Dr Desiree O'Leary

Title: Programme Lead Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
Phone: 01782 734112
Email: d.s.o'leary@keele.ac.uk
Location: MAC 1.05
Role: Programme Lead Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
Contacting me: Email
Dr Desiree O'Leary

I trained in Diagnostic Imaging in South Africa and worked there until 1992 when I began to travel extensively with my family. In 1996, I settled in Ireland and worked in St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin until I was seconded to University College Dublin in 2000. I worked at University College Dublin until 2014 when I moved to the UK to work at University of Hertfordshire until April 2017.

I have a Higher Diploma in Radionuclide Imaging from University College Dublin and then went on to complete my Masters in Radionuclide Imaging in 2002. In 2010, I completed my PhD (Medicine) in Optimisation of Mammographic Examinations. I have wide research interest and currently have 3 PhD students (2 in Radiography and one in Physiotherapy).

Selected Publications

  • Alomaim W, O'Leary DS, Ryan J, Rainford L, Evanoff M, Foley S. 2019. Variability of breast density classification between US and UK radiologists. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. doi> full text>
  • Borg Grima K, O'Leary DS, Bezzina P, Rainford L. 2014. Current Techniques and Practices for Myocardial Stress Testing—A Comparative Survey between Malta and International Nuclear Medicine Centres. Open Journal of Clinical Diagnostics, vol. 4(4), 217-226. doi>
  • Joyce M and O'Leary DS. 2014. The Increased Source to Image-receptor Distance Technique: What Is Preventing Implementation in Clinical Practice?. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 45(3), 260-268. doi>
  • Joyce M, McEntree M, Brennan PC, O'Leary DS. 2013. Reducing Dose for Digital Cranial Radiography: The Increased Source to the Image-receptor Distance Approach. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 44(4), 180-187. doi>
  • O'Leary D and Rainford L. 2013. A comparison of mean glandular dose diagnostic reference levels within the all-digital Irish National Breast Screening Programme and the Irish Symptomatic Breast Services. Radiat Prot Dosimetry, vol. 153(3), 300-308. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Alomaim W, O'Leary DS, Ryan J, Rainford L, Evanoff M, Foley S. 2019. Variability of breast density classification between US and UK radiologists. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. doi> full text>
  • Borg Grima K, O'Leary DS, Bezzina P, Rainford L. 2014. Current Techniques and Practices for Myocardial Stress Testing—A Comparative Survey between Malta and International Nuclear Medicine Centres. Open Journal of Clinical Diagnostics, vol. 4(4), 217-226. doi>
  • Joyce M and O'Leary DS. 2014. The Increased Source to Image-receptor Distance Technique: What Is Preventing Implementation in Clinical Practice?. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 45(3), 260-268. doi>
  • Joyce M, McEntree M, Brennan PC, O'Leary DS. 2013. Reducing Dose for Digital Cranial Radiography: The Increased Source to the Image-receptor Distance Approach. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, vol. 44(4), 180-187. doi>
  • O'Leary D and Rainford L. 2013. A comparison of mean glandular dose diagnostic reference levels within the all-digital Irish National Breast Screening Programme and the Irish Symptomatic Breast Services. Radiat Prot Dosimetry, vol. 153(3), 300-308. link> doi>
  • O'Leary DS. 2005. A parathyroid scintigraphy case study. Radiography, vol. 11(2), 141-146. doi>
  • Huda W, Ogden KM, Brennan PC, O'Leary DS. 2005. Comments on 'Increasing film-focus distance (FFD) reduces radiation dose for X-ray examinations' by P.C. Brennan, S. McDonnell and D. O'Leary. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol. 113(4), 453-455. doi>
  • Brennan PC, McDonnell S, O'Leary DS. 2004. Increasing film-focus distance (FFD) reduces radiation dose for x-ray examinations. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, vol. 108(3), 263-268.
  • Doherty P, O'Leary D, Brennan PC. 2003. Do CEC guidelines under-utilise the full potential of increasing kVp as a dose-reducing tool?. Eur Radiol, vol. 13(8), 1992-1999. link> doi>

I have a wide range of teaching interests apart from all radiography related subjects. I am particularly interested in infection control, research methods and medical ethics.