Diagnostic radiography dissertationWatch
I know its a specific topic but I'm kind of struggling to find topics to wrte about as my dissertation for diagnostic radiography. because of COVID I cant actually go into hospitals or anything like that so what they have said I can do is an audit or service evaluation.
I have a deadline to propose what I will need to do next tuesday 7th July. Any Idea would be appreciated.
I know you are stuck, so I thought I might provide a strategy with possible examples [sorry last minute].
One thing I know for a fact is that radiographers are doing more lately than just taking X-rays [e.g. injecting IV contrast medium], CT scans or MRIs etc. I presume you are studying radiography, and therefore have had some clinical exposure since your dissertation problem tells me you are probs a final year student (??).
What I would do, assuming that you are doing a literature research DISSERTATION rather than a practical/clinical PROJECT, is to:
A} first open one of your recommended books on a field that interests you - scan through the contents section and narrow down to 2-3 specific topics that interest you or sound like good broad candidate areas.
B} then look up research papers on each of them to determine the quality, quantity and depth of info available.
C} you should then be able to shortlist to ONE SPECIFIC AREA, which you can then think of a precise topic within.
Let us take an example from my radiology book [it may not be directly relevant to you cos it is a medical book not aimed at radiographers], but hopefully I can illustrate the above-outlined principles so that you can follow an analogous process for your own specific scenario.
I have a special interest in cardiology, and saw pulmonary embolism and ruptured AAA [abdominal aortic aneurysm] as two cases in the cardiology section. Both are very interesting, and show characteristic features on CTPA and CT scans, respectively. Depending on how much supporting clinical info you are taught/need to know, I would probs select PE, then pick a specific topic within this condition - from a radiology point of view, it might involve the absence of opacities [of contrast medium] in large [therefore visible] pulmonary arteries on the scan. I might then think up a topic to research and describe in detail e.g.
a) "Contribution of radiography to the diagnosis of PE before any significant pulmonary infarction."
b) " The role of radiology in the early diagnosis of PE in highly susceptible patients such as those with persistent atrial fibrillation [AF] or post major surgery." [you will know that AF leads to stasis of blood in the atria, hence predisposing the patient to thrombosis therein, which could culminate in an embolic event, either systemic [from left atrium] OR pulmonary [from right atrium]].
c) "Differential diagnosis of PE due to COVID-19 from other causes of PE." [you might know that this deadly virus can cause DIC [disseminated intravascular coagulation]].
My apologies that I am not fully conversant with your course content, but I hope this example directs you to a way to sort your enigma.
Best of luck and be safe!
M [former medical student]