Dr Francis Zarb

Dr Francis Zarb

Dr Francis Zarb

 B.Sc.(Hons)(Radiography),M.Sc.(Medical Imaging)(M.R.I.)(A.P.U.),Ph.D. (Life Sciences Medicine and Medical Sciences)(U.C.D.)

Senior Lecturer

Room 15
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
  +356 2340 1833
In 1987 Francis Zarb obtained a Diploma in Radiography and gained clinical experience within Radiography at St Luke's Hospital. In 1992 he read for a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) Radiography at the University of Malta. In 1998 he read for a Master's Degree in Medical Imaging (MRI) with Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK. In 2013 successfully defended his Doctoral Thesis at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland researching: 'Optimisation of CT scanning parameters and their effect on patient dose'.

In 1996 Mr Zarb commenced lecturing activity at the then Institute of Health Care at the University of Malta within the Division of Radiography Studies. Mr Zarb holds a full time post as senior lecturer at the University of Malta. He is currently responsible for clinical placements of radiography students and lectures various Radiography related topics including: Imaging of the head and spine; Imaging in trauma; ward pediatric and elderly imaging, clinical applications of CT and MRI and research in Radiography.

BELLIZZI, A. and ZARB, F., 2019. Optimisation of the lateral lumbar spine projection using an air-gap technique. Radiography, Article in Press(Published online: December 26, 2019),.

ATTARD MIFSUD, S., CASTILLO, J. and ZARB, F., 2018. Establishment of image quality for MRI of the knee joint using a list of anatomical criteria. Radiography, 24(3), pp. 196-203.

ATTARD, S., CUOTO, J.G., MACKAY, S. and ZARB, F., 2016. Anatomical site markers: Evaluation of their use among Maltese radiographers. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science, 48(1), pp. 30-38.

MIZZI, D., ZARB, F. and DENNIS, A., 2016. A retrospective audit of the first screening round of the Maltese breast screening programme. Radiography, 23(1), pp. 60-66.

SCHEMBRI, A., MERCIECA, S., COURTIER, N. and ZARB, F., 2016. The impact of breast size on mean lung dose for patients receiving tangential radiotherapy to the whole breast.  . Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 15(2), pp. 181-188.

VINCENTI, L., SAMUEL, A. and ZARB, F., 2016. Establishing Radiopharmaceutical Standards at a Nuclear Medicine Unit in Malta. International Journal of Radiology and Imaging Technology, 2(2), pp. 12.

ZARB, F., FOLEY, S., HOLM, S., TOOMEY, R., EVANOFF, M. and RAINFORD, L., 2016. An investigation into CT radiation dose variations for head examinations on matched equipment. . Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 172(4), pp. 466-474.

ZARB, F., MCNULTY, J., GATT, A., FORMOSA, C., CHOCKALINGAM, N., EVANOFF, M. and RAINFORD, L., 2016. Comparison of in vivo vs. frozen vs. Thiel cadaveric specimens in visualisation of anatomical structures of the ankle on proton density Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) through a visual grading analysis (VGA) study. . Radiography, 23(2), pp. 117-124.

CASSAR, D., DEMICOLI, P., ZARB, F. and CASSAR, K., 2015. Recurrent varicose veins following surgical treatment in the Maltese population, The IX Malta Medical School Conference 2015.

FARRUGIA WISMAYER, E. and ZARB, F., 2015. Radiography of the knee joint: A comparative study of the partial flexion PA projection and the fully extended AP projection.. Radiography, 22(2016), pp. 152-160.

GATT, R., VELLA WOOD, M., GATT, A., ZARB, F., FORMOSA, C., AZZOPARDI, K.M., CASHA, A., AGIUS, T., SCHEMBRI-WISMAYER, P., ATTARD, L., CHOCKALINGAM, N. and GRIMA, J.N., 2015. Negative Poisson’s ratios in tendons: An unexpected mechanical response. . Acta Biomaterialia, 24(2015), pp. 201-208.

PACE, I. and ZARB, F., 2015. A comparison of sequential and spiral scanning techniques in brain CT. Radiologic Technology, 86(4), pp. 1-6.

ZARB, F. and MIZZI, A., 2015. Iodinated contrast media: Risk and best practice. HealthManagement.org – The Journal, 15(4), pp. 282-285.

BUTTIGIEG, E.L., BORG GRIMA, K., CORTIS, K., GALEA SOLER, S. and ZARB, F., 2014. An evaluation of the use of oral contrast media in abdominopelvic CT. European Radiology, 24(11), pp. 2936-2944.

ZARB, F., MCENTEE, M. and RAINFORD, L., 2014. Visual grading characteristics and ordinal regression analysis during optimisation of CT head examinations. Insights into Imaging, 6(3), pp. 393-401.

ZARB, F. and RAINFORD, L., 2014. Psychophysical evaluation of Catphan_600 CT image quality findings using human observers and software analysis. Radiography, 20(4), pp. 318-322.

CAMILLERI, G., BORG GRIMA, K. and AND ZARB, F., 2013. The initial implementation of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for breast cancer management in Malta. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 4(3), pp. 765-773.

ZARB, F., MCENTEE, M. and RAINFORD, L., 2013. CT radiation dose and image quality optimization using a porcine model. Radiologic Technology, 85(2), pp. 127-136.

CAMILLERI, G., BORG GRIMA, K. and AND ZARB, F., 2012. Correlation of number and identification of sentinel nodes during radiographer led lymphoscintigraphy prior to sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients. Radiography, 18, pp. 9-14.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L. and MCENTEE, M., 2011. Developing optimized CT scan protocols: Phantom measurements of image quality.. Radiography, 17(1), pp. 109-114.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L. and MCENTEE, M., 2011. Frequency of CT examinations in Malta.. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science, 42(1), pp. 4-9.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L. and MCENTEE, M., 2011. Maltese CT doses for commonly performed examinations demonstrate alignment with published DRLs across Europe. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 150(2), pp. 198-206.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L. and MCENTEE, M., 2010. AP diameter shows the strongest correlation with CTDI and DLP in abdominal and chest CT.. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 140(3), pp. 266-273.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L. and MCENTEE, M., 2010. Image quality assessment tools for optimization of CT images.. Radiography, 16(2), pp. 147-153.

ZARB, F., RAINFORD, L., FOLEY, S. and MCENTEE, M., 2009. Rationale for national and local dose reference levels and collective effective dose in CT.. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Science, 40(3), pp. 109-115.

  • RAD5315 - Clinical Applications of CT: Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis
  • RAD5316 - Clinical Applications of CT: Musculoskeletal, Vascular and Interventional Procedures