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 Robert Meertens

Robert Meertens

Lecturer (Medical Imaging) and PhD student

2511

South Cloisters G.23

Rob has worked as a Medical Imaging Lecturer at the University of Exeter since March 2013. He teaches on undergraduate modules covering clinical placements, pathology, and radiographic equipment as part of his teaching role.  This also includes academic tutoring, supervising undergraduate projects and supervising Masters by Research students.

Previously Rob has accumulated over nine years’ clinical experience as a diagnostic radiographer, including expertise in computed tomography, coronary angiography, neurological angiography and bone mineral densitometry. An interest in CT colonography led Rob to successfully completing an MSc in Health Services Research at the University of York with distinction. This included a systematic review and meta-analysis on the accuracy of radiographer reporting of intra-luminal pathology on CT Colonography examinations. This piece of work went on for publication in Clinical Radiology and for presentation at UKRC 2012. Dissemination was financially supported by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS Application 051).

Qualifications

  • MSc (Health Services Research), University of York , 2011
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, 2015
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter, 2015
  • BAppSci (Medical Radiations Technology), Queensland University of Technology, 2003

Research

Research interests

Rob is also currently undertaking a PhD with support from the CoRIPS Doctoral Fellowship Grant.  This research project is investigating the microvascular health of bone tissue in people with type 2 diabetes using a novel diagnostic technique: near infrared spectroscopy.  Rob also now peer reviews for Radiography and the Cochrane Collaboration's Diagnostic Test Accuracy Editorial Board.  He is an active member of the South West's Council for Allied Health Professions Research (SW-CAHPR).

Rob also has an interest in educational research including themes around inter professional working, involving service users in healthcare education and peer assisted learning.

Funding

  • College of Radiographers Industrial Partnership Scheme (CoRIPS) Research Award funding £500 for dissemination of “A Systematic Review of the Accuracy of Radiographer Reporting in Gastrointestinal Examinations” (Application 051).

Research projects

  • Society and College of Radiographers CoRIPS Doctoral Fellowship Grant:  The use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to measure the microvascular haemodynamics in bone tissue.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Meertens RM, Knapp KM, Strain WD, Casanova F (2016). The Effects of Lumbar Sympathectomy on Bone and Soft Tissue Haemodynamics of the Leg recorded using Near Infrared Spectroscopy: a Case Report. Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, 3, 28-32.
Meertens R (2016). Utilisation of a peer assisted learning scheme in an undergraduate diagnostic radiography module. Radiography, 22(1), e69-e74. Abstract.
Meertens RM, Strain WD, Knapp KM (2015). A Review of the Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment of Osteoporotic Fragility Fractures in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Volume 5(Number 1-2), 157-162. Abstract.  Full text.
Rimes SJ, Fox D, Knapp KM, Meertens R (2015). The development and evaluation of an audit tool for measuring reporting accuracy of radiographers compared with radiologists for intra-luminal pathology detected at computed tomography colonography (CTC). Radiography, 21(3), 264-268. Abstract.
Meertens R, Brealey S, Nightingale J, McCoubrie P (2013). Diagnostic accuracy of radiographer reporting of computed tomography colonography examinations: a systematic review. Clinical Radiology
Knapp KM, Meertens RM, Seymour R (2013). Imaging in Osteoporosis. CME Journal: Geriatric Medicine, 10 Full text.

Conferences

Meertens RM, Knapp KM, Strain WD, Casanova F (2016). The use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as a diagnostic tool to measure microvascular haemodynamics in bone tissue. National Osteoporosis Society 2016. 7th - 9th Nov 2016.
Meertens RM (2015). An Evaluation of Service Users as an Educational Resource in an Undergraduate Diagnostic Radiography Module. UKRC 2015. 29th Jun - 1st Jul 2015.

Publications by year


2016

Meertens RM, Knapp KM, Strain WD, Casanova F (2016). The Effects of Lumbar Sympathectomy on Bone and Soft Tissue Haemodynamics of the Leg recorded using Near Infrared Spectroscopy: a Case Report. Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, 3, 28-32.
Meertens RM, Knapp KM, Strain WD, Casanova F (2016). The use of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) as a diagnostic tool to measure microvascular haemodynamics in bone tissue. National Osteoporosis Society 2016. 7th - 9th Nov 2016.
Meertens R (2016). Utilisation of a peer assisted learning scheme in an undergraduate diagnostic radiography module. Radiography, 22(1), e69-e74. Abstract.

2015

Meertens RM, Strain WD, Knapp KM (2015). A Review of the Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment of Osteoporotic Fragility Fractures in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Volume 5(Number 1-2), 157-162. Abstract.  Full text.
Meertens RM (2015). An Evaluation of Service Users as an Educational Resource in an Undergraduate Diagnostic Radiography Module. UKRC 2015. 29th Jun - 1st Jul 2015.
Rimes SJ, Fox D, Knapp KM, Meertens R (2015). The development and evaluation of an audit tool for measuring reporting accuracy of radiographers compared with radiologists for intra-luminal pathology detected at computed tomography colonography (CTC). Radiography, 21(3), 264-268. Abstract.

2013

Meertens R, Brealey S, Nightingale J, McCoubrie P (2013). Diagnostic accuracy of radiographer reporting of computed tomography colonography examinations: a systematic review. Clinical Radiology
Knapp KM, Meertens RM, Seymour R (2013). Imaging in Osteoporosis. CME Journal: Geriatric Medicine, 10 Full text.

Committee/panel activities

  • Society and College of Radiographers Research Group Member (2016-ongoing).

Awards

  • Invitation to the 2015 American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) Leadership Academy for Educators in Albuquerque, United States.

Rob is module lead on two undergraduate modules:

  • PAM1017:  Clinical Imaging 1
  • PAM3005:  Practice Placement 3

Rob also teaches on several modules including:

  • PAM1014:  Radiation Physics
  • PAM2012:  Pathology for Radiographers
  • PAM2901:  Medical Imaging:  Principles and Applications

Outside of this Rob also is an academic tutor and supervises Masters by Research and undergraduate research projects.

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