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Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences

Michael J Neep, Tom Steffens, Patrick Eastgate, Steven M McPhail
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this randomised controlled trial was to compare the effectiveness of intensive and non-intensive formats of delivery of image interpretation education for radiographers. METHODS: A multi-centre, stratified (by years of experience) two group parallel arm, single blind, randomised controlled trial was conducted. Participants (n = 48) were allocated to one of two groups to receive image interpretation education: (1) intensive format (13...
November 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Laurence Kim, Nam Nguyen, Nimit Singhal, Vinh-An Phan, Ivan Iankov, Hien Le
INTRODUCTION: The majority of pancreatic cancers present locally advanced and carry a high mortality rate. Treatment is challenging, with mixed data suggesting use of chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiotherapy. The use of radiotherapy has previously been limited due to lack of ability to deliver radiation to the tumour mass without causing significant toxicity to surrounding organs. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) allows delivery of higher biologically equivalent dose in a shorter treatment duration...
November 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Penelope Knapp, Belinda Eva, Gemma Reseigh, Adrian Gibbs, Lucy Sim, Tiffany Daly, Judith Cox, Anne Bernard
INTRODUCTION: For gynaecological cancers, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) offers comparable plan quality with shorter treatment delivery times when compared to intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). METHODS: The clinical IMRT plans of twenty gynaecological cancer patients were compared with a retrospectively generated VMAT plan. Planning target volume (PTV) metrics compared were D95 > 99%, homogeneity index, and conformity index. Organs at risk (OAR) doses compared were bladder V45 < 35%, bowel V40 < 30%, femoral head and neck (FHN) V30 < 50%, V44 < 35% and V44 < 5%...
November 2, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Jodie L Nixon, Bena Cartmill, Jane Turner, Amanda E Pigott, Elizabeth Brown, Laurelie R Wall, Elizabeth C Ward, Sandro V Porceddu
INTRODUCTION: While use of a thermoplastic mask during radiotherapy (RT) treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) is an essential component of safe patient care, there is little understanding of the extent to which this evokes anxiety (i.e. "mask anxiety") for the person undergoing treatment. METHODS: A mixed method, convergent design was used to examine the prevalence and experience of mask anxiety using two clinical cohorts. In phase one, a cohort of 100 patients undergoing RT for HNC were assessed for self-perceived mask anxiety using a modified distress thermometer screening tool...
October 30, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Tristan Reddan, Jonathan Corness, Fiona Harden, Kerrie Mengersen
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were to identify knowledge gaps and/or perceived limitations in the performance of paediatric appendiceal ultrasound by Australasian sonographers. We hypothesised that: sonographers' confidence in visualising the appendix in children was poor, particularly outside predominantly paediatric practice; workplace support for prolonging examinations to improve visualisation was limited; and the sonographic criteria applied in diagnosis did not reflect contemporary literature...
October 28, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Imelda Williams, Marilyn Baird, Beverley Pearce, Michal Schneider
INTRODUCTION: Radiographers are at times required to provide preliminary information on plain radiography when significant findings are identified. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two short training modules to improve the accuracy of image interpretation of the appendicular skeleton amongst a group of radiographers. METHODS: Eight radiographers volunteered to participate in the study. All undertook a pre-test and, following delivery of course materials, an immediate post-test for two consecutive modules...
October 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Melanie Pemberton, Carole Brady, Beth Taylor, Danielle Tyrrell, Lucy Sim, Sylwia Zawlodzka-Bednarz, Jennifer Biggs, Mitchell Peters, John Baines, Catriona Hargrave
INTRODUCTION: To implement the modulated arc total body irradiation (MATBI) technique within the existing infrastructure of a radiation oncology department. The technique needed to treat paediatric patients of all ages, some of whom would require general anaesthesia (GA). METHODS: The MATBI technique required minor modifications to be incorporated within existing departmental infrastructure. Ancillary equipment essential to the technique were identified and in some cases custom designed to meet health and safety criteria...
September 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Daniel E Roos, Marcus V Dreosti, Craig L James, Pravin Hissaria
We describe the use of radiotherapy for parotid IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), initially misdiagnosed as Kimura's disease, with sustained good partial response in a 37-year-old male. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of radiation for extra-orbital IgG4-RD, albeit inadvertently.
September 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Emma Hack, Thanuja Thachil, Narayan Karanth
Radiation recall is an uncommon phenomenon describing an acute localised inflammatory toxicity affecting tissue previously exposed to radiotherapy. It is precipitated by administration of certain medications, including chemotherapy. We describe a case involving a 50-year-old Aboriginal male smoker from a remote community in Northern Australia who underwent treatment for stage IV non-small cell lung cancer with localised radiotherapy to the primary right upper lung lobe tumour. This was followed by a course of gemcitabine, which was ceased prematurely after four cycles when he presented with radiation recall to his right pectoralis major...
September 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Asanka R Wijetunga, Venessa H Tsang, Bruno Giuffre
INTRODUCTION: Scaphoid fractures are the commonest carpal bone fracture. If untreated they pose significant risk to patients, thus if a scaphoid fracture is suspected, patients are managed with immobilisation. Although scaphoid fractures may be difficult to diagnose on plain radiography, sometimes for months after injury, ongoing radiographic surveillance is preferred due to its low upfront cost. Patients in immobilising casts for long periods experience significant personal and social ramifications such as difficulty working and self-caring...
August 30, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Andrew Squelch
Three-dimensional (3D) printing and medical imaging have a complementary association, the benefits and application areas of which are increasingly documented and further illustrated in this journal publication. Medical imaging data can be appropriately processed (i.e. segmented) to provide the geometric information from which accurate and realistic 3D medical models can be generated. The resulting models can be printed in a range of different materials to suit their use as phantoms in medical radiation and imaging studies, for medical imaging education and training or patient communication...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Cláudia Sá Dos Reis, Colleen Bennett, Zhonghua Sun
Diagnostic imaging pathways are developed to ensure that medical imaging examinations are appropriately selected and referred by clinicians with the aim of justifying the use of imaging modalities for clinical diagnosis. Failing to comply with the imaging pathways or guidelines results in exposing patients to unnecessary ionising radiation due to malpractice of imaging referrals. This editorial provides a comment on a recent study reporting very high percentage of general x-ray imaging referrals which did not or partially met the imaging pathways in an emergency department...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Marnie Rawle, Alison Pighills
INTRODUCTION: The underpinning principles of radiation protection are justification, optimisation and limitation. Each medical imaging referral that uses ionising radiation must balance the justification of exposure to radiation against the benefits of the examination. Scrutiny of justification is the role of radiographers, for general radiography, and is usually performed using the clinical details provided on the referral. International studies report up to 77% of medical imaging examinations are unjustified or inappropriate...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Daniel Sapkaroski, Marilyn Baird, John McInerney, Matthew R Dimmock
INTRODUCTION: An immersive virtual reality (VR) simulation clinic with dynamic patient interaction and communication was developed to facilitate the training of medical radiation science students. The software "CETSOL VR Clinic" was integrated into the Medical Imaging programme at Monash University in 2016 in order to benchmark student experiences against existing simulation techniques (Shaderware™). METHODS: An iterative approach to development, based on two cycles of user feedback, was used to develop and refine the simulated clinical environment...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Kamarul A Abdullah, Warren Reed
Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology has demonstrated a huge potential for the future of medicine. Since its introduction, it has been used in various areas, for example building anatomical models, personalising medical devices and implants, aiding in precision medical interventions and the latest development, 3D bioprinting. This commentary is provided to outline the current use of 3D printing in medical imaging and its future directions for advancing the healthcare services.
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Kelly L Elsner, Diana Naehrig, Georgia K B Halkett, Haryana M Dhillon
INTRODUCTION: Up to one third of radiation therapy patients are reported to have unmet psychosocial needs. Radiation therapists (RTs) have daily contact with patients and can provide daily psychosocial support to reduce patient anxiety, fear and loneliness. However, RTs vary in their values, skills, training, knowledge and involvement in providing psychosocial support. The aims of this study were to: (1) develop an online survey instrument to explore RT values, skills, training and knowledge regarding patient anxiety and psychosocial support, and (2) pilot the instrument with RT professionals to assess content validity, functionality and length...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Gordon T W Mander, Lorraine Reynolds, Aiden Cook, Marcella M Kwan
INTRODUCTION: Appointment non-attendance contributes added cost to the healthcare sector through wasted resource allocations. Medical imaging departments commonly schedule appointments for most modalities; however, no study has quantified patient attendance rates in the Australian regional setting. This is despite evidence that regional, rural and remote Australians tend to demonstrate poorer health than metropolitan counterparts. This study aims to identify the factors that influence appointment non-attendance at a teaching hospital in regional Australia...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Nick Woznitza, Rebecca Steele, Keith Piper, Stephen Burke, Susan Rowe, Angshu Bhowmik, Sue Maughn, Kate Springett
INTRODUCTION: Diagnostic capacity and time to diagnosis are frequently identified as a barrier to improving cancer patient outcomes. Maximising the contribution of the medical imaging workforce, including reporting radiographers, is one way to improve service delivery. METHODS: An efficient and effective centralised model of workplace training support was designed for a cohort of trainee chest X-ray (CXR) reporting radiographers. A comprehensive schedule of tutorials was planned and aligned with the curriculum of a post-graduate certificate in CXR reporting...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Kamarul A Abdullah, Mark F McEntee, Warren Reed, Peter L Kench
INTRODUCTION: An ideal organ-specific insert phantom should be able to simulate the anatomical features with appropriate appearances in the resultant computed tomography (CT) images. This study investigated a 3D printing technology to develop a novel and cost-effective cardiac insert phantom derived from volumetric CT image datasets of anthropomorphic chest phantom. METHODS: Cardiac insert volumes were segmented from CT image datasets, derived from an anthropomorphic chest phantom of Lungman N-01 (Kyoto Kagaku, Japan)...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Amanda Edgar, Gretel Crutchfield, Nigel Anderson
This case study discusses the use of superficial radiotherapy (SXRT) in the treatment of recurrent conjunctival squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Conjunctival SCC is often an aggressive cancer, with surgery the current standard of care. There is currently limited literature on alternative treatment options to treat conjunctival SCC recurrences that enable ocular function preservation. Furthermore, the use of SXRT in this setting is not well-reported. Technical feasibility, practical limitations and potential side effects of SXRT (in comparison to other treatment options) are discussed in this case study...
September 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
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