SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B822712
Module Leader Sarah Guthrie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will introduce the principles of radiation physics and technology and associated legislation. This provides the theoretical underpinning for ensuring the safe production of optimised high quality images. There will be an introduction to the fundamental principles of computerised and digital image production & health informatics


General principles of radiation physics: units & measurements, laws of physics, electricity, electromagnetism & induction General principles of X-ray production & interaction: atoms and photons, the x-ray tube, timers, capacitors Dosimetry Fundamental principles of X-ray image formation: phosphors and luminescence, CR, DR Introduction to theory of digital image environment: acquisition, display, storage and distribution Introduction to Health informatics: legislation and governance Introduction to radiation Safety and protection, principles, legislation and governance

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this modules students should be able to 1. Describe x-ray production, interaction and image formation2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the selection and manipulation of exposure factors. 3. Describe and explain the fundamental principles of radiation physics, including radiation protection and dosimetry4. Discuss relevant Professional Body, Health & Safety, Radiation Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements.5. Outline the operation and utilisation of imaging apparatus.6. Demonstrate an understanding of the systems and legislation underpinning the use and application of health informatics

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Keynote lectures will be led by academic staff and expert guest lecturers. A combination of keynote lectures, tutorials and simulated learning will be used. Completion of pre-reading, directed reading and learning is critical to facilitate comprehensive learning. Tutorials and practical sessions will reinforce and expand on essential content. The interactive electronic learning environment (e.g. GCULearn, Shaderware) will be used to support learning .

Indicative Reading

Essential Physics for Radiographers. 4th Edn. Ball & Moore. WileyBlackwell (2008) Radiologic Science for Technologists. 9th Edn. SC Bushong. Mosby (2008) Principles of Radiological Physics. DT Graham & P Cloke. Churchill Livingstone (2007) Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. Carver E & Carver B Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh (2006 ) Digital Radiography and PACS, 2 nd Edn, Carter & Veale, Elsevier (2013)

Transferrable Skills

This module aims to enhance problem solving skills and divergent thinking. Confidence as independent learners will be augmented.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 8.00
Independent Learning (FT) 20.00
Placement 0.00
Directed Learning 20.00
Seminars (FT) 0.00
Independent Learning (FT) 118.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Exam ran by exams office
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Lab Report (2,000 words)