Associate Professor Kelly Spuur

AscDip(DiagMedRad)(SCTAFE) ,DipHSci(MedImag) (CSU) ,BApSc(MedImag)(CSU) ,PhD (Usyd), GradCertLearn&TeachHigherEd (CSU)

Associate Head (Medical Radiation Science & Pharmacy) / Associate Professor in Medical Imaging
Wagga Wagga
Building 30 Room 274

Associate Professor Kelly Spuur is an Ahpra registered Diagnostic Radiographer with specialisation in diagnostic and screening mammography. Kelly trained at Westmead and Manly District Hospitals in Sydney before relocating to private practice in regional NSW in 1992. Kelly grew her original technical college qualification, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Imaging) at Charles Sturt and a PhD in Medical Imaging at the University of Sydney. She commenced teaching at Charles Sturt in 2002 moving into full time academia in 2008. Kelly has held a number of senior leadership and management positions at Charles Sturt including Associate Head of School for the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, Discipline Lead and Course Coordinator; and at CQUniversity, Head of Program for the medical imaging and medical sonography programs in their inaugural year. Currently Kelly is the Associate Head of School for Medical Radiation Science and Pharmacy and Head of Discipline for Medical Radiation Science.

Kelly has a broad undergraduate and post graduate teaching and research interest in all modalities across the medical radiation sciences and currently coordinates the final year of the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations) course.

Kelly was awarded Fellowship of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) in 2016 and is the current chair of the ASMIRT Breast Imaging Reference Group (BIRG).

Research interests include:
  • Mammographic image quality and image evaluation systems
  • Mammography positioning techniques and training
  • Quality assurance in breast imaging
  • Visual grading analysis
  • Computed tomography (CT)

Current projects focus on the PGMI image evaluation system; benchmarking and evidence based practice in mammographic image quality analysis; mammography and pacemakers, off centring in diagnostic CT and coned beam breast CT.

Current HDR supervision/Projects:

(Primary supervisor) PhD: Development and Validation of a Visual Grading Scale for Assessing Image Quality of Breast Images

(Co supervisor) PhD: The impact of patient off-centring on CT number and radiation dose during CT imaging

(Primary Supervisor): Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging) (Honours) Mammography: Approaches to Imaging Women with Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices (CIEDs) in Australia

Project: Creating an evidence base for deodorant use in mammography.

Teaching philosophy:

Kelly believes in sharing knowledge and supporting learning through open and personal engagement, aiming to ensure that students feel welcomed, safe and supported in their learning environment. Kelly’s teaching experience includes delivery to undergraduate and post graduate students from internal and external, domestic and international cohorts in the disciplines of medical imaging and medical sonography; with specialisation in breast imaging.

Subjects currently taught:

  • MRS504 Advanced Breast Imaging (8pts)
  • MRS503 Issues in Breast Imaging (8pts)
  • MRS502 Breast Imaging (16pts)
  • MRS500 Mammography Practice (24pts)
  • MRS490 Medical Radiation Science Residency (48 pts)
  • MRS491 Medical Radiation Science Residency (Honours) (32pts)
  • MRS375 Radiographic Techniques 3 (mammography only) (16pts)
  • MRS370 Radiological Imaging 2 ( mammography only) (16pts)

Kelly is registered as a Diagnostic Radiographer with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia, (MRPBA); a Fellow of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) and is and is the current chair of the ASMIRT Breast Imaging Reference Group (BIRG).

View Kelly's Publications in CRO

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