Radiography research

A raft of achievements

Over the last few months the staff and Post Graduate Research students within Diagnostic Radiography at Salford have celebrated a raft of achievements. We’d like to share these with you:

Let’s start with the students:

salford ladder
The Salford PhD Journey

PhD students at the University of Salford have a number of mandatory oral examinations throughout their candidature (see Salford ladder to success left). At the end of the first year they need to pass the Interim Assessment (IA) and at the end of the second year they take the Internal Evaluation (IE). Although scary, these assessments are really important for providing students with valuable feedback on their progress before embarking on the final year, preparing their thesis and viva.

The follow students had success with the Internal Evaluation

On the 10th of July, Ali Mohmmed passed his Internal Evaluation. His research topic is: “Development of novel paediatric AP pelvis phantoms for dose optimisation” and his supervisors are Andrew England & Peter Hogg.

On the 11th of July, Sadeq Al-Murshedi passed his Internal Evaluation.  His research is entitled “Investigation into the variation in radiographic technique for chest radiography in hospitals in the north-west of England”. His supervisors are also Andrew England & Peter Hogg.

Sadiq and Ali
Ali (L) and Sadiq
Tracy O’Regan

On the 29th of June, Tracy O’Regan also passed her Internal Evaluation. Tracy is studying on the Professional Doctorate programme and her topic is: “An account of silence in diagnostic radiography: A cultural quilt”. Her supervisors are Leslie Robinson and Ann Newton-Hughes. Tracy also has supervisory expertise from an external member of staff, Ruth Strudwick from the University Campus Suffolk.

Well done to you all and good luck with your third year!

PhD by Published Works

Another way of gaining a PhD is to submit a collection of high quality research papers that has already been published. This is called (imaginatively) a PhD by Published Works (PhD PW). After producing a set of cohesive papers a candidate must draw these together within a narrative which demonstrates how they contribute to new knowledge. Before they can do this though, they need to prove the worth of their publications in a ‘Prima Facie’ (PF) case – literally translated as at ‘first appearance’. This is done as an oral assessment.

A couple of radiography lecturers have been successful in their PF assessments:

Rob Higgins

On the 4th of May, Rob Higgins passed his PF. His collection of work considers student group learning within the context of Research informed Teaching (RIT). One of the examiners was Salford’s PVC Student Experience and he was extremely impressed with Rob’s work. He explained Rob had produced a useful model for creating a RIT activity within any PBL-type context and as such is very applicable to many other disciplines. Rob is being supervised by Leslie Robinson and Peter Hogg in the write up of his PhD PW narrative. Well done, Rob!

Andrew Tootell

On the 7th of June Andrew Tootell passed his PF case for PhD by PW, with his papers focused towards radiation dose. He can now proceed to his final write up. On top of this achievement, Andrew also managed to gain another accolade for his teaching, being accredited as a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. Well done, Andrew!

Although a PhD PW is an approach often taken by university staff it is also open to external candidates. It’s particularly appealing for busy health professionals who may be involved in writing up papers within a team of clinical researchers anyway. One of our previous BSc student has done just that. Vincent Ma graduated from the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme  in 2014 and has been working hard on his publications ever since.

Vincent’s 6th paper has been accepted for publication.

Ma WK, Howard D, Hogg P (2017) “Closed-loop control of compression paddle motion to reduce blurring in mammograms” Med Phys. May 11. doi: 10.1002/mp.12333. [Epub ahead of print]

This is Vincent’s final article for his PhD by PW. The first 5 articles proved that compression paddles can move during mammographic imaging and that the level of motion observed can have a blurring effect on images. This 6th and final paper proposes a [theoretical] engineering solution to limiting the problem of paddle motion (and therefore a [theoretical] solution to minimising image blurring due to paddle motion).

The work represents ‘a complete story’. Vincent is currently being supervised by John Thompson and Lucy Walton to write his final thesis. Well done Vincent and good luck in the final stages of your PhD.

Publication success

And the team of staff and students continue to have publication outputs. The following article has been accepted for publication into BJR:

Abdullah AK, Kelly J, Thompson JD, Mercer CE, Aspin R, Hogg P. (2017) The impact of simulated motion blur on lesion detection performance in full-field digital mammography. Br J.Radiol Jul;90(1075):20160871. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20160871. Epub 2017 Jun 16. .

Ahmed Abdullah

Well done to Ahmed, one of our PhD students, as this is his first journal paper and he is first author! This is an important paper as it builds directly on the work of Vincent Ma and proposes that the magnitude of motion which can be incurred by paddle motion DOES reduce cancer detection performance in FFDM mammography.

Higgins R, Hogg P, Robinson L (2017) Research Informed Teaching Experience in Diagnostic Radiography: Perspectives of Academic Tutors and Clinical Placement Educators Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences DOI:

Most prolific in the University!

One final bit of trumpet blowing: two most prolific journal authors in the University of Salford over the last three years  are both employed in Diagnostic Radiography. They are Dr Andrew England and Prof Peter Hogg. Prof Julie Nightingale is the top published female in the University.

With such amazing role models it’s no wonder our staff and students are managing to achieve so much!







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