Research Project Areas

The types of projects defined below are appropriate for the Virtual Symposium on Research and research grant funding.

Case Series

A detailed analysis of medical cases in order to draw conclusions regarding protocol, technique or outcomes. Example: Study of exams using contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance breast imaging to illustrate breast pathologies depicted with MR and common technical problems encountered.

Clinical Study

An evaluation of patient care or positioning techniques using dry bone specimens and/or human subjects. Example: Laboratory and clinical testing to determine whether new positioning landmarks can help radiographers position the lateral scapula and scapular Y projections more accurately.

Meta Analysis

A statistical method of combining results from multiple independent studies with similar hypotheses to yield an overall measure of effect size. Example: A synthesis of study results to evaluate the relative cost and efficiency of PACS vs. film-based imaging and archiving.

Qualitative Study

A descriptive study to collect and analyze in-depth narrative data that provides information about the subjective meaning of phenomena. Example: A content analysis of the text of employer job postings and educational program promotional materials to define the role of the radiation therapist as portrayed by media.

Research Synthesis

A review of the literature on a particular subject used to present new conclusions or previously overlooked gaps in research. Example: A review of the professional literature to determine the historical context in which gastrointestinal radiographers emerged in the United Kingdom and their documented performance to determine whether the U.K. model could apply to American radiologist assistants.

Survey Research

A questionnaire or interview used to obtain information about practices, opinions or attitudes of a small population, which is generalized to a larger population. Example: Data collected to evaluate the changes in technology and roles and duties of R.T.s to rank the implications for change in the educational program curricula.