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Rachel Toomey

Lecturer

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

Tel: +353 1 7166587
Email: rachel.toomey@ucd.ie

Biography

Rachel graduated from UCD with her a BSc (Hons) Radiography in 2006.  Having been awarded an Embark Initiative Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, she went on to complete her doctoral thesis (entitled ¿Performance of Novel Display Devices in Radiology¿) graduating in 2010.

Rachel then took up a position in the Institute for Medical Science and Technology at the University of Dundee, working as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Integrated Interventional Imaging Operating Suite (IIIOS) project network.  Rachel gained invaluable experience during her time in Dundee, working as part of a consortium of ten industrial, academic and clinical partners from a variety of scientific backgrounds.

In September 2011, Rachel returned to UCD, having been appointed to a lecturing post in the Diagnostic Imaging division.  Her teaching is primarily in technological modules in the first and final year of the Radiography programme.  She also coordinates the Professional Certficate in Intra-Orbital Foreign Body Screening.

Rachel's research interests are diverse; however, at present her work is principally in the areas of medical image display and perception.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Function/Role: Member: Task Group No. 260 (Considerations for the Use of Handheld Devices for Viewing Medical Images)
Association: European Society of Radiology, Function/Role: Member
Association: Medical Image Perception Society, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Toomey RJ, Ryan J, McEntee M, Evanoff M, Ryan P, Manning D, Chakraborty D, Brennan PC (2007) The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in the Reporting of Radiological Images. [Oral Presentation], Medical Image Perception Society, Iowa City, Iowa, USA , 17-OCT-08 - 20-OCT-07.
Immel E, Toomey RJ, Gueorguieva M, Eisma R, Melzer A (2011) Implantations of a resonant vena cava filter in a Thiel-embalmed cadaver under MRI guidance. [Oral Presentation], Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, Munich , 10-SEP-11 - 14-SEP-11.
Toomey RJ, Lowe J, Evanoff M, Kavanagh E, Rainford L (2015) Variability in radiologists¿ diagnoses and representation of pathologies. [Poster Presentation], Medical Image Perception Society, Ghent, Belgium , 02-JUN-15 - 05-JUN-15.
Toomey RJ, Leong D, Evanoff M, Ryan J, Kavanagh E, Rainford L (2015) Interventional images on the iPad. [Oral Presentation], Medical Image Perception Society, Ghent, Belgium , 02-JUN-15 - 05-JUL-15.
Darcy S, Rainford LA, Toomey RJ (2014) Decision making and variation in radiation exposure factor selection by radiographers: an eye tracking study. [Oral Presentation], European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria , 06-MAR-14 - 10-MAR-14.
Kelly BS, Rainford LA, Kavanagh E, Toomey RJ (2014) The development of diagnostic accuracy and search pattern behaviour in the interpretation of chest radiographs. [Oral Presentation], European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria , 06-MAR-14 - 10-MAR-14.
Toomey RJ (2014) Is a smartphone all that is required?. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria , 06-MAR-14 - 10-MAR-14.
Toomey RJ, Szold A, Melzer A (2011) Towards an Integrated Interventional Imaging and Operating Suite. [Poster Presentation], Meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), San Antonio, Texas, USA , 30-MAR-11 - 02-APR-11.
Toomey RJ, Szold A, Immel E, Guerguieva M, McLeod G, Houston JG, Eisma R, Melzer A (2011) Dundee Pulsatile Flow System - Progress Towards a Gold-Standard Cadaver Model for Research and Training. [Poster Presentation], Meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), San Antonio, Texas, USA , 30-MAR-11 - 02-APR-11.
Toomey RJ, Fernandez Gutierrez F, Immel E, Volovick A, Gueorguieva M, Melzer A (2010) Planning the Dissemination of the Integrated Interventional Imaging Operating System to the Clinical Audience. [Poster Presentation], Marie Curie Conference, Turin, Italy , 01-JUL-10 - 02-JUL-10.
Toomey RJ, Ryan JT, McEntee MF, Evanoff M, Ryan P, Manning DJ, Chakraborty DP, Curran K, Brennan PC (2008) The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in the Reporting of Radiological Images. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, Ireland , 07-NOV-08 - 07-NOV-08.
Toomey RJ, Brennan PC (2008) Ambient Conditions and Perception in Medical Imaging. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Sligo, Ireland , 07-NOV-08 - 07-NOV-08.
Toomey RJ, Ryan J, McEntee M, Evanoff M, Ryan P, Manning D, Chakraborty D, Brennan PC; (2008) The Use of Personal Digital Assistants in the Reporting of Radiological Images. [Oral Presentation], Medical Image Perception Society, Iowa City, USA , 13-JUN-08 - 15-JUN-08.
Toomey RJ, Ryan J, Manning DJ, McEntee MF, Phillips P, O¿Leary D, Curran K, Brennan PC. ¿Breast Imaging: Optimum Levels of Ambient Lighting¿ (2007) Breast Imaging: Optimum Levels of Ambient Lighting. [Poster Presentation], Imaging Meeting of Faculty of Radiologists (RSCI), Dublin, Ireland , 09-FEB-07 - 09-FEB-07.
   

Education

Year 2010 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: Performance of Novel Display Devices in Radiology
Year 2006 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSc. (Hons) Radiography Subject: Radiography
     

Journals Edited

Journal Of Digital Imaging : The Official Journal Of The Society For Computer Applications In Radiology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Medical Internet Research: Reviewer.
Environmental Health : A Global Access Science Source: Reviewer.
Physica Medica: Reviewer.
Journal Of Telemedicine And Telecare: Reviewer.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Melzer A, Immel E, Toomey RJ, Fernandez-Gutierrez F. (2011) 'MR guided interventions and surgery' In: Melzer A, Immel E, Toomey RJ, Fernandez-Gutierrez F (eds). Springer Handbook of Medical Technology. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Kelly A, Toomey RJ (2015) 'Protocols and guidelines for mobile chest radiography in Irish public hospitals'. Radiography, . [Details]
Toomey RJ, Rainford LA, Leong DL, Butler ML, Evanoff MG, Kavanagh EC, Ryan JT. (2014) 'Is the iPad suitable for image display at American Board of Radiology examinations?'. AJR. American journal of roentgenology, . [Details]
Eisma, R; Gueorguieva, M; Immel, E; Toomey, R; McLeod, G; Soames, R; Melzer, A (2013) 'Liver displacement during ventilation in Thiel embalmed human cadavers - a possible model for research and training in minimally invasive therapies'. Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies, . [Details]
Immel E, Toomey RJ, Melzer A (2012) 'MR enhancing vascular and cardiovascular Implants'. Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical engineering, . [DOI] [Details]
Toomey RJ (2011) 'Reply to ¿Comparison of Handheld Devices for Emergency Radiology¿'. AJR. American journal of roentgenology, 196 (4):W488-W488. [Details]
Toomey RJ (2010) 'Handheld devices for radiologists: as good as monitors?'. Imaging in Medicine, 2 (6):605-607. [Details]
Toomey RJ, Ryan JT, McEntee MF, Evanoff MG, Chakraborty DP, McNulty JP, Manning DJ, Thomas EM, Brennan PC (2010) 'Diagnostic efficacy of handheld devices for emergency radiologic consultation'. AJR. American journal of roentgenology, 194 (2):469-474. [DOI] [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 PC (2009) 'Rheumatoid arthritis: a novel radiographic projection for hand assessment'. British Journal of Radiology, 82 (979):554-560. [Details]
O'Connell NM, Toomey RJ, McEntee M, Ryan J, Adams A, Brennan PC; (2008) 'Optimisation of region of interest algorithms may enhance radiologists light adaptation'. Academic Radiology, 15 (4):488-493. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Brennan PC, Ryan J, Evanoff M, Toomey R, O'Beirne A, Manning D, Chakraborty DP, McEntee M (2008) 'The impact of acoustic noise found within clinical departments on radiology performance'. Academic Radiology, 15 (4):472-476. [Details]

Other Journals

Toomey RJ, Brennan PC (2010) 'Breast imaging: the influence of ambient lighting' Radiography Ireland 10 :82-84. [Details]
Toomey, RJ; McEntee, MF (2010) 'Ergonomics in Radiology' Hospital Imaging and Radiology Europe . [Details]
Toomey RJ, McEntee MF, Ryan JT, Evanoff MG, Hayes A, Brennan PC. . (2010) 'Spatial resolution and chest nodule detection: an interesting incidental finding' Proceedings of the SPIE . [Details]
Toomey, RJ; Ryan, JT; McEntee, MF; McNulty, J; Evanoff, MG; Cuffe, F; Yoneda, T; Stowe, J; Brennan, PC (2009) 'The impact of faceplate surface characteristics on detection of pulmonary nodules' Proceedings of the SPIE . [Details]

Conference Publications

Immel E, Toomey RJ, Gueorguieva M, Eisma R, Melzer A (2011) Implantations of a resonant vena cava filter in a Thiel-embalmed cadaver under MRI guidance Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe [Details]
Lee SM, Toomey RJ, Rainford LA, Ryan J (2013) An investigation of the relationship between ambient lighting and image manipulation SPIE Medical Imaging Orlando, Florida, USA, , 09-FEB-13 - 12-FEB-13 [Details]
Butler ML, Lowe J, Toomey RJ, Maher M, Evanoff MG, Ryan J, Rainford LA (2013) The effect of viewing distance on observer performance in skeletal radiographs SPIE Medical Imaging Orlando, Florida, USA, , 09-FEB-13 - 12-FEB-13 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Hodgins S, Evanoff MG, Rainford LA (2013) An initial investigation of radiologist eye movements in vascular imaging SPIE Medical Imaging Orlando, Florida, USA, , 09-FEB-13 - 12-FEB-13 [Details]
Wolska-Krawczyk M, Rube MA, Immel E,Toomey RJ, Fernandez-Guiterrez F, Buecker A, Melzer A (2011) Measurements of Excessive Heating by Resonating RF Waves of Nitinol Based Guidewire in a Saline Filled Phantom and in a Vessel of a Theil Embalmed Human Cadaver with Artificially Induced Saline Flow in a 1.5 Tesla MR Scanner Society for Medical Innovation and Technology Tel Aviv, Israel, , 13-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11 [Details]
Wolska-Krawczyk M, Rube MA, Immel E, Toomey RJ, Fernadez-Guiterrez F, Buecker A, Melzer A (2011) Prototype MR Compatible Guidewires Versus Nitinol Based Guidewires Society for Medical Innovation and Technology Tel Aviv, Israel, , 13-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11 [Details]
Rube MA, Immel E, Toomey R, Wolska-Krawczyk M, Melzer A (2011) Semi-active Resonant Markers for Interventional Device Localisation Society for Medical Innovation and Technology Tel Aviv, Israel, , 13-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11 [Details]
Fernandez Gutierrez F, Toomey RJ, Houston JG, Melzer A (2011) Using computer simulation in workflow design and improvement in multimodal image guided interventions United Kingdom Radiological Congress Manchester, UK, , 06-JUN-11 - 08-JUN-11 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Immel E, Fernandez-Gutierrez F, Gueorguieva M, de Vries K, Bücker A, Houston JG, Eisma R, Melzer A. (2011) Thiel soft-embalmed cadavers with simulated functions as a research and training model for interventional radiology United Kingdom Radiological Congress Chicago, IL, USA, , 06-JUN-11 - 08-JUN-11 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Gueorguieva M, Immel E, Houston JG, McLeod GA, Eisma R, Melzer A (2011) Values and Techniques of Multimodality Imaging of Thiel Soft-Embalmed Cadavers for Research, Training and Device Development Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois, USA, , 27-NOV-11 - 02-DEC-11 [Details]
Fernández-Gutiérrez F, Toomey RJ, Houston G, Wolska-Krawczyk M, Elle OJ, Buecker A, Melzer A (2011) Computer Simulation for Ergonomics and Workflow Improvement in Multimodal Imager Guided Interventions: A New Approach Society for Medical Innovation and Technology Tel Aviv, Israel, , 13-SEP-11 - 16-SEP-11 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Immel E, Houston JG, Eisma R, Melzer A (2011) Vascular Assessment of a Cadaver Model for Research, Training, and Device Development in Interventional Radiology Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting [Details]
Toomey RJ, McEntee MF, Ryan JT, Evanoff MG, Hayes A, Brennan PC (2010) Spatial resolution and chest nodule detection: an interesting incidental finding Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging Meeting San Diego, California, USA, , 13-FEB-10 - 18-FEB-10 [Details]
Eisma R, Gueorguieva M, Immel E, Toomey RJ, Fernandez-Gutierrez F, Volovick A, McLeod GA, Corner GA, Cochran S, Melzer A (2010) The Thiel cadaver as a model for image-guided procedures and training SINAPSE SPIRIT Translational Imaging Seminar Edinburgh, UK, , 23-SEP-10 - 23-SEP-10 [Details]
Fernandez-Gutierrez F, Toomey RJ, Thompson A, Melzer A (2010) Concept of Multimodality Image Guided Diagnostic and Therapy for Cancer Society for Medical Innovation and Technology Trondheim, Norway, , 02-SEP-10 - 04-SEP-10 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Ryan JT, McEntee MF, McNulty J, Evanoff MG, Cuffe F, Yoneda T, Stowe J, Brennan PC (2009) The impact of faceplate surface characteristics on detection of pulmonary nodules Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging Orlando, Florida, USA, , 07-FEB-09 - 12-FEB-09 [Details]
Ryan J, Carr H, Evanoff M, Toomey R, Mc Entee M, Brennan PC (2009) User Variance in Radiological Contouring Methods using Tablet Interaction Devices 2nd International Workshop in Visualization in Medicine and Life Sciences, (VMLS) Bremerhaven, Germany, , 22-JUL-09 - 24-JUL-09 [Details]
Mohamed Ali MA, Toomey RJ, Ryan JT. Cuffe FC, Brennan PC (2009) A novel teaching tool using dynamic cues improves visualisation of chest lesions by naive observers Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging Meeting Orlando, Florida, USA, , 07-FEB-09 - 11-FEB-09 [Details]
McEntee MF, O'Beirne A, Ryan J, Toomey RJ, Evanoff MG, Chakraborty DP, Manning D, Brennan PC. (2009) Nuisance levels of noise effects radiologists performance Medical Image Perception Society (MIPS) Santa Barbara, California, USA, , 01-NOV-09 - 02-NOV-09 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Ryan JT, McEntee MF, Evanoff MG, Hayes A, Brenan PC (2009) The Impacts of Retinal Image Size and Resolution on Detection of Pulmonary Nodules Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, Illinois, USA, , 29-NOV-09 - 04-DEC-09 [Details]
Mohamed Ali MA, Toomey RJ, Ryan JT, Cuffe F, Brennan PC. (2009) A novel teaching tool using dynamic cueing improves chest radiograph interpretation for novices SPIE Medical Imaging [Details]
Brennan PC, Toomey RJ, Evanoff M, Ryan JM, McEntee M, McNulty JP, Chakraborty DP; (2009) The Potential of Apple iTouch Technology to Display Radiological Images Radiological Society of North America, 95th Annual Meeting Chicago, USA, , 29-NOV-09 - 04-DEC-09 [Details]
Ryan J, Toomey RJ, Evanoff M, McEntee M, Mcnulty J, Brennan PC (2009) Region-of-Interest Variance Using Tablet Interaction Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Chicago, Illinois, USA, , 29-NOV-09 - 04-DEC-09 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Ryan J, Mc Entee MF, Evanoff M, Manning D, Brennan PC (2008) Personal Digital Assistants Are Comparable To Standard LCD Monitors For The Detection Of Intracranial Bleeds And Wrist Fractures United Kingdom Radiological Congress (UKRC) Birmingham, UK, , 02-JUN-08 - 04-JUN-08 [Details]
Toomey RJ, Curran K, D¿Helft C, Joyce MB, Stowe J, Ryan JT, McEntee MF, Manning DJ, Brennan PC (2008) Visual adaptation: softcopy image contribution to the observer's field of view Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging San Diego, California, USA, , 16-FEB-08 - 21-FEB-08 [Details]
O¿Connell NM, Toomey RJ, McEntee M, Ryan J, Stowe J, Adams A, Brennan PC (2008) Radiological image presentation requires consideration of human adaptation characteristics Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Medical Imaging San Diego, California, USA, , 16-FEB-08 - 28-FEB-08 [Details]
Toomey RJ, McEntee MF, Manning DJ, Ryan JT, Curran KM, Brennan PC; (2007) Optimisation of Current and Novel Display Technologies for Radiological Images United Kingdom Radiological Congress Manchester, UK, , 08-JUN-07 - 10-JUN-07 [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Rachel's interests are wide ranging, including subjects as diverse as education and veterinary imaging; however, at present the primary focus of her research is medical image display and perception.
     

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My experience, both in learning and teaching, reflects the evidence in literature that constructivist, active learning can lead to better retention and application of concepts, greater motivation, and more positive attitudes. Therefore I integrate student-centred methods where possible. I align assessment closely with desired learning outcomes and value student feedback.
     

Developing as a Teacher

I am committed to continuing to improving my teaching, for the benefit of both my students and myself. Just as I believe in fostering critical thinking in my students, I must employ the same to my own work and teaching. For this reason, I review my teaching philosophy periodically and reflect on my teaching practices, keeping a note of successes, failures and moments of inspiration. I have attended several workshops offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, which have covered topics such as effective assessment, problem-based learning and reflective writing, and am currently studying for a Professional Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.
 

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

American Board of Radiology