Researchers at UCD

Kate Matthews

Senior Lecturer

School Of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166528


Kate practised as a radiographer in England and Ireland before coming to the then UCD School of Diagnostic Imaging as a Radiography lecturer. During her clinical career, she particularly worked in trauma, paediatric and neonatal radiography, angiography and computed tomography. 

As Head of Diagnostic Imaging for thirteen years from 1993 to 2006 Kate led the development of the first radiography degree in Europe in 1989, and in 1993 directed the redevelopment of this degree as a four year honours programme. At the same time, she promoted a progressive increase in Radiography student cohort from 8 to 40 per annum, and liaised with the Departments of Health and Education in securing resources for these developments.

Between 1993 and 2003, Kate was responsible for the burgeoning graduate profile of Radiography in UCD, overseeing the introduction of postgraduate courses in Ultrasound, Computed Tomography, Radionuclide Imaging, Magnetic Resonance and Breast Imaging, and supporting the first postgraduate researchers in Diagnostic Imaging.

An ongoing campaign to move Radiography onto the UCD campus reached fruition in 2005, and Kate was part of the design team and led the campaign which secured state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging facilities for the Health Sciences Centre.

As Director of Quality for the School of Medicine and Medical Science, from 2007-2009, Kate directed the School¿s first internal Quality Review post modularisation, and assembled the associated Self Assessment Report.

Kate retains her enthusiasm for paediatric radiography and promotion of independent research in Radiography, and leads modules in these areas for undergraduate students.



Peer Reviewed Journals

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]
Matthews K, Brennan PC; (2009) 'Optimisation of X-ray Examinations: General Perspectives and an Irish Perspective'. Radiography, 15 :262-268. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Kate Matthews, Patrick C. Brennan; (2009) 'The application of diagnostic reference levels: General principles and an Irish perspective'. Radiography, 15 :171-178. [DOI] [Details]
Matthews K, Brennan PC; (2008) 'Justification of X-ray examinations: General principles and an Irish perspective'. Radiography, 14 (4):349-355. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

Matthews K, McEntee M (2012) An Investigation of Good Practices for Paediatric Radiography in Ireland ISRRT 17th Annual World Congress [Details]
Matthews K (2012) Developing Student Empathy with a Child's Perspective of the X-ray Department ISRRT 17th Annual World Congress [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]
Matthews K, Butler ML (2013) Aligning Assessment with Graduate Attributes and Professional Skills: our Experience in First Year Radiography Irish Network of Medical Ediucators (INMED) Annual Conference [Details]
Matthews K, McEntee M; (2011) Mobile chest radiography on Special Care Baby Units - can we improve our practice? European Congress of Radiology 2011 Vienna, , 03-MAR-11 - 07-MAR-11 , pp.S262-S262 [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]
Matthews K, Brennan PC; (2008) A survey to establish some DRLs for paediatric radiography in Ireland . In: British Journal of Radiology Congress Series eds. UK Radiological Congress 2008 Birmingham, , 02-JUN-08 - 04-JUN-08 [Details]
Matthews K, Furlong B; (2004) An analysis of the implementation of Irish legislation in establishing the pregnancy status of relevant female patients Radiological Society of North America Chicago, [Details]
Matthews K, Brennan PC; (2004) Paediatric patient dose variations in Irish X-ray Departments Radiological Society of North America Chicago, [Details]
McCrudden T, Brennan PC, Matthews K; (2004) Performance testing on X-ray equipment used for paediatric radiography in Ireland Radiological Society of North America Chicago, [Details]
Matthews K; (2004) Questioning females of reproductive capacity: implications of S.I.478 of 2002 European Communities (Medical Ionising Radiation Protection) Regulations 8th Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography [Details]
McCrudden T, Brennan PC, Matthews K; (2004) The Calibration Accuracy of Dose-Area Product Meters in Irish Imaging Departments performing Paediatric Radiography United Kingdom Radiological Congress [Details]
Doyle CA, Matthews K; (2004) Pain Measurement during Mammography: Conclusions from a Recent Survey United Kingdom Radiological Congress Manchester, [Details]
Doyle CA, Matthews K; (2004) Multifactorial Influences on Pain During Mammography Radiological Society of North America Chicago, [Details]
Matthews K, Brennan P; (2003) Examination Optimisation in diagnostic paediatric radiography in Ireland United Kingdom Radiological Congress Birmingham, [Details]


Diamond, L., Matthews, K. Mc Entee, M.; (2006) Irish Institute of Radiography Guidelines on Best Practice in Intravenous Administration. Reports [Details]


Research Interests

Research projects have included optimisation of imaging examinations, quality assurance in education and healthcare, education research, exploration of professional roles and paediatric imaging and practice. Currently Kate continues to focus on paediatric radiography, investigating the radiography of children in Ireland in the context of legislation and official documentation concerning justification, optimisation and the establishment of national paediatric Diagnostic Reference Levels. The purpose of the research is to contribute positively to the development of paediatric radiography services nationally.                      



Modules Coordinated

201200   RDGY30320     Radiography: Introduction to Research
201200   RDGY30090     Radiography: Radiography Research Project
201200   RDGY20190     Radiography: Paediatric Radiography