SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M1B825994
Module Leader Sarah Guthrie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will give students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills in relation to skeletal radiography with a particular focus on upper limb, lower limb, chest, and abdomen. Experience will be gained in the placement and simulated learning environment. There will be a focus on image appraisal of normal images.


Orientation to the diagnostic imaging department and team Radiographic positioning and conventional technique for imaging of the skeleton, thoracic and abdominal viscera. Appraisal of the radiographic image Safe and efficient working with particular attention to radiation protection, communication and patient care (infection control, CPR, MH) IR(MER) regulations, health and safety and QA procedures, COSSH Introduction to conventional imaging equipment Digital radiographic image acquisition, processing and manipulation Introduction to patient electronic records & PACS Positive living and self care Personal development planning and reflective writing Introduction to key pathologies. Experience of ancillary clinical departments Perception of patient feelings and behaviours - sympathy, empathy, anxiety and fear

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Perform safely and efficiently routine conventional imaging procedures of the upper limb, lower limb, chest, and abdomen.2. Appraise resultant images using the appropriate criteria3. Demonstrate appropriate profession specific communication skills and patient care4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the patient's journey throughout the diagnostic imaging department5. Demonstrate effective operation of conventional imaging equipment6. Participate in relevant quality assurance7. Engage in reflection in relation to professional practice8. Demonstrate the need for a range of appropriate principles, legislation and techniques to maintain a safe practice enviroment

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Within the academic environment, keynote lectures and tutorials will introduce and reinforce essential content. There will be an emphasis on active student participation in developing practical skills. Demonstrations, role play e.g. using SMOT cameras, group work, e-learning eg. Shaderware and personal development planning will be employed. Experience in the placement environment will be included to allow students real life learning opportunities working with patients and practitioners. Bespoke timetabling provides a full range of placement experiences consistent with the curriculum at this level.

Indicative Reading

Relevant Chapters from: -359b7 Carver E & Carver B (eds.), 2012. Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. -359b7 Aitchison F (ed.), 2009, Chapman & Nakielny A Guide to Radiological Procedures, 5th ed. Saunders, Edinburgh. -359b7 Hardy M., Boynes S., 2003, Paediatric Radiography. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. -359b7 Lee L., Stickland V., Wilson R., Evans A., 2003, Fundamentals of Mammography, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. -359b7 Butler P., Mitchell A. & Healy J. C. (eds.), 2012. Applied Radiological Anatomy, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge -359b7 Ellis H, Logan B, Dixon A, 2007. Human Sectional Anatomy. Atlas of Body Sections, CT and MRI images. Hodder Arnold, London. -359b7 The Royal College of Radiologists, 2012, iRefer; Making the best use of clinical radiology, 7th edn. The Royal College of Radiologists, London. -359b7 Health & Care Professions Council, 2013, Standards of Proficiency - Radiographers, HPC, London. (available at <> ) -359b7 Health & Care Professions Council, 2008, Standards of conduct performance and ethics, HPC, London. (available at <> -359b7 Department of Health, 2000, The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (No. 1059) HMSO London. (available at <> ) b7 Department of Health, 1999, The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (No. 3232) HMSO London. (available at <> ) Relevant ScoR Documentation (@ publications on <> ) to include: -359b7 The Society & College of Radiographers, 2009, Practice Standards for the Imaging of Children & Young People. The Society of Radiographers. London. b7 The Society & College of Radiographers, 2012, Imaging Children: immobilisation, distraction techniques and use of sedation. The Society of Radiographers. London.

Transferrable Skills

This module aims to introduce and develop interpersonal communication skills, team working skills and problem solving skills. Confidence as independent learners will be augmented. Clinical reasoning skills will be introduced at a foundation level. Contextual awareness of positive living and self care.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Placement 108.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Directed Learning 40.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 40% OSRE- Online examination
Placement 01 n/a 40.00 40% Portfolio including GCU based staged assessment
Exam (School) 1.00 20.00 40% E- Exam