Radiography imaging facilities.
The research carried out by the Radiography team is focused on two key areas:
- Optimisation in medical imaging is particularly complex. It requires the Radiographer to balance image quality and diagnostic benefit against any possible damage caused to the patient from the radiation dose required to produce the image. Our research in this area is mainly focused on image quality assessment using physical, psychophysical and psychometric techniques, and radiation risk assessment using direct measurement and modelling techniques.
- Our research within breast imaging focuses on the practical issues faced in the clinical environment, such as compression force variability, improving the positioning technique, measuring the impact of acquisition factors on the image quality and dose.
As well as supporting the department’s research interests, the facilities play a crucial role in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Our equipment is of a similar standard and function to that used in clinical practice and includes X-Ray imaging rooms, ultrasound scanners, a CT scanner and dental equipment. We also have a range of interactive simulation equipment including ultrasound, a virtual anatomy Anatomage table and a wide range of phantoms which replicate human anatomy which are used by students to practice their imaging skills as well as for testing our imaging equipment.
These facilities allow our undergraduate students to gain skills in radiographic techniques before they begin any clinical placements while postgraduate students use them for project work and research purposes.