May 2015 | Bealtaine 2015

Continued DI Success at International Radiology Conference

Thu, 21 May 15 00:03

UCD Diagnostic Imaging Group Wins Award for Best Scientific Presentation (Radiography) at 2015 European Congress of Radiology

The European Congress of Radiology (ECR) was held from the 5th - 9th March 2015 in Vienna.  It is a trend-setting, dynamic and service-oriented congress, well-known as one of the most innovative meetings within the scientific community, embedded in a unique and inspiring ambience. The European Congress of Radiology represents the medical specialty of radiology throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.  This annual meeting of the European Society of Radiology attracts radiologists and radiographers not only from Europe but internationally for what is the largest Radiology Conference in Europe with in excess of 20,000 participants including 1,054 radiographers from 61 countries.

UCD Diagnostic Imaging had a strong presence again at this years’ conference as befits the group’s strong research activity and international connectivity.  It also took the top ECR radiographer accolade when Ms Therese Herlihy won Best Scientific Paper Presentation (Radiographers) prize for a project which investigated, using eye-tracking technology, radiographers’ visual search patterns when reviewing x-ray examination requests.  The UCD Lecturer’s presentation was based on research undertaken at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with the support of 30 radiographers who kindly gave their time.

 Eye Tracking Heat Map

Participant heat map demonstrating fixations on a fictitious abdomen X-ray request form

An eyetracking study investigating radiographer’s visual search patterns whilst reviewing x-ray examination request forms. E Hendy, J Grehan, T Herlihy, L Rainford.

This is the fourth year in a row that the UCD Diagnostic Imaging Group has would this accolade.  In 2014, the award was received by Dr Louise Rainford and the two years previous the award had been awarded to two of Dr Rainford’s PhD students from the University of Malta: Dr Frank Zarb and Jonathan Portelli.  The group was also recognised as one of the top two contributors to the radiography component of the conference by the European Federation of Radiographer Societies.

Needless to say the Diagnostic Imaging Section is looking forward to ECR 2016!