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PhD opportunities

We have a thriving and friendly PhD community, comprising full time and part time students. The majority of our PhD research focuses on one of our three key research themes. However, because of collaboration a minority of our PhD research activity is not within our research themes. At the moment we are not offering a grant to do a PhD. Nevertheless, PhD research opportunities do exist for externally funded PhD students; below are some sample project areas:

Breast cancer diagnosis using full field digital mammography

  • Use of social media to support and inform women who are or will be eligible for mammography breast screening
  • Exploration of the use of social media for health professions in the context of mammography breast screening
  • Analysis of lifetime effective radiation risk in full field digital mammography and tomosynthesis
  • Determination of a minimum computer monitor specification for assessing mammography images for technical accuracy only
  • Refinement and validation of novel mathematical models for simulating blurring in mammography images
  • Exploration of compression paddle motion whilst in the ‘clamped phase’
  • Breast density error analysis due to mammography machine compressed breast thickness when using automated computer mathematical models

Dose / image quality optimisation and lesion detection performance in CR/DR/CT

  • Refinement and validation of a novel mathematical model to simulate reduced mA in CT images
  • Development and validation of image quality scales based upon psychometric theory
  • Analysis of visual acuity and lesion detection performance using ROC methodologies
  • Analysis of lesion detection performance, using ROC methodologies, in chest CT at low dose
  • Development and validation of methodologies and methods for the translation of dose/image (DR/CR) quality optimisation techniques into clinical practice and teaching / learning
  • Evaluation of a novel method for evaluating lesion conspicuity
  • Impact of tube orientation on patient dose using CR/DR for AP pelvis