Medical Radiations

Welcome to the home page of the Medical Radiations research group.  

This research group focuses on radiation and non-radiation medical imaging and radiation therapy clinical practices and technologies, education and research and development.

Team Members

Kerry Thoirs, Nayana Parange, Eileen Giles, Michala Short, Debbie Howson, Brooke Osborne, Donna Matthews, Jessie Childs, Denise Ogilvie, Jane Shepherdson, Cristina Blefari.

Snapshot of 2015

  • A project and an inter-professional workshop were conducted to use simulation at the Breastscreen SA and UNISA joint mammography course. The results were presented at Sim Health in August.
  • Members of the group participated in an organization of a seminar day titled Change and Innovation in SA.  It was a successful day with over 160 delegates. Streams included: Radiation Therapy, Medical Imaging, CT as well as MRI.  A plenary session in the afternoon had invited guests speaking about the New RAH and how it will impact our profession as well as Emergency Retrieval Medicine
  • Our sonography team has been instrumental in developing the Australian ultrasound outreach initiative officially launched this year. An outreach ultrasound workshop in Whyalla in June in liaison with URDH, ASUM, ISUOG and industry partners.
  • Similar outreach education and training program in point of care obstetrics-gynaecology ultrasound was delivered in PNG.
  • Our Sonography program is the most popular and currently the largest in Australia New Zealand. It is fully online with around 1000 students currently enrolled.
  • A new high fidelity simulator purchased, it uses so-called haptic technology and is useful in training students to perform transvaginal gynaecologic and obstetric scans. Currently we have some of the best simulator equipment for training.
  • A project commenced, in collaboration with Auckland University, on using a clinical decision making framework with sonography students. This will continue in 2016.
  • A teaching project with the physio group, titled: Evaluation of an interdisciplinary education intervention to develop novice medical radiation sciences students’ manual handling skills, is currently investigating to implement fourth year physiotherapy students teaching manual handling skills to first year medical radiations students.
  • Professional evidence was provided to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, currently under way in SA, in relation to growth of nuclear medicine, production of clinical radioisotopes and waste storage.
  • Project completed under the Australian Academy of Science to write a position paper on Future of Accelerators in Australia.
  • Fruitful collaboration is being developed with the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Research Unit, SAHMRI, developing experimental research beam-line on a cyclotron for radiobiological experiments. It is expected that this collaboration will lead to postgraduate and R&D projects, grants and publications. Additionally, a first batch of nuclear medicine students participated in their clinical placement at SAHMRI.
  • Research projects supervised by the group include: Illicit stimulant use and substantia nigra morphology; Imaging of bariatric patients in radiation oncology; Investigation of the impact of radiotherapy delay on the survival of high grade glioma patients- a retrospective analysis
  • The group has been very prolific with numerous sonography projects, including: Transvaginal Sonography: The effect of a two minute repeated hand gripping activity upon ultrasound appearances of the median nerve in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS); The acute effects of exercise on tendon dimensions and vascularity. An exploratory study using diagnostic ultrasound and the Achilles tendon; Sonographer reflections on patient experience using a critical incident technique; The normal sonographic fibrillar pattern of the proximal patellar tendon: a descriptive study; Investigations of a relationship between infraspinatus muscle size (measured with ultrasound) and symptoms of subacromial impingement syndrome; Distractors in Obstetric Ultrasound: Do they impact on patient safety and errors? This is a survey of medical sonographers and survey data almost complete.


Professor Eva Bezak is the lead contact for this group and is keen to build a team of others interested in pursuing research in the area and developing teams of collaborators.

To contact Prof. Eva Bezak:


Phone: +61 8 830 21826

Areas of study and research

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