Dr. John Thompson

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Contact Details

Allerton building L617

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Current positions

Lecturer in Radiography, Programme Leader MSc Dental Implantology


John first joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Radiography on a service level agreement from a clinical role in 2015 and took on a permanent role in 2017. He currently has a split role as a Diagnostic Radiographer and Lecturer. John qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 2004 and has worked as a radiographer in x-ray and nuclear medicine at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. From 2007-2010 completed the MSc in Advanced Practice (Nuclear Medicine) and from 2010-2015 completed a PhD focussed on the use of observer performance methods in radiation dose and image quality optimisation. His postgraduate and doctoral studies were completed here at the University of Salford. John’s PhD has seen him collaborate with experts in his field (Professor David Manning and Professor Dev P. Chakraborty) with publications in the use of observer performance methods stemming from these collaborations. He has also won a £5000 grant award to fund an observer performance study evaluating reduced visual acuity and fatigue in mammography.

Internally, John is Programme Leader for the MSc Dental Implantology programme and module leader for students taking on the dissertation in diagnostic imaging. John is an experienced supervisor, taking over 25 students through their MSc. He is also a PhD supervisor with completions as first and co-supervisor. Externally John has completed a wide variety scholarly work. He has been an External Examiner for Leeds University and the University of Ghana. He delivers teaching externally for the HSST Medical Physics Programme (The Christie) and on the MSc Health in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a regular contributor to national and international conferences, sits on the Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group, and is a peer reviewer for 10+ imaging journals. John is also on the Editorial Board and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science.

Areas of research

Observer Performance, Lesion Detection, Optimisation


    Programme Leader
    • MSc Dental Implantology
    Module Leader
    • Patient Assessment and Treatment Planning
    • Implant Surgery
    • Restorative Treatment and Maintenance
    • Dental Implant Procedures and Complex Cases
    • Dissertation (Dental Implantology)
    • Dissertation (Diagnostic Imaging)

    Research Interests

    • Radiographic Imaging
    • Cross-Sectional Imaging
    • Observer Performance
    • Mammography
    • Dose and Image Quality Optimisation
    • Observer Performance Methods

    Qualifications and Memberships


    • PhD
    • MSc Advanced Practice (Nuclear Medicine)
    • BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography


    • SPIE (Medical Imaging)
    • Society of Radiographers
    • HCPC
    • European Society of Radiology
    • Society of Radiographers Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group
    • Associate Editor Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science
    • International Consulting Editor Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology