SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B826017
Module Leader Claire Currie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This joint Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy and Oncology module provides students with the underpinning knowledge and understanding relating to the fundamental physical principles of radiographic practice, quality assurance and associated radiation legislation.


Basic physics to include atomic theory, radioactivity, principles of matter, electromagnetic spectrum and particles. X-ray interaction processes to include scatter and effects of radiation including basic radiobiology Radiation dose/ dosimetry Physical principles of ionising radiation production, beam modification and radiation protection for diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy treatment Radiation protection to include IRR, IR(ME)R, local rules, responsibilities and methods of protection (both personal and departmental) Conventional imaging to include basic principles, exposure factors, equipment, CR/DR and imaging quality (factors which affect this) Health informatics to include to include, images storage/PACS, HIS, RIS, DICOM and HL7 Quality assurance -360

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe x-ray production, interaction, image formation and image quality including exposure factors.2. Describe and explain the effects of radiation on the body and the importance and methods of radiation protection and associated legislation.3. Describe and explain the basic principles of conventional imaging4. Discuss the importance of quality assurance mechanisms in radiography. 5. Discuss the function and attributes of health informatics systems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered through a blended learning approach and will include keynote lectures from the GCU team as well as external experts to provide the theoretical context. These are supplemented by profession-specific tutorial sessions and student-led seminars where the application of theory to practice is explored. Practical sessions will be carried out in the x-ray suite to demonstrate the application of theory to practice. Directed learning will develop student self-enquiry, time management skills and promote the flexible curriculum. The module is supported by the Virtual Learning Environment, GCU Learn which will be a repository for lecture presentations, course documents and for links to external web-based materials. It will also provide a means for communication as well as discussion on relevant topics. Formative activities will be carried out during the module to enable students to gain feedback on progress and identify any areas that are problematic. This module is intended to be interactive and dynamic and students are required to participate fully in all activities as directed by the module tutors.

Indicative Reading

Ball & Moore. Essential Physics for Radiographers 4th Edn (2008) WileyBlackwell Bushong SC. Radiologic Science for Technologists: Physics, Biology and Protection 10th Edn (2013) Elsevier Mosby Carter & Veale, Digital Radiography and PACS, 2nd Edn Elsevier (2013) Carver E & Carver Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. B Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh (2006) Graham, D., Cloke, P., Vosper, M., & Askews. (2012). Principles and applications of radiological physics (6th ed.). Edinburgh; New York: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 Guidance to The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 Royal College of Radiologists <> American Association of Physicists in Medicine <> British Institute of Radiology <>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Develop independent learning skills b7 Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning b7 Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills b7 Work effectively alone and with others b7 Develop leadership skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 100.00 40% Exams Office Exam