Research informed teaching of dose creep in MRS342 using a Charles Sturt University peer reviewed study.

Activity: Scholarly activities in Learning and Teaching reflectionPeer reviewed publication reflection


Reflection What? MRS342 Image Critique & Image Interpretation is a new second year subject in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science, Diagnostic Radiography. Dose creep is a phenomenon where exposure parameters are purposefully but inappropriately increased to improve digital image quality, whilst resulting in unnecessarily additional ionising radiation dose to patients. For 2021 delivery, I decided to disseminate the findings of this recently published honours research to inform my undergraduate delivery. I previously supervised this qualitative study as the principal investigator. The research explored perceptions of Charles Sturt University radiography students and made several important recommendations directly relevant to my own teaching. The study was used to help explain the phenomenon of dose creep, as a discussion focus to explore understanding of contributing factors, and was used to demonstrate how research can be used to inform education. The published study was set a key module reading and then directly referenced and discussed in both a lecture and interactive tutorial exploring and evaluating image quality. So what? The study directly explores perceptions of diagnostic radiography at Charles Sturt University. Use of the study resulted in a rich academic discussion during the interactive tutorials about dose creep and the contributing factors that can lead to this phenomenon. The study made the content particularly assessable and resonant to my cohort due to being published by one of our own Alumni. There was additional rich discussion about how the research was conducted and the role and value of honours research within our profession, thereby increasing cohort engagement in research processes and the signposting of important graduate attributes. No formal evaluation of student understanding was attempted in relation to the phenomenon but anecdotally several students shared further research about dose creep via the discussion forum following this particular module. This indicates that the inclusion of this particular research study may have led to further reading and self directed study by some members of the cohort. Use of this study also increased my own passion and engagement by being able to share the findings of the study. Now what? I already actively attempt to make my delivery content as evidence based as possible. This is particularly critical in diagnostic radiography due to the rapid and continuous evolution of our technology and profession. I have had limited opportunity to create research informed content based on my own research. Using Charles Sturt University research outputs to inform content is a critical way to disseminate important research findings but also demonstrate to our cohort that we are actively engaged in relevant research and that our curriculum is also evidence based. For 2022 delivery, I intend to identify recent and current research being conducted within the school and by other members of my academic team directly relevant to the undergraduate curriculum. This will be used to increase the research informed content and disseminate Charle Sturt University research.
PeriodApr 2021 → …
Degree of RecognitionRegional