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Louise Rainford

Senior Lecturer

School Of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166537
Email: louise.rainford@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Louise Rainford¿s background is in the area of medical imaging. She has graduate qualifications in Radionuclide Imaging, management and teaching Her career in University College Dublin commenced as a lecturer in 1997, and from 2006 she was appointed as the Head of Teaching for the Radiography Programmes and lead 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 . Part of her role is to lead  more than 20 researchers . In line with the Irish Government and EU priorities, the aim of the researchers are undertaking research that focuses upon findings which translate into improved diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of disease. 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 is recognised for her contribution to Radiography Education through Innovative Curriculum Design at Undergraduate and Graduate level and her innovation approach to projects is now focusing upon the structure of clinical research pathways for radiographers and a range of other healthcare/science researchers. Dr Rainford has presented at many major 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 8 graduate research students, including 6 PhD projects.  She is a distinguished teacher having won 2 medals of excellence for teaching and she has acted as undergraduate, graduate examiner in the United Kingdom and Malta. 

As the Head of Diagnostic Imaging her current clinical and academic collaborations involve leading centres or institutions such as the: American Board of Radiology, , University of Cumbria, the University of Malta and the University of Coimbra. In 2013 Dr Rainford took up a role on the HENRE Management group within the  European Federation of Radiographers Societies. 


Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2004.
Title: UCD School of Medicine and Medical SCience: Excellence in teaching Award 2004
Year: 2008.
Title: College of Life Sciences Teaching Award: Contribution to Curriculum Design

Associations

Association: Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapists, Function/Role: Member
Association: SPIE Medical Imaging, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science PhD /MSc Committee
Committee : UCD Academic Council
Committee : UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science Executive Board
Committee : UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science SSRA Committee
Committee : Programme development team member: Radiography Module for Dental Science students (TCD UCC), Dental Hygienists (TCD) and Dental Nurses (TCD & UCC)
Committee : Teaching and Learning Education Strategy Committee
Committee : School of Medicine and Medical Science Plagiarism Committee
Committee : HENRE Management Committee
Committee : UG Programme Board Committee, School of Medicine and Medical Science
Committee : Graduate Taught Programme Board
 

Education

Year 1985 Institution: College of Radiographers, London, UK
Qualification: Dip Radiography Subject:
Year 1997 Institution: College of Industrial Relations, IRL
Qualification: Dip Management Subject:
Year 1995 Institution: College of Radiographers, London, UK
Qualification: DRI Subject:
Year 1993 Institution: University of East Anglia
Qualification: Cert Clin Tutor Subject:
       

Other Activities

Clinical Teacher, Diagnostic Imaging Programme ( Sept 1992-Aug 1997)

UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, Head of Teaching and Learning, Diagnostic Imaging Programmes (Sept 2006- Feb 2009)

Lecturer: University College Dublin (Sept 1997-Aug 2006)

Radiographer (2years), Senior Radiographer (4 years), Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (May 1986-Aug 1992)

Radiographer , Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire UK ( June 1985-April 1986)

*Leave of absence experience during this period in VU Ziekenhuis, Amsterdam and Parc Medical Centre Baghdad.

Diploma Management: College of Industrial Relations, IRL. (1996)

Diploma Radionuclide Imaging: College of Radiographers, London, UK. (1995)

Certificate: Clinical Teaching: University of East Anglia, UK. (1993)

External examiner Sheffield Hallam University (UK) 2005-2009

External Examiner , University of Malta: commencing September 2010

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Ben Donlon, Douglas Veale, Patrick Brennan, Robin Gibney, Hamish Carr, Louise Rainford, ChinTeck Ng, Eliza Pontifex, Jonathan McNulty, Oliver FitzGerald, and John Ryan; (2012) 'MRI-Based Visualisation and quantification of Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis of the Knee' In: Lars Linsen, Hans Hagen, Bernd Hamann (eds). Visualisation in Medicine and Life Sciences II. Berlin Heidelberg New York: Springer. Available Online [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Foley SJ, McEntee MF, Rainford LA (2013) 'An evaluation of in-plane shields during thoracic CT'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, :1-12. [DOI] [Details]
David L.Leong, Louise Rainford, Tamara Miner Haygood, Gary J Whitman, William R Geiser, Beatriz e. Adrada, Lumarie Santiago, Patrick C. Brennan (2013) 'Trend of Contrast Detection Threshold with and without localization'. Journal of digital imaging : the official journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology, . [DOI] [Details]
Foley S.J, McEntee M.F, Rainford L.A; (2012) 'Establishment of CT diagnostic reference levels in Ireland'. British Journal of Radiology, 85 (1018):1390-1397. [Details]
David.Leong, Louise Rainford, Tamara Miner Haygood, Gary J. Whitman, Philip M. Tchou, William R Geiser, Selin Carkaci, Patrick C. Brennan (2012) 'Verification of DICOM GSDF in Complex Backgrounds'. Journal of digital imaging : the official journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology, (25):662-669. [DOI] [Details]
Zarb, F.; McEntee, M.; Rainford, L. (2012) 'CT radiation dose and image quality optimization using a porcine model'. Radiologic Technology, . [Details]
McNulty JP, Ryan JT, Evanoff MG, Rainford LA. Flexible Image Evaluation: iPad versus Secondary-class Monitors for Review of MR Spinal Emergency Cases, A Comparative Study. PMID: 22503894 (2012) 'Flexible Image Evaluation: iPad versus Secondary-class Monitors for Review of MR Spinal Emergency Cases, A Comparative Study'. Academic Radiology, . [Details]
Foley S, Rainford L, Mc Entee MF, Dodds J ; (2011) 'Reduction in Breast Radiation Dose from Coronary Computed Tomography Using Breast Displacement and Lead Shielding'. American Journal of Roentgenology, AJR MS 10-4569 . [Details]
Zarb, F.; Rainford, L.; McEntee, M. (2011) 'Frequency of CT examinations in Malta'. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 42 (1):4-9. [Details]
Foley, SJ,McEntee, MF,Achenbach, S,Brennan, PC,Rainford, LS,Dodd, JD; (2011) 'Breast Surface Radiation Dose During Coronary CT Angiography: Reduction by Breast Displacement and Lead Shielding'. American Journal of Roentgenology, 197 :367-373. [DOI] [Details]
A. Rutledge, M. F. McEntee, L. A. Rainford, M. J. O¿Grady, K. McCarthy, M. Butler; (2011) 'The impact of clinical indications on visual search behaviour in skeletal radiographs'. Proceedings of SPIE-International Society for Optical Engineering, 7966-33 . [Details]
Zarb F, Rainford L, Mc Entee MF; (2010) 'Image quality assessment tools for optimization of CT images'. Radiography, 16 (2):147-153. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Zarb F, Rainford LA, Mc Entee MF; (2010) 'Developing optimized CT scan protocols: Phantom measurements of image quality. Radiography'. Radiography, . [Details]
Butler, ML,Rainford, L,Last, J,Brennan, PC; (2010) 'Are exposure index values consistent in clinical practice? A multi-manufacturer investigation'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 139 :371-374. [DOI] [Details]
Zarb, Francis; Rainford, Louise; Mc Entee, Mark; (2010) 'AP diameter shows the strongest correlation to CTDI and DLP in abdominal and chest CT'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 139 ((4-6)):1-8. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
CDHelft, AM Mc Gee, PC Brennan, SL Mc Fadden, CM Hughes, RJ Winder, LA Rainford; (2009) 'Potential Irish Diagnostic Reference Levels for cardiac Interventional Examinations'. British Journal of Radiology, . [Details]
Zarb F, Rainford L, Foley S, McEntee MF; (2009) 'Rationale for National and Local Dose Reference Levels and Collective Effective Dose in CT'. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 40 (3):109-115. [DOI] [Details]
ML Butler, L Rainford, J Last and PC Brennan; (2009) 'Are exposure index values consistent in clinical practice? A multi-manufacturer investigation'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, . [Details]
Francis Zarb, Louise Rainford, Shane Foley, Mark F. McEntee; (2009) 'Rational for National and Local Dose Reference Levels and Collective Effective Dose in CT'. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 70 (3):109-115. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
D'Helft, C. J.,Brennan, P. C.,McGee, A. M.,McFadden, S. L.,Hughes, C. M.,Winder, J. R.,Rainford, L. A.; (2009) 'Potential Irish dose reference levels for cardiac interventional examinations'. Br J Radiol, 82 (976976):296-302296. Available Online [Details]
Pearman, L.,Last, J.,Fitzgerald, O.,Veale, D.,Joyce, M.,Rainford, L.,McEntee, M.,McNulty, J.,Thomas, E.,Ryan, J.,McGee, A.,Toomey, R.,D'Helft, C.,Lowe, J.,Brennan, P. C.; (2009) 'Rheumatoid arthritis: a novel radiographic projection for hand assessment'. Br J Radiol, 82 (979):554-560. Available Online [Details]
C. D'Helft, A.M. Mc Gee, L.A. Rainford, S.L. Mc Fadden, C.M. Hughes, R.J. Winder, P.C. Brennan ; (2008) 'Proposed Preliminary Diagnostic Reference Levels for common interventional cardiology procedures in Ireland'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, . [Details]
D'Helft C, McGee A, Rainford L, Mc Fadden S, Winder J, Hughes C, Brennan PC. ; (2008) 'Potential Irish dose reference levels for cardiac interventional examinations'. British Journal of Radiology, . [Details]
D'Helft C, McGee A, Rainford L, Mc Fadden S, Winder J, Hughes C, Brennan PC. ; (2008) 'Proposed preliminary diagnostic reference levels for three common interventional cardiology procedures in Ireland'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, . [Details]
Pearman L, FitzGerald O, Veale D, Joyce M, Rainford L, McNulty J, Thomas E, Ryan J, Toomey, R, Lowe J, Brennan PC. ; (2008) 'Rheumatoid Arthritis: the UCD projection for hand and wrist assessment, a novel technique'. British Journal of Radiology, . [Details]
L.A. Rainford, E. Al-Quattan, S. Mc Fadden, P.C. Brennan P.C ; (2007) 'CEC Analysis of radiological images produced in Europe and Asia'. Radiography, Vol12 :202-209. [Details]
C.DHelft, A.M. McGee, Dr L.A. Rainford, S.L.McFadden, Dr C.M.Hughes, Dr R.J.Winder, Prof .P.C.Brennan (2007). ; (2007) 'Proposed  Diagnostic Reference Levels for 3 Common Cardiac Interventional Procedures in Ireland. '. Proceedings of SPIE - Optical Society for Optical Engineering, . [Details]
D'Helft C, McGee AM, Rainford LA, McFadden SL, Hughes C, Winder RJ, Brennan PC; (2007) 'Proposed diagnostic reference levels for 3 common cardiac interventional procedures in Ireland'. Proceedings of the International Society of Optical Engineering, 6510 . [Details]
Rainford LA, Al-Qattan E, McFadden S, Brennan PC. ; (2006) 'CEC analysis of radiological images produced in Europe and Asia'. Radiography, . [Details]
C.S. D'Helft, A.M. Mc Gee, L.A. Rainford, S.L. Mc Fadden, C.M. Hughes, J.R. Winder, P.C. Brennan ; (2005) 'Optimisation of Radiation in Interventional Cardiology'. Radiography Ireland, . [Details]
C D Helft, SL Mc Fadden, AM McGee, LA Rainford, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2005) 'Optimisation of Radiation in Interventional Cardiology'. Radiography Ireland, . [Details]
A. Doolan, P.C. Brennan, L.A. Rainford, J. Healy ; (2004) ' Dose-reducing strategies in combination offers substantial potential benefits to females of child-bearing age requiring X-ray examination. '. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 108 (2):123-132. [Details]
Grondin Y, Matthews K, McEntee M, Rainford L, Casey M, Tonra M, Al-Qattan E, McCrudden T, Brennan PC ; (2004) 'Dose-reducing strategies in combination offers substantial potential benefits to females of child-bearing age requiring X-ray examinatio'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 108 (2):123-132. [Details]
Brennan PC, Grondin Y, Matthews K, McEntee M, Rainford L, Casey M, Tonra M, Al-Qattan E, McCrudden T, Foley M, ; (2004) 'Dose-reducing strategies in combination offers substantial potential benefits to females requiring X-ray examination'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 108 (2):123-132. [DOI] [Details]
Grondin Y, Matthews K, McEntee M, Rainford L, Casey M, Tonra M, Al-Qattan E, McCrudden T, Foley M, Brennan PC. ; (2004) 'Dose-reducing strategies in combination offers substantial potential benefits to females requiring X-ray examination'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 108 (2):123-132. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Y Grondin, K Matthews, M McEntee, L Rainford, M. Casey, M Tonra, E Al-Qattan, T McCrudden, PC Brennan ; (2004) 'Dose-reducing strategies in combination offers substantial potential benefits to females of child-bearing age requiring X-ray examination'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 108 (2):123-132. [Details]
D'Helft C, McFadden S, McGee A, Rainford L, Hughes C, Winder J & Brennan PC. ; (2004) 'Optimisation of radiation dose in interventional cardiology'. Radiography Ireland, 8 :86-88. [Details]
Rainford L; (2004) 'The role of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in assessing clinical competence for skull radiography technique'. Radiography Ireland, . [Details]
Doolan, P.C. Brennan, L.A. Rainford, J. Healy ; (2004) 'Gonad protection for the antero-posterior projection of the pelvis in Diagnostic Radiography in Dublin Hospitals'. Radiography, 10 :15-21. [Details]
A-Quattan E, Rainford L, Brennan PC; (2001) 'Standardisation of Image Quality across countries in Europe and Asia'. Radiography Ireland, . [Details]
Rainford L, Stack J, Brennan PC; (2001) 'Optimisation of X-ray beam filtration as a method of patent dose reduction whilst maintaining image quality'. Radiography Ireland, . [Details]
O Leary D, Rainford LA; (2001) 'A suggested pan-European implementation model for radiopharmaceutical reconstitution practice'. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 28 (8):284-284. [Details]
O Leary D, Rainford LA; (2001) 'An investigation into the current Irish Radiopharmaceutical Reconstitution Workstations and Work Practices'. Physica Medica, XVII (N3):196-196. [Details]

Other Journals

Mohan, S.M., McNulty, J.P., Portelli, J., Bezzina, P., Rainford, L. (2012) 'Paediatric radiation dose levels and consent implications for patients undergoing high dose medical imaging examinations' Irish Journal of Medical Science 181 (11) :s439-s456. Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

Santos J,Foley S, Paulo G, McEntee MF, Rainford LA (2013) Conducting a national diagnostic reference level survey for computed tomography examinations: the Portuguese experience European Congress of Radiology Vienna, , 06-MAR-13 - 11-MAR-13 [Details]
J.L. Portelli, J. McNulty, S. Mohan, P. Bezzina, L. Rainford (2013) A review diagnostic imaging frequency to aid research exploring the issue of consent for higher dose paediatric examinations ECR2013 - European Congress of Radiology Vienna, Austria, , 07-MAR-13 - 11-MAR-13 Available Online [Details]
Matthews K, Rainford L (2013) Is the Reality of Multiple Graders Inconsistency: our experience in reducing this with Undergraduate Radiography Thesis Work Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) Annual Conference [Details]
Zarb F, McEntee MF, Foley S, Rainford L (2013) Evaluation of image quality optimisation using VGC and ordinal regression analysis European Congress of Radiology Vienna, , 06-MAR-13 - 11-MAR-13 [Details]
Santos J, Foley SJ, Paulo G, McEntee MF, Rainford L (2013) Conducting a national diagnostic reference level survey for computed tomography examinations: the Portuguese experience European Congress of Radiology [Details]
Foley S.J, McEntee M.F, Rainford L.A; (2012) Proposed CT diagnostic reference levels for Ireland European Congress of Radiology [Details]
Zombori Gergely MSc, McAuliffe F MD, Moran M MA, Rainford L PhD, Brennan PC PhD, Ryan J PhD; (2011) EVALUATION OF OBSERVER PERFORMANCE IN PLACENTAL GRADING Medical Image Perception Conference XIV [Details]
Brennan PC, Ryan J, Evanoff M, Haygood T, McNulty J, Rainford L; (2011) Multi-scale enhancement of PA chest radiographs Medical Image Perception Society IX Dublin, Ireland, , 09-AUG-11 - 12-AUG-11 Available Online [Details]
O¿Leary D, Hammond J , Teape A, Rainford L; (2011) EPOS: Compression force recommendations in mammography must be linked to image quality European Congress of Radiologists [Details]
O¿Leary D, Grant T, Rainford L; (2011) EPOS: Mean Glandular dose diagnostic reference levels are proposed for Irish Symptomatic Breast Services European Congress of Radiologists [Details]
O'Leary D, Rainford L; (2011) An Objective method for the classification of symptomatic mammography images in clinical audit . In: Insights into Imaging ECR Book of Abstracts Volume 2 Supplement 1 eds. European Congress of Radiologists , 03-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11 , pp.S310-S311 [DOI] [Details]
O'Leary D, Rainford L, Grant T; (2011) Greater links to image quality should be applied to the mean glandular dose diagnostic reference levels . In: Insights into Imaging ECR 2011 Book of Abstracts Volume 2 Supplement 1 eds. European Congress of Radiologists , 03-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11 [DOI] [Details]
Foley, Shane J, McEntee MF, Rainford LA, ; (2011) Proposed diagnostic reference level for combined CT chest, abdomen and pelvis examinations in Ireland European Congress of Radiology [Details]
O'Leary D, Rainford L; (2011) Optimisation of compression, image quality and radiation dose in mammography in Ireland . In: Insights into Imaging, ECR 2011 Book of Abstracts Volume 2 supplement 1 eds. European Congress of Radiology , 03-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11 [DOI] [Details]
McNulty JP, Kelly B, Rainford L, McEntee MF; (2011) Can collaboration between radiographers and non-consultant hospital doctors during image interpretation improve the accuracy of diagnostic decisions? European Congress of Radiology 2011 Vienna, Austria, , 03-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11 Available Online [Details]
Foley, S, Rainford L, McEntee M, Brennan PC, Dodd JD; (2011) BREAST DISPLACEMENT DURING CARDIAC C.T.: A DOSE REDUCING STRATEGY I-Med and National Capital Diagnostic Imaging CPD event Canberra, Australia, [Details]
Foley, Shane J, McEntee MF, Rainford LA, ; (2011) CT doses across the Generations. A clinical comparison Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, , 26-NOV-11 - 02-DEC-11 [Details]
Foley, Shane J, McEntee MF, Rainford LA; (2011) Radiation dose variability for CT brain examinations across the Irish population Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, , 26-NOV-11 - 02-DEC-11 [Details]
S. Naughton, L. A. Rainford, M. F. Mc Entee;; (2011) The effect of clinical indications on the visual search patterns of junior doctors European Congress of Radiology Vienna Austria, [Details]
A Rutledge, M McEntee, L Rainford, M O¿Grady, K McCarthy, ML Butler.; (2011) The impact of clinical indications on visual search behavior in skeletal radiographs International Society for Optical Engineering (Medical Imaging) [Details]
M.F. Mc Entee, B. Kelly, L. Rainford; Dublin/IE; (2011) Can collaboration between radiographers and non-consultant hospital doctors during image interpretation improve the accuracy of diagnostic decisions? . In: Moderators: B. Bjorkman (Huskvarna/SE), D. Tscholakoff (Vienna/AT) eds. European Congress of Radiology Vienna Austria, [Details]
D O'Leary, A Teape, J Hammond L Rainford; (2011) Objective critical appraisal of mammography images in clinical audit: can we achieve this? Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group Conference [Details]
D O'Leary, T Grant, L Rainford; (2011) Image quality and compression force: the forgotten link in optimisation of digital mammography? Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group Conference [Details]
D O'Leary, L Rainford; (2011) Can radiation dose in mammography be further reduced by increasing the image quality? Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group Conference [Details]
D O'Leary,L Rainford; (2011) Symptomatic breast services in Ireland: how do they compare to national and international standards? Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group Conference [Details]
Ryan J, NG CT, Gibney R, Fitzgerald O, Brennan P, Hefferenan E, Fearon U, McNulty J, Rainford L, Veale D; (2010) Novel PET/MR Fusion Imaging and Quantification of Knee Synovitis in Rheumatoid Arthritis American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting Atlanta, USA, Available Online [Details]
Zarb F, Rainford LA, Mc Entee MF; (2010) Dose reduction in CT while maintaining image quality Congresso Internacional de Radiologia ESTES 30 Anos Coimbra Portugal, , 17-NOV-10 - 21-NOV-10 [Details]
Moran, CM., Rainford, LA., McCaffrey, M. ; (2010) Work related musculoskeletal disorders amongst diagnostic medical sonographers: Implications for diagnostic imaging departments Insights into imaging. ECR 2010 Available Online [Details]
Foley S, McEntee M, Brennan P, Rainford LA, Dodd JD; (2010) TLD Measurement of Absorbed Radiation Dose to the Female Breast during 64 Slice Cardiac CT Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, , 28-NOV-10 - 03-DEC-10 [Details]
CM Moran , D Brophy, ML Butler, LA Rainford. ; (2010) Impact of X-Ray Technique Training on Radiology Resident Programs: Is there a role for combining modules between radiology and radiographic training? National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Conference [Details]
F. Zarb, L.A. Rainford, M.F. McEntee;; (2010) Correlation of patients weight and dimensions to CT dose descriptors: CTDI and DLP European Congress of Radiology Vienna Austria, Available Online [Details]
F. Zarb, L.A. Rainford, M.F. McEntee; (2010) Frequency distribution of Maltese CT examinations demonstrates potential for dose reduction European Congress of Radiology Vienna, Austria, Available Online [Details]
J. P. McNulty, T. Roding, D. Pronk-Larive, P. Bezzina, P. Harris, I. Henderson, J. Hughes, N. Jones, G. Plug, J. L. Portelli, J. Puniene, V. Punys, L. Rainford ; (2010) The Development of the European Masters Programme in Medical Imaging European Society of Radiology Annual Congress, ECR Vienna, Austria, [Details]
ML Butler, PC Brennan, J Last, L Rainford. ; (2010) A study of exposure index value fluctuations in computed radiography and direct digital radiography using multiple manufacturers European College of Radiology Conference [Details]
ML Butler, PC Brennan, J Last, L Rainford; (2010) The impact of processing delay on the exposure index value International Society for Optical Engineering (Medical Imaging) [Details]
ML Butler, PC Brennan, J Last, L Rainford. ; (2010) The clinical efficacy of the exposure index value European Federation of Radiographers Society Conference [Details]
Shane Foley, Mark McEntee, Patrick Brennan, Louise Rainford, Jonathan Dodd; (2010) TLD Measurement of Absorbed Radiation Dose to the Female Breast during 64 Slice Cardiac CT . In: Gary J. Whitman MD | Ting-Yim Lee MSc, PhD eds. RSNA 2010 Mc Cormack Place, Chicago, , 29-NOV-10 - 03-DEC-10 Available Online [Details]
G Zombori, MSc; J Ryan, PhD; F McAuliffe, MD; L Rainford, PhD; M Moran, MA; P Brennan, PhD. ; (2010) Advanced noise reduction in placental ultrasound imaging using CPU and GPU: a comparative study . In: Jan D'Hooge, Stephen A McAleavy eds. Medical Imaging 2010: Ultrasonic Imaging, Tomography, and Therapy Santiago, [Details]
ML Butler, L Rainford, J Last & PC Brennan. ; (2009) Optimization of Exposure Index Values for the antero-posterior pelvis and antero-posterior knee examinations International Society for Optical Engineering (Medical Imaging) [Details]
ML Butler, PC Brennan, LA Rainford, J Last; (2009) Optimisation of exposure index values for antero-posterior knee examination SPIE [Details]
G. Zombori, J. Ryan, F. McAuliffe, L. Rainford, M. Moran, P.Brennan; (2009) Volume-Based Segmentation of the Placenta in Ultrasound Imaging Radiological Society of North America Chicago, [Details]
ML Butler, L Rainford, J Last and PC Brennan; (2009) An Investigation Into The Use Of The Exposure Index Value In Irish X-ray Departments United Kingdom Radiological Congress [Details]
Foley S, Rainford L, Mc Entee M, Dodd J; (2009) Breast Displacment during cardiac CT. A dose reducing strategy Annual Scientific Meeting, Faculty of Radiologists, RCSI [Details]
Galvin N, PC Brennan, L Rainford; (2008) Appropriate Employment of Exposure Factors with the Anode Heel Effect (AHE) using Digital Receptors Optimizes X-ray Examinations Radiological Society of North America RSNA [Details]
Ryan J, Joyce M, Last J, Rainford L, Brennan PC; (2007) Enhanced Visualisation of Neck Soft Tissues Using a Software-based, Dual-energy Technique Radiological Society of North America Chicago, USA, [Details]
CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2006) Proposed Diagnostic Reference Levels for three common cardiac interventional procedures: an all-Ireland investigation Irish Institute of Radiography [Details]
C D Helft, SL Mc Fadden, AM McGee, LA Rainford, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2006) Proposed Diagnostic Reference Levels for three common cardiac interventional procedures: all Ireland investigation European Congress of Radiology ECR [Details]
CD Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, RJ Winder, PC Brennan; (2006) Potential Diagnostic Reference Levels for Cardiac Interventional Examinations in Ireland European Congress of Radiology ECR [Details]
CD Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, RJ Winder, PC Brennan; (2006) Proposed Diagnostic Reference Levels for three common cardiac interventional procedures: all Ireland investigation United Kingdom Radiological Congress UKRC [Details]
CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, JR Winder, E Tobin, PC Brennan; (2005) A survey of radiation dose and image optimisation for cardiac interventional procedures in humans Association of Veterinary Teachers and Workers: Irish Veterinary Journal [Details]
CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2005) Radiation Dose and Image Optimisation in Interventional Procedures Irish Faculty of Radiologists [Details]
CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, JR Winder, E Tobin, PC Brennan; (2005) A survey of three common cardiac interventional procedures in nine catheterisation centres in Ireland College of Radiographers UK: Northern Ireland Group [Details]
C.S. D'Helft, A.M. Mc Gee, L.A. Rainford, S.L. Mc Fadden, C.M. Hughes, J.R. Winder, P.C. Brennan ; (2005) A survey of radiation dose and image optimisation for cardiac interventional procedures European Congress of Radiology ECR  [Details]
C D Helft, SL Mc Fadden, AM McGee, LA Rainford, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2005) Radiation Dose and Image Optimisation for Fluoroscopic Cardiac Interventional Procedures United Kingdom Radiological Congress [Details]
SL Mc Fadden, CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2004) A retrospective survey of radiation dose in paediatric interventional cardiology Radiological Society of North America RSNA [Details]
K Matthews, M McCaffrey, M McEntee, D O¿Leary, L Rainford, E O'Carroll-Sullivan and PC Brennan; (2003) Examination optimization in diagnostic paediatric radiography in Ireland UK Radiological Congress 2003 , pp.5-6 Available Online [DOI] [Details]
A-Quattan E, Rainford L, Mc Fadden S, Brennan PC; (2003) Standardisation of Image Quality in Radiology Departments: an international investigation Radiological Society of North America RSNA [Details]
Hayes E, Rainford L; (2003) Is an anti-scatter grid required when low energy beam radiation is employed for computed radiography skull examinations Radiological Society of North America RSNA [Details]
Matthews K, Mc Caffrey M, Mc Entee M, OLeary D, Rainford L, O Carroll-Sullivan E, Brennan PC ; (2003) Examination optimisation in diagnostic paediatric radiography in Ireland United Kingdom Radiological congress UKRC [Details]
CS D Helft, AM McGee, LA Rainford, SL McFadden, CM Hughes, JR Winder, PC Brennan; (2001) A survey of radiation dose and image optimisation for cardiac interventional procedures Irish Institute of Radiographers [Details]
Rainford LA, Brennan PC; (2001) Radiologial anatomical evaluation: The influence of X-ray beam filtration Anatomical  Society of the UK and Ireland  [Details]
Rainford LA, Brennan PC; (2001) Evaluation of the diagnostic efficacy and dose-reducing efficiency of erbium filtration for diagnostic investigations United Kingdom Radiological Congress , pp.46-47 [Details]
Rainford LA, Stack J, Brennan PC; (2001) Evauation of the diagnostic Efficacy of Erbium Filtration for X-ray examinations European congress of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering [Details]
Rainford LA, Brennan PC; (2000) Objective evaluation of the diagnostic efficacy and dose reducing efficiency of erbium filtration for X-ray examinations IPEM Scientific Meeting [Details]
Rainford LA, Stack J, Brennan PC; (2000) Evaluation of the diagnostic efficacy and dose reducing efficiency of erbium filtration for commonly performed diagnostic X-ray investigations Irish Medical Conference, College of Physicians [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Primary Supervisor: 7 PhD students currently. Topic areas:

  1. MRI derived indices of cardiac structure and function in cystic fibrosis adults.
  2. Novel applications of advanced neuro-magnetic resonance imaging 
  3. Paediatric Radiation Dose Optimisation: CT Examinations
  4. Paediatric Patient Consent Protocols, High Dose Paediatric Examination Optimisation
  5. An Investigation into the calibration standards for monitors employed in Diagnostic Imaging
  6. Diffusion-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography of the Achilles tendon at 3 Tesla: technical issues and clinical applications
  7. Optimisation of Image Quality and Dose Using Perceptual Metrics and Statistical Techniques in General Radiography

     

PhDs submitted for examination

1. CT Examination Optimisation, including: Breast Radiation Dose with 64-slice Cardiac CT. Dose Reduction and Image Quality with Breast  Positioning and Bismuth Shield 
2. An investigation focussed upon the use and optimisation of the EI value
3. Establishment of CT DRLs and investigation into the optimisation of CT Protocols: National Study Malta

Secondary Supervisor: 1 PhD projects
Optimisation: Cardiac Scintigraphy
 
Research Students to completion
Primary Supervisor: 2 MSc students

Desiree OLeary (2002): An Investigation into the standardisation of Irish radiopharmacy work practices

Douglas Kandemiri (2008): Evaluation of the role of RNI imaging for lung transplant patients.

Primary Supervisor: 6 PhD students 

Ebthehal Al-Quattan (2004): Investigation into the standardisation of work practice and image quality for commonly performed radiographic examinations

Catherine DHelft ((2008): Dose and image optimisation for cardiac interventional procedures.

Desiree OLeary (2011) HSR/2006/4: Optimisation of Mammographic Examinations.
 
Ben Donlon (2012):  
MRI -Based Quantification of Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis of the knee.

Gergely Zombori (2012): Development of a Quantification and Visualisation Tool for the Assessment of Foetal Abnormalities

Tadhg O'Sullivan (2012): Visualisation and Quantification of HIV Associated Lipodystrophy from Magnetic Resonance  

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
Title : An investigation into the dose received by clinicians during common fluoroscopic procedures
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-10 / 01-DEC-13
Sponsor : Health Research Board (HRB)
Title : Magnetic Resonance Imaging - derived Indices of Cardiac Structural and Functional Abnormalities in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and their Significance as Prognostic Indicators for Disease Progression
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-09 / 31-OCT-12
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Are exposure index values consistent in clinical practice? A multimanufacturer study.
Start Date / End Date : 03-AUG-09 / 31-JAN-11
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Jonathan Portelli, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
David Leong, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Marie-Louise Butler, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Jonathan Mc Nulty, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Joana Rodrigues dos Santos, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Joanna Lowe, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201200   RDGY30120     Radiography: Advanced Prac Rad
201200   RDGY5001R     Radiography: Research Activity

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

External Collaborators

University of Ulster: Joint HRB Funded research project focussing upon Dose Reference levels for Cardiac Interventional Procedures

Universities of Malta, INHOLLAND (NL), Cumbria (UK), South Bank (UK), Vilinus (LT): Funded European Taught Masters Development

University of Malta: PhD CT Dose Optimisation Research.