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PERFormance and Evaluation for CT colonography in Symptomatic patients:  A comparison trial of reporting radiographers and subspeciality trainee radiologists undergoing a structured training programme (PERFECTS-2)


Are you:

A radiographer, or specialty trainee radiologist, wanting to learn how to report CT Colonography's (CTC), and have you reported less than 40 CTC's?

Or a consultant radiologist or non-consultant grade radiologists who has independently interpreted > 300 CTC examinations, and are reporting CTC’s as part of your current clinical practice?

If so, we would like your involvement in this exciting multi professional research project. The purpose of the study is to assess the impact of an online CTC interpretation education module, with assessment and structured feedback, on CTC performance amongst training radiographers and radiologists. This study is being undertaken with the National CT Colonography Training and Accreditation Programmes (NCTCTAP) online interpretation training course. The course will be free of charge to anyone accepted on the research study.

Those taking part in the training arm will undertake 10 baseline validated test cases, be trained using the NCTCTAP training system, and then complete a further 20 validated test cases. Control arm (clinically experienced reporting radiologists) will complete only the end 20 validated test cases and receive no training during the research but will be able to access the NCTCTAP training packages after they have completed the 20 test cases.

This unique training opportunity will take place online, with interactive training modules, lots of validated CTC cases to review, mini tests and automated feedback. The learning pace can be set by you the trainee. There will also be chance to have mentored Teams sessions with expert  CTC reporters.

It is expected that to complete the training and be part of the study will be approximately 40 hours over 4 months for the interventional arm, 10 hours over 1 month for the experienced control arm. However, you will need to allocate sufficient time to participate, and we would encourage you to only join if you have time to complete all of the activities listed in the Participant Information leaflet (PIL) and have the support of your imaging department.

The study may benefit you by improving your CT colonography interpretation and also enabling you to benchmark your performance against other participants. Please note your individual performance will not be identifiable to other participants or in any publication.

Name of Researcher: Rachel Baldwin-Cleland (PhD student - Clinical Fellow)

Name of Principal Researcher: Prof Stuart Taylor (Professor of Medical Imaging – UCL)

Supervisors: Prof Steve Halligan & Prof Siwan Thomas-Gibson

This study is approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee: Project ID number:  25469/001

If you are interested in hearing more please complete this Expression of Interest form.