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Dr Christine Heales

Dr Christine Heales

Senior Lecturer (Education and Scholarship)

 01392 72 5044

 South Cloisters 1.32

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I re-joined the Medical Imaging team at the University of Exeter in 2018, having been Principal Radiographer for a number of years for a MRI department within the South West region.

I have had a varied career as a diagnostic radiographer, ultimately specialising in MRI, and have held roles that included clinical practice, management and leadership. I have been employed in a variety of settings including the NHS and the independent sector as well as academia.

Qualifications

PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI) – Canterbury University, awarded 2012

PhD (Physics) – University of Exeter, awarded 2009

PgC (Academic Practice) – University of Exeter, awarded 2005.

PgC (MRI) – St Martin’s College, Lancaster, awarded 2003.

MSc (Medical Imaging) - University of Portsmouth, awarded 1997.

Diploma of the College of Radiographers (Diagnostic) awarded 1992.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (November 2022)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (December 2007)

Research

Research projects

Exeter Education Incubator Fellow 2020-2021.  Project title: Engaging students in the use of progress testing to enable deep learning.

Exeter Education Incubator Fellow 2021-2022. Project title: Exploring the potential of 3D virtual reality (VR) as part of a blended learning approach to teaching clinical skills to student radiographers

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Melzer D, Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC (In Press). Hemochromatosis mutations, dementia and brain iron deposition: a prospective cohort study.  Abstract.
Green D, Heales CJ, Hughes D, Marsden A, Mills JA (2022). Exploring current undergraduate student perspectives on the introduction of the degree apprenticeship scheme in diagnostic radiography – a single institution study. Radiography, 28(4), 1058-1063.
Heales CJ, Lloyd E (2022). Play simulation for children in magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 53(1), 10-16.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Vine SJ (2022). Radiographer Perspectives on current occurrence and management of claustrophobia in MRI. Radiography, 28(1), 154-161.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Meertens R (2022). Review of claustrophobia incidence in MRI: a service evaluation of current rates across a multi-centre service. Radiography, 28(3), 780-787.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Vine SJ (2022). Scoping review: How is virtual reality being used as a tool to support the experience of undergoing Magnetic resonance imaging?. Radiography, 28(1), 199-207.
Sayed M, Knapp KM, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani SJ (2022). The principles and effectiveness of X-ray scatter correction software for diagnostic X-ray imaging: a Scoping Review. European Journal of Radiology, 110600-110600.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC, Melzer D (2021). Hemochromatosis Mutations, Brain Iron Imaging, and Dementia in the UK Biobank Cohort. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 79(3), 1203-1211. Abstract.
Heales CJ, Mills K, Ladd E (2021). Radiographer advanced and consultant practice and community diagnostic hubs – a vision for the future. Radiography, 27, S28-S33.
Heales CJ, Summers IR, Fulford J, Knapp K, Winlove CP (2019). Investigation of changes in bone density and chemical composition associated with bone marrow oedema-type appearances in magnetic resonance images of the equine forelimb. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 20, 330-330.

Conferences

Heales C, Sargent K (2022). Early experiences of the development and use of a Virtual Reality Environment to prepare patients for MR Imaging. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC, Melzer D (2022). Hereditary haemochromatosis mutations, brain iron imaging and dementia risk in the UK Biobank cohort.  Author URL.
Corin K, Heales C, Jack A (2022). Service Evaluation of a one-stop lumbar spine pathway:. From referral to nerve root block via MRI. UK Imaging and Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022.
Rodrigues L, Knapp K, Meakin J, Heales C, Alqahtani A, Gill M, Haji Abdullah Z, Vilela-Mansell C, Ding C (2022). Trabecular bone score (TBS) role in fracture risk assessment. European Congress of Radiology. 13th - 17th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani S, Rimes S, Moffatt D (2022). Virtual grid software for scatter correction to improve image quality and reduce radiation dose, assessed using a TOR CDR image quality phantom. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani S, Rimes S, Moffatt D, Najaran SA (2022). X-ray scatter correction software for improving image quality and reducing radiation dose in large anatomical regions. European Congress of Radiology. 13th - 17th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqhatani S (2022). X-ray scatter correction software studies for diagnostic X-ray imaging. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D (2021). Clinical Placement Capacity and the Degree Apprenticeship in Diagnostic Radiography. Health Education England: Quality - Good Practice Event (South West). 5th - 5th May 2021. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D (2021). Experiences from the first year of delivery; the degree apprenticeship in diagnostic radiography. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D, Gillett A (2021). Introducing Progress Testing into a pre-registration radiography degree apprenticeship programme. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Kemp L, May K, Smith-Harris N, Heales C (2021). Patient preparedness for MRI - an evaluation of the perceptions of different resource types. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D, Gillett A (2021). Progress Testing: Engaging apprentices radiographers with this method of assessment. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Green D, Heales C (2021). Student perceptions and feelings towards progress testing in radiography. Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship. 10th - 10th Sep 2021. Abstract.
Mills J, Heales C (2020). Degree apprenticeships – the whys and the wherefores in diagnostic radiography. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress 2020. 1st - 3rd Jun 2020. Abstract.
Peters-Cheale P, Hoade L, Heales C, Knapp K (2020). Scope and indications of lumbar spine radiography for lower back pain in the South West. UKIO 2020. 29th Jun - 31st Jul 2020. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D (2020). The degree apprenticeship route into diagnostic radiography: Implications for the workplace. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress. 1st - 3rd Jun 2020. Abstract.
Ashton L, Fulford J, McAnulla S, Knapp KM, Heales C, Silver D, Williams CA (2017). The incidence of bone marrow oedema in asymptomatic adolescent footballers - an observational study.  Abstract.
Mills J, Heales C, Stuckey C, Nicholson D (2017). Using Safety Culture Organisational Reliability and Engagement (SCORE) Survey to Evaluate Safety Culture in Radiology. UK Radiological Congress. 12th - 14th Jun 2017. Abstract.
Willis S, Burnett S, Crompton S, Hiley A, Lynch S, Heales C (2010). Infection Control: Are We Preparing Our Workforce?. UK Radiologica Congress. 7th - 9th Jun 2010. Abstract.
Collins H, Dupe R, Lennard Z, Heales C, Willis S (2010). Optimising cervical spine imaging with digital radiography for the trauma patient. United Kingdom Radiological Congress. 7th - 9th Jun 2010. Abstract.
Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Knapp K, Summers I, Heales C (2009). An investigation of the inter-operator precision associated with two different methods of ultrasound quality assurance. UK Radiological Congress. 8th - 10th Jun 2009.
Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Knapp K, Summers I, Heales C (2009). An investigation of the sensitivity of two ultrasound quality assurance systems to changes in probe performance. UK Radiological Congress. 8th Oct - 10th Jun 2009.
Willis S, Heales C (2009). Can Reflective Practice Promote an Interprofessional Ethos at Undergraduate Level?. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference. 8th - 10th Sep 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Vanstone C, Dobrijevic J, Heales C (2009). Can They Learn Together? Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries and Engaging in Work Shadowing. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference. 8th - 10th Sep 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Heales CJ, Knapp K (2009). Can the Use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) promote students’ preparedness to practice?. Meeting the Challenge of Education and Research Today; a Conference for Health and Social Care Academics. 7th - 7th Apr 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Heales C, Cousens C, Iyengar S, Knapp K (2009). Is the teaching of skeletal image interpretation at undergraduate level effective in preparing students for practice?. UK Radiological Congress. 8th - 10th Jun 2009. Abstract.
Heales C, Willis S (2009). Promoting collaboration through reflection. Edgehill Interprofessional Learning Conference. 1st - 1st Jun 2009. Abstract.
Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Summers I, Heales C (2009). The impact of ultrasound probe frequency on signal-to-noise, spatial resolution and working range. UK Radiological Congress. 8th Oct - 10th Jun 2009.
Heales C, Knapp K, Frost M, Patel R, Moore AEB, Spector T, Fogelman I (2008). Vertebral Fracture Assessment (Using DXA) is a Precise Method of Measuring Intervertebral Disc Height. 2nd Joint Meeting of the Bone Research Society and British Orthopaedic Research Society. 23rd - 25th Jun 2008.
Dell L, Gibbons C, Llewellyn K, Heales C (2007). Wedge filtration; Image Quality and Patient Dose Reduction in the Imaging of the Antero-Posterior Thoracic Spine. UK Radiological Congress. 11th - 13th Jun 2007.
Heales CJ, Knapp KM, Moore AEB, Blake GM, Swaminathan R, Fogelman I (2006). Current pain and the visual analogue scale as a predictor of quality of life in individuals with osteoporosis.  Author URL.
Heales C, Knapp K, Moore AEB, Frost ML, Patel R, Blake GM (2006). Quality of life and current pain levels are associated with fracture rather than with osteoporosis.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Knapp KM, Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Summers IR, Heales CJ (In Press). An investigation of the inter-operator precision associated with two different methods of ultrasound quality assurance.  Abstract.
Melzer D, Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC (In Press). Hemochromatosis mutations, dementia and brain iron deposition: a prospective cohort study.  Abstract.

2022

Heales C, Sargent K (2022). Early experiences of the development and use of a Virtual Reality Environment to prepare patients for MR Imaging. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022.
Green D, Heales CJ, Hughes D, Marsden A, Mills JA (2022). Exploring current undergraduate student perspectives on the introduction of the degree apprenticeship scheme in diagnostic radiography – a single institution study. Radiography, 28(4), 1058-1063.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC, Melzer D (2022). Hereditary haemochromatosis mutations, brain iron imaging and dementia risk in the UK Biobank cohort.  Author URL.
Heales CJ, Lloyd E (2022). Play simulation for children in magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 53(1), 10-16.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Vine SJ (2022). Radiographer Perspectives on current occurrence and management of claustrophobia in MRI. Radiography, 28(1), 154-161.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Meertens R (2022). Review of claustrophobia incidence in MRI: a service evaluation of current rates across a multi-centre service. Radiography, 28(3), 780-787.
Hudson DM, Heales C, Vine SJ (2022). Scoping review: How is virtual reality being used as a tool to support the experience of undergoing Magnetic resonance imaging?. Radiography, 28(1), 199-207.
Corin K, Heales C, Jack A (2022). Service Evaluation of a one-stop lumbar spine pathway:. From referral to nerve root block via MRI. UK Imaging and Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022.
Alberts I (2022). The clinical utility of digital and long field-of-view positron emission/computed tomography for oncology.  Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp KM, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani SJ (2022). The principles and effectiveness of X-ray scatter correction software for diagnostic X-ray imaging: a Scoping Review. European Journal of Radiology, 110600-110600.
Rodrigues L, Knapp K, Meakin J, Heales C, Alqahtani A, Gill M, Haji Abdullah Z, Vilela-Mansell C, Ding C (2022). Trabecular bone score (TBS) role in fracture risk assessment. European Congress of Radiology. 13th - 17th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani S, Rimes S, Moffatt D (2022). Virtual grid software for scatter correction to improve image quality and reduce radiation dose, assessed using a TOR CDR image quality phantom. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqahtani S, Rimes S, Moffatt D, Najaran SA (2022). X-ray scatter correction software for improving image quality and reducing radiation dose in large anatomical regions. European Congress of Radiology. 13th - 17th Jul 2022. Abstract.
Sayed M, Knapp K, Fulford J, Heales C, Alqhatani S (2022). X-ray scatter correction software studies for diagnostic X-ray imaging. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022. Abstract.

2021

Heales C, Green D (2021). Clinical Placement Capacity and the Degree Apprenticeship in Diagnostic Radiography. Health Education England: Quality - Good Practice Event (South West). 5th - 5th May 2021. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D (2021). Experiences from the first year of delivery; the degree apprenticeship in diagnostic radiography. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Atkins JL, Pilling LC, Heales CJ, Savage S, Kuo C-L, Kuchel GA, Steffens DC, Melzer D (2021). Hemochromatosis Mutations, Brain Iron Imaging, and Dementia in the UK Biobank Cohort. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 79(3), 1203-1211. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D, Gillett A (2021). Introducing Progress Testing into a pre-registration radiography degree apprenticeship programme. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Kemp L, May K, Smith-Harris N, Heales C (2021). Patient preparedness for MRI - an evaluation of the perceptions of different resource types. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D, Gillett A (2021). Progress Testing: Engaging apprentices radiographers with this method of assessment. UKIO Congress 2021. 7th - 25th Jun 2021. Abstract.
Heales CJ, Mills K, Ladd E (2021). Radiographer advanced and consultant practice and community diagnostic hubs – a vision for the future. Radiography, 27, S28-S33.
Green D, Heales C (2021). Student perceptions and feelings towards progress testing in radiography. Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship. 10th - 10th Sep 2021. Abstract.

2020

Mills J, Heales C (2020). Degree apprenticeships – the whys and the wherefores in diagnostic radiography. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress 2020. 1st - 3rd Jun 2020. Abstract.
Peters-Cheale P, Hoade L, Heales C, Knapp K (2020). Scope and indications of lumbar spine radiography for lower back pain in the South West. UKIO 2020. 29th Jun - 31st Jul 2020. Abstract.
Heales C, Green D (2020). The degree apprenticeship route into diagnostic radiography: Implications for the workplace. UK Imaging and Oncology Congress. 1st - 3rd Jun 2020. Abstract.

2019

Heales CJ, Summers IR, Fulford J, Knapp K, Winlove CP (2019). Investigation of changes in bone density and chemical composition associated with bone marrow oedema-type appearances in magnetic resonance images of the equine forelimb. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 20, 330-330.

2017

Ashton L, Fulford J, McAnulla S, Knapp KM, Heales C, Silver D, Williams CA (2017). The incidence of bone marrow oedema in asymptomatic adolescent footballers - an observational study.  Abstract.
Mills J, Heales C, Stuckey C, Nicholson D (2017). Using Safety Culture Organisational Reliability and Engagement (SCORE) Survey to Evaluate Safety Culture in Radiology. UK Radiological Congress. 12th - 14th Jun 2017. Abstract.

2010

Willis S, Burnett S, Crompton S, Hiley A, Lynch S, Heales C (2010). Infection Control: Are We Preparing Our Workforce?. UK Radiologica Congress. 7th - 9th Jun 2010. Abstract.
Collins H, Dupe R, Lennard Z, Heales C, Willis S (2010). Optimising cervical spine imaging with digital radiography for the trauma patient. United Kingdom Radiological Congress. 7th - 9th Jun 2010. Abstract.

2009

Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Knapp K, Summers I, Heales C (2009). An investigation of the inter-operator precision associated with two different methods of ultrasound quality assurance. UK Radiological Congress. 8th - 10th Jun 2009.
Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Knapp K, Summers I, Heales C (2009). An investigation of the sensitivity of two ultrasound quality assurance systems to changes in probe performance. UK Radiological Congress. 8th Oct - 10th Jun 2009.
Knapp KM, Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Summers IR, Heales CJ (2009). An investigation of the sensitivity of two ultrasound quality assurance systems to changes in probe performance.  Abstract.
Willis S, Heales C (2009). Can Reflective Practice Promote an Interprofessional Ethos at Undergraduate Level?. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference. 8th - 10th Sep 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Vanstone C, Dobrijevic J, Heales C (2009). Can They Learn Together? Moving Beyond Traditional Boundaries and Engaging in Work Shadowing. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference. 8th - 10th Sep 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Heales CJ, Knapp K (2009). Can the Use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) promote students’ preparedness to practice?. Meeting the Challenge of Education and Research Today; a Conference for Health and Social Care Academics. 7th - 7th Apr 2009. Abstract.
Willis S, Heales C, Cousens C, Iyengar S, Knapp K (2009). Is the teaching of skeletal image interpretation at undergraduate level effective in preparing students for practice?. UK Radiological Congress. 8th - 10th Jun 2009. Abstract.
Knapp KM, Willis SJ, Heales CJ, Cousens C, Iyengar S (2009). Is the teaching of skeletal image-interpretation at undergraduate level effective in preparing students for practice?.  Abstract.
Heales C, Willis S (2009). Promoting collaboration through reflection. Edgehill Interprofessional Learning Conference. 1st - 1st Jun 2009. Abstract.
Green L, Pickett N, Rendell L, Summers I, Heales C (2009). The impact of ultrasound probe frequency on signal-to-noise, spatial resolution and working range. UK Radiological Congress. 8th Oct - 10th Jun 2009.

2008

Heales C, Knapp K, Frost M, Patel R, Moore AEB, Spector T, Fogelman I (2008). Vertebral Fracture Assessment (Using DXA) is a Precise Method of Measuring Intervertebral Disc Height. 2nd Joint Meeting of the Bone Research Society and British Orthopaedic Research Society. 23rd - 25th Jun 2008.

2007

Dell L, Gibbons C, Llewellyn K, Heales C (2007). Wedge filtration; Image Quality and Patient Dose Reduction in the Imaging of the Antero-Posterior Thoracic Spine. UK Radiological Congress. 11th - 13th Jun 2007.

2006

Heales CJ, Knapp KM, Moore AEB, Blake GM, Swaminathan R, Fogelman I (2006). Current pain and the visual analogue scale as a predictor of quality of life in individuals with osteoporosis.  Author URL.
Heales C, Knapp K, Moore AEB, Frost ML, Patel R, Blake GM (2006). Quality of life and current pain levels are associated with fracture rather than with osteoporosis.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

The College of Radiographers' Beth Whittaker Prize for the best poster by a radiographer at UKIO 2022 (Heales C, Sargent K (2022). Early experiences of the development and use of a Virtual Reality Environment to prepare patients for MR Imaging. UK Imaging & Oncology. 4th - 6th Jul 2022.)


External Examiner Positions

City, University of London: Postgraduate CT and MRI (2018 - on-going)


External positions

Approval and Accreditation Assessor for the Society and College of Radiographers

Member of the MR Advisory Group, Society and College of Radiographers

Invited Reviewer for ‘Radiography’ journal

British Institute of Radiology Expert Panel - MRI Essentials Video Course


Invited lectures

Eden Learning (MRI)

Teaching

Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging Degree Apprenticeship

Modules

2022/23


Supervision / Group

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