Diagnostic Imaging Research Group

Group Overview

Diagnostic Imaging in UCD is the national training centre for radiography. The facilities for education and research include a dedicated “State of the Art” imaging suite on the UCD campus, equipped with computed and direct imaging technologies and NIMIS aligned PACS, Tobii Eye tracking facilities and a growing Image perception suite, multiple anthropomorphic phantom models, and on-site dosimetry capability. The lecturers in Diagnostic Imaging are involved in research studies both in Ireland and internationally with PhD research studies incorporating work in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Research is focused upon imaging of cellular, animal or human biological processes and translating this knowledge into improved diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of disease. A key strength of the group is its broad medical and allied healthcare professional expertise and on-going collaborations with the American Board of Radiology, several American Health Centres and numerous International Academic Institutions. Researchers in the group are professionally affiliated radiographers, nurses, computer scientists with several staff bringing the experience of senior management from the industrial aspect of Imaging to the groups’ activity.

More Information About UCD Diagnostic Imaging Group

Current research areas focus on: image perception and user validation to investigate human perceptual limitations with respect to accurate diagnosis and improved patient outcomes; the quantification of disease states using MR, PET/CT and Ultrasound and related segmentation and visualization; CT raw data processing; foetal and adult electrophysiology and simulation with the aim of enriching cardiological diagnosis and treatment; neuro and cardiac applications and post-processing developments in MR diffusion imaging; RIS/PACS networking solutions in medicine and optimization of practice across a broad spectrum of imaging modalities.

The group continues to grow as an increasing number of staff completed their research studies, having moved from the clinical environment to work in the academic section. Dr Shane Foley and Dr Marie Louise Butler completed their PhD study in 2013. In addition to the peer reviewed publications in the academic year strong representation was made at the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, with six oral presentations. Mr Jonathan Portelli, UCD PhD researcher, was awarded “Best Scientific Paper Presentation Award 2013” within the topic “Radiographers”. This is the second consecutive year that PhD researchers from UCD have won this award, Dr Frankie Zarb being the 2012 recipient. In addition to the conference presentations Jonathan McNulty, Shane Foley and Marie Stanton were invited guest speakers during specialised

Workshop sessions and delivered excellent talks on MRI Spectroscopy, Innovation in CT technology and Clinical audit in Ultrasound to maximum capacity audiences.

The group also presented at several other international events including the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, Florida, USA. Dr Louise Rainford and Mr Jonathan McNulty represented UCD as invited speakers to Portuguese and Italian national congress meetings to promote research in Radiography. Research collaborations continued in 2013 with the American Board of Radiology and across several centres in Europe, in collaboration with research colleagues in the European Federation of Radiography Societies.

Research Team

Dr Louise Rainford
Senior Lecturer

Ms Kate Matthews
Senior Lecturer

Dr Marie Louise Butler
Lecturer

Dr Kathleen Curran
Lecturer

Dr Michaela Davis
Lecturer

Dr Shane Foley
Lecturer

Ms Jennifer Grehan
Lecturer

Ms Therese Herlihy
Lecturer

Ms Joanna Lowe
Lecturer

Ms Marion Maher
Lecturer

Mr Jonathan McNulty
Lecturer

Ms Mary Moran
Lecturer

Dr Desiree O’Leary
Lecturer

 Dr John Ryan
Lecturer

Ms Marie Stanton
Lecturer

Mr John Stowe
Lecturer

Ms Edel Thomas
Lecturer

Dr Rachel Toomey
Lecturer

Researchers Supported

Ms Joanna Santos, PhD Mr Johnathan Portelli, PhD
Ms Joanna Lowe, PhD Ms Muna Al Mulla, PhD
Mr David Leong, PhD Ms Allison Mc Gee, PhD
Mr Jonathan Mc Nulty, PhD Dr Marie Louise Butler, PhD
Mr Francis Zarb, PhD Dr Shane Foley, PhD
Dr Ben Donlon, PhD Dr Gergely Zombori, PhD
Dr Tadhg O’Sullivan, PhD Ms Karen Grima Borg, PhD
Dr Tanuj Puri, PhD Dr Carla Gil, PhD
Mr John Stowe, PhD Prof Gerard Fealey, UCD
Dr Maria Joyce, PhD Dr Joseph Chinedu Ndwodo, PhD
Ms Wijdan Alomaim, PhD Ms Zaina Al Maskari, MSc
Ms Rhona Leahy, BSc Ms Mairead Kearney, BSc
Mr Kevin Cronin, BSc Mr John McGarry, BSc
Mr Niall Burke, BSc Dr Joseph Chinedu Ndwodo, PhD

Collaborators

  • University of Malta, Malta
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Higher Education Network for Radiography in Europe (HENRE)
  • European Federation of Radiographer Societies, Educational Wing
  • Dr Ken Holmes, Diagnostic Imaging, St Martin’s Lancaster, UK
  • Ms Tina Starc, Radiography and Imaging University of Ljubjlana Slovenia
  • Mr Eric Sundqvist, Department of Radiography, Oslo UniversityDr Philippe Van Laer, EHSAL, Belgium
  • Dr Jos Peteers, University of Professional Education Fontys, Eindhoven
  • Dr Sundaran Kada, Bergen University, Norway
  • Carsten Lavidson, Diagnostic Imaging, Univerity of Copenagen
  • Prof Gerold Unterhumer, ViennaKent Fridell, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • Dominique Zerroug, Jean Monnet University
  • Allison Wright, Diagnostic Radiography, Suffolk College, UK
  • Dr Paul Bezzina,University of MaltaDr Pauline Reeves, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Dr John Devaney, Queens University Belfast
  • Mr Colm Dempsey, Director, National Child Protection Training Centre

Director Biography

Dr Louise Rainford’s background is in the area of medical imaging, training as a radiographer in Manchester, UK. Following a twelve year clinical career in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital she commenced as a UCD lecturer in 1997, and from 2006 she was appointed as the Head of Teaching for the Radiography Programmes and led the development of Radiography education at undergraduate and graduate level. In early 2009 she was appointed as the Head of Diagnostic Imaging within the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science. Her supervision of research projects to date have incorporated a broad range of imaging modalities including X-ray, computerised tomography, fluoroscopic guided interventional procedures, and mammography, and her findings published in several international peer reviewed journals.

Dr Rainford has presented at many international imaging meetings including the annual meetings of the Radiological Society of North America, UK Radiological Congress, International Society of Optical Engineering and Medical Imaging Perception Society. She has successfully supervised 11 graduate research students, including 9 PhD projects. She is a distinguished teacher with awards excellence for teaching. In 2013 Dr Rainford took up a role on the HENRE Management group within the European Federation of Radiographers Societies and is currently involved in several multi-centred research studies.