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Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy optimisation

   School of Medicine

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  Prof MARK MCENTEE  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

University College Cork, Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Mission statement  

 To enhance patient outcomes through clinical applied medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (MIRT) research


Optimisation of MIRT

o  Including Justification, optimisation of radiation Dose and Image quality and Diagnostic Reference levels

o  Application of new technological developments of MIRT (AI, wearables, handheld USS, 5G, image acquisition)

o  Optimisation and innovation in patient positioning and immobilisation

o  Human image interactions and the perception science

Social Science of MIRT

o  Including the teaching and dissemination of knowledge

o  Patient, public and professional perception and opinion that drives behaviour

o  The social determinants of health as the interact with MIRT

Our community of researchers

o  Academics in MIRT

o  Clinicians in Radiology, Radiation Oncology dosimetrists, Radiation Therapists, Radiographers, Other HSCP

o  Scientists in related fields of Anatomy, Physics, Medical Physics, computer science 

Who are we?

We prioritize research that improves patient diagnosis and treatment. We are a team of academics, clinicians and graduate research students.

Together, our team members and our leading collaborators have achieved 400 publications, over 5 million in grant income, and have supervised 30+ research students.

Links to staff

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PhD in Medical Imaging

  1. AI in Medical Imaging
  2. Breast Density measurement in Digitial mammography, ABUS, DBT, and MRI,
  3. Medical Imaging perception
  4. Equity, diversity, and inclusion in Medical imaging
  5. PPI
  6. Optimization of CT acquisition protocols and contrast media delivery
  7. Cardiac CT imaging including risk stratification
  8. Radiography clinical education – improving the efficacy of education in the clinical setting – exploring challenges along with radiographer motivation and clinical teaching skills.
  9. Justification and Optimisation of radiation dose and image quality in CT
  10. Contrast media protocol optimization in CT 
  11. Low dose imaging in CT
  12. Optimization of Patient Pathways for stroke patients 
  13. Improving and enhancing the Patient Service Users pathway through the imaging department

PhD in Radiation Therapy

  1. Use of spacers in radiotherapy for prostate cancer
  2. Compare use of enema v spacer in relation to rectal dose, costs, patient experience, day to day management on the treatment unit, set-up errors
  3. CT Simulation- CT planning dose- optimising CT protocols for specific sites, DRLs in radiotherapy
  4. Planning - Contouring OARs, (Pre-intervention test- educational intervention- post-test, compare a number of RTs to either one or more radiation oncologist or compare to RTOG guidelines).

Funding Notes

This is a research programme with multiple available research projects. It is open to Self-funding students worldwide.
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