Edinburgh Imaging


21 Dec 16. Radiographer gains PhD

Stewart Wiseman is the first radiographer in Scotland to have graduated with a PhD in the field of brain imaging.

Whilst there are 30,111 radiographers registered in the UK (with 2,439 based in Scotland), only 0.1% of them have completed doctorates.

Edinburgh Imaging are therefore especially proud of our radiographer, Stewart Wiseman, who recently graduated from Edinburgh University following a PhD in brain imaging under the supervision of Professors Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and Stuart Ralston (Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine).

His thesis looked at the role of systemic inflammation in cerebral small vessel disease.  Work involved using Edinburgh Imaging's 1.5T magnetic resonance scanner at the Western General Hospital to scan the brains of 50 patients diagnosed with lupus to try and better understand how systemic inflammation in this inflammatory autoimmune disease might affect the brain and impact cognition.

As mentioned earlier, currently there are only 0.1% of radiographers in the UK who have PhDs and Stewart is the first in Scotland to have done work to this level in the field of brain imaging, using MR.

"Radiographers must be research-active to maintain their accreditation and the profession has a stated expectation that 1% (about 300) of the radiography workforce will hold, or be working towards, doctoral level awards by 2021.  I am proud to have done my little bit for science and research, and to have worked with many wonderful colleagues and patients." 

Stewart WisemanA post-doc researcher and MRI radiographer

Output from the work included five papers in scientific journals. 

Read more about Stewart Wiseman's work here.

His work was supported by a prestigious Edinburgh University Principal's Scholarship, and by a grant from the charity Lupus UK

Many congratulations to Stewart, who is shown in the photo between two fellow PhD graduates, Dr Anna Heye and Dr Anna Jones.

PhD graduation
Dr Jones, Dr Wiseman and Dr Heye