National ultrasound award for Salford student

Monday 30 January 2012
Vivian Purnell
The British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) has recognised a Salford student’s postgraduate research skills at its 2012 awards.

Vivian Purnell first studied at Salford over 40 years ago when she qualified as a radiographer in 1971. She resumed her Salford studies in 1995 to qualify as a sonographer, and returned again in more recent years to upgrade her qualifications to an MSc in Advanced Medical Imaging (Ultrasound).

Vivian’s research into the use of ultrasound in bladder cystoscopy examinations, published in the November 2011 edition of the peer-review journal Ultrasound, won the BMUS Award for Best Published Student Paper.

She completed her studies while working as a sonographer for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation NHS Trust, where she now works two days a week as she approaches retirement.

Vivian said: “As I’m approaching the end of my career I felt it was important to publish the work I’ve done. I was thrilled when it was published in time for my 60th birthday and the award is an added bonus.”

Jan Dodgeon, Programme Leader for Advanced Medical Imaging, said: “Vivian has a wealth of experience that she was able to tap into during her studies. She is a great example of lifelong learning which not only enhances individual career prospects, but also contributes to the research and quality of the radiography profession as a whole.”

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