Eileen Giles

Eileen Giles
University of South Australia | UniSA · School of Health Sciences

B Ap Sc Med Rad (RT). M Hlth Sc (MRS), FASMIRT

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January 2006 - present
University of South Australia
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IntroductionThis article presents the results of a single-day census of radiation therapy (RT) treatment and technology use in Australia. The primary aim of the study was to ascertain patterns of RT practice and technology in use across Australia. These data were primarily collated to inform curriculum development of academic programs, thereby ensu...
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IntroductionMedical radiation science (MRS) disciplines include medical imaging, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. These allied health fields are technology driven and evolving rapidly with regard to imaging and treatment techniques within the clinical environment. This research aims to identify the activities academics are currently particip...
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Purpose: Prior to 2009, one of the problems faced by radiation therapists who supervised and assessed students on placement in Australian clinical centres, was that each of the six Australian universities where Radiation Therapy (RT) programmes were conducted used different clinical assessment and reporting criteria. This paper describes the develo...
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Purpose: The Australian Universities Radiation Therapy Student Clinical Assessment Form (AURTSCAF) was designed to assess the clinical skills of radiation therapy (RT) students from the six universities that offer entry level RT programs. Given the AURTSCAF has now been in use for over two years, the Radiation Therapy Program Coordinators (RTPC) gr...
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all facets of life. In medical radiation science (MRS) education, the effects on continuity of learning were felt by educators, students and clinical supervisors both nationally and internationally. The focus of this commentary is on the common elements that impacted MRS students, specifically related to ca...
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The aim was to explore various national and international clinical decision-making tools and dose comparison methods used for selecting cancer patients for proton versus X-ray radiation therapy. To address this aim, a literature search using defined scoping review methods was performed in Medline and Embase databases as well as grey literature. Art...
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Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) radiotherapy is a technique used to manage early stage left-sided breast cancer. This study compared dosimetric indices of patient-specific X-ray versus proton therapy DIBH plans to explore differences in target coverage, radiation doses to organs at risk, and the impact of breast size. Radiotherapy plans of sixt...
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Objectives: A randomised controlled trial was undertaken to compare the efficacy of topical Calendula officinalis (Calendula) versus standard of care (Sorbolene: 10% glycerine in cetomacragol cream) in reducing the prevalence of radiation-induced dermatitis in women undergoing breast cancer radiotherapy. Methods: A total of 271 women were screen...
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Introduction: This study aimed to determine a maximal pelvic separation and waist circumference in pelvic patients to guide radiation therapists in acquiring kilovoltage (kV) planar images of acceptable quality for treatment verification. Methods: A pelvic anthropomorphic phantom modified with different bolus thicknesses was imaged at various de...
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Allied health professionals require an understanding of anatomy for purposes such as planning radiotherapy, or treating muscle imbalance. In practice, they will rarely see the structure they are treating, but seeing it during their education is invaluable. To reveal deep structures in the human body, neighbouring structures are unavoidably removed...
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Background: Several studies have investigated cardiac dose reduction when utilizing the deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) technique in patients undergoing radiotherapy for left-sided breast cancer. This paper aims to recommend potential selection criteria based on a retrospective single institute study of free breathing (FB) and DIBH computed to...
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Clinical implementation of proton therapy demonstrated its potential to overcome some limitations of the more traditional, photon-based radiotherapy, due to physical and radiobiological advantages of protons. However, questions concerning the long-term effects of protons on paediatric patients need outcome analysis of the reported literature in ord...
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Introduction: Lung cancer is a disease which, despite the advancements in treatment, still has a very poor 5-year survival rate. Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) is a highly advanced, sophisticated, and safe treatment which allows patients with early stage lung cancer to be treated effectively without invasive procedures and with exc...
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Stereotactic ablative radiation therapy for lung cancer is an advanced technique where tumours are ablated with hypofractionated radiation doses, with a high degree of accuracy. The aim of this paper is to review the available literature and to discuss the SABR-induced toxicities for lung malignancies as a function of radiation delivery technique....
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Introduction The Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) is a high-fidelity simulation hardware and software resource that replicates the expensive and high-pressure clinical environment of a radiotherapy treatment machine. The simulation allows students to gain confidence with clinical techniques in a safe and unpressured academic env...
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Rationale and objectives: The literature surrounding interprofessional education claims that students who learn with, from, and about one another in well-designed interprofessional programs will practice together collaboratively upon graduation, given the skills to do so. The objective of this study was to examine attitudes to interprofessional pr...
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An inter-professional learning workshop for mammography and sonography students focussing on breast cancer care and management via simulation. Aims: 1. To apply theoretical knowledge to a clinical scenario 2. To explore the impact of inter-professional learning and simulation on attitudes of sonography and mammography students in terms of learning...
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Clinical skill development – Combining Creative Methods, Old and New Context Electron beam therapy represents the minority of cases treated clinically. Consequently it is difficult to ensure that students have adequate exposure to the electron setup technique. To address this gap in learning from theory to practice, two practical tutorials were...
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It is commonly accepted that radiation therapy is a rapidly evolving profession with an astonishing rate of technological development. Accordingly there is much data in the literature concerning this from international studies. A Canadian study1 examined the availability of IMRT between 2006 and 2010, while regular longitudinal studies into infrast...
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Purpose/Objective A joint submission for funding made to the Australian Government by a group of Australian Universities was approved in 2011. As a result Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT™) facilities were installed in each University where Radiotherapy entry level programs are offered. Five fully immersive 3D installations were fun...
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The opportunity for first-year health sciences student to interact with patients is usually limited. The challenge for health sciences academics teaching first year foundation courses is to demonstrate to students the relevance and links to professional practice of these courses. In the sciences and health sciences practical classes provide student...
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Abstract Purpose : To investigate whether simulated learning programs can be expanded to include aspects of clinical education in medical radiation science (MRS) curricula. Methods : Information about the use and perceptions of simulation in MRS education was collected from academic, clinical and accrediting stakeholders using semi‐structured telep...
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Abstract Purpose : Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is treatment using stereotactic techniques outside of the brain. SBRT involves accurate delivery of an extremely hypofractionated treatment which should be beneficial for tumours with a low α/β ratio. The focus of the review is on low risk localised prostate cancer due to the low α/β rat...
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Many Allied Health discipline programs include mandatory periods of clinical placement training to satisfy the requirements accrediting bodies. This is a considerable burden on clinical placement providers and a limitation on increasing student numbers and ultimately to contributing to the health workforce. If Simulation of clinical training in the university setting could be recognized as a part replacement for clinical placement then a potential reduction in clinical time is arguable. Evidence supporting this is scarce but perhaps this is being investigated (?) I'd like to know.

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