, Sarah Jessop, Ana Rita Santiago, Abbas Samara, Benedicte Markali, Yann Cottier, Joana Guerreiro, Erik Normann Andersen, H. Momoniat, José Jorge, Andrew England “Experimental article – A balance between image quality and effective dose in orbital X-ray screening for ferromagnetic IOFBs: a pilot study”
Everton, S. Bird, W. Brito, P. Collé, A.P. Franco, S. Lutjeber, K. Nodeland, S. Rième, M. Siddika, J. WebbJ, S. Angmorterh “Review article – The effects of clinical support surfaces on pressure as a risk factor in the development of pressure ulcers, from a radiographical perspective: a narrative literature review”
Everton, S. Bird, W. Brito, P. Collé, A. P. Franco, S. Lutjeber, K. Nodeland, S. Rième, M. Siddika, J. Webb, S. Angmorterh “Experimental article – An experimental study to compare the interface pressure and experience of healthy participants when lying still for 20 minutes in a supine position on two different imaging surfaces”
Charlotte Bloomfield, Filipa Boavida, Diane Chabloz, Emilie Crausaz, Elsbeth Huizinga, Hanne Hustveit, Heidi Knight, Ana Pereira, Vanja Harsaker, Wouter Schaake, Ruurd Visser “Review article – A narrative review on the reduction of effective dose to a paediatric patient by using different combinations of kVp, mAs and additional filtration whilst maintaining image quality”
Charlotte Bloomfield, Filipa Boavida, Diane Chablozc, Emilie Crausaz, Elsbeth Huizinga, Hanne Hustveit, Heidi Knight, Ana Pereira, Vanja Harsaker, Wouter Schaake, Ruurd Visser “Experimental article – Reducing effective dose to a paediatric phantom by using different combinations of kVp, mAs and additional filtration whilst maintaining image quality”
From Optimax 2015 Edited by: Peter Hogg, Christine Blakeley and Carst Buissink Multicultural team-based research in radiography, a holistic educational approach. Groningen, the Netherlands [available here] Articles include:
Willemke Nijholta, Astrid Bakkera, Alicia C. Bennett b, Morten H. Borgenc, Anne Ellermanna, Peter Hoggb, Patrícia T. Gamboad, Martine Thorskogc, Liesl Vorstere, Ingrid J. Aandahlc. “An analysis of the validity and reliability of a handheld ultrasound device for measuring rectus femoris muscle size”
Hendrik G. Erensteina, Libby D. Chamberlainb, Aniek Forstena, Anna E.D. Lamprechtc, Tina Sohrabid, Emilie Thomassend, Suzanne C.M. van der Wala, Maria Wernerd, Audun Sanderudd. “The reliability and validity of detecting low dose radiation when using radiation detection applications and devices for smartphones”
P.Plasman, H.Baxter, L. Coleman, P. Hogg, H.Hustveit, A. Rizvi,L. van der Sluis, C. Telle, J.Zigterman. “The Influence of CT Reconstruction Methods on the Accuracy of Monitoring Lung Nodule Diameters at Different Dose Levels”
C.S. Reis; T. Faqir; V. Harsaker; P. Hogg ; L. Kristoffersen; I.L. van Rein; K. Stancombe; N.C. Warmerdam; C. Wergeland. “Optimisation of chest Computed Tomography using a phantom: impact of mAs and reconstruction techniques on Image Quality”
Lanca L, Andersen EN, Carvalho G, Gerwen v. M, Jorge J, Kleiker M, Markali B, Nightingale P, Hogg P. “Are physical measures good indicators of image quality at low dose levels? A pilot study”
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