Jacob Manning, RT, of the University of Alabama has received a $10,000 research grant from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) to evaluate patient immobilization masks for bacteria that cause infections.
Little information exists about infectious pathogens associated with thermoplastic materials used to construct masks, Manning explained, in a news release from the ASRT. The research will explore whether patient masks are contaminated with Clostridioides difficile, for instance, and seek to identify other types of bacteria recovered from patient masks and how bacteria change over time.
Manning is the radiation therapy program director in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at the University of South Alabama. He has been an educator for more than a decade and holds a master’s degree in radiologic sciences from Northwestern State University of Louisiana.