SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B822713
Module Leader Elaine Gardiner
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally requires successful completion of all Level 1 modules

Summary of Content

This module aims to deliver the theoretical underpinning of CT, MRI and US. There will be exploration of the use of contrast media & drugs associated with imaging. Patient pathways will be discussed and imaging options evaluated.


With regards to CT, MRI and US: Physical principles Standard equipment and imaging systems Standard applications Abnormal radiographic appearances Protocol optimisation Patient care Health & Safety Radiation Protection Image evaluation Infection control Clinical decision making Guidelines, protocols and policies. Relevant anatomy & pathology in context Advantages and disadvantages of advanced imaging modalities Pharmacology, applications and implications of common contrast media Commonly used drugs associated with imaging.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe the physical principles, standard components and applications of Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound systems.2. Discuss the specific care issues relating to advanced imaging procedures.3. Discuss the indications, preparations and techniques for common CT, MRI and US procedures.4. Demonstrate knowledge of commonly utilized drugs and their pharmacological considerations.5. Explore patient pathways and justify appropriate imaging.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will combine key note lectures from academic and clinical staff with independent study. Module content will be consolidated and further supported by group tutorials. Pre-reading will be issued in preparation for teaching sessions to facilitate informed discussion in scheduled sessions. Tutorial tasks will be performed in small groups to enhance communication, collaboration and peer learning and support. Engagement in group working is essential to allow participation in tutorials and assessment. Case studies will be explored to encourage critical thinking and clinical reason skills. Directed learning will be issued to develop student self-enquiry, time management skills and promote the flexible curriculum. There will be opportunities for simulated Ultrasound learning and interactive sessions to reflect clinical practice. GCULearn will be will be used to support learning by providing tasks to supplement key learning points and quizzes for formative assessment.

Indicative Reading

Carver, E. & Carver, B. 2012, Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. 2nd Ed, Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh. Kelley, L. L. 2013, Sectional Anatomy for imaging professionals. 3 rd Ed. Elsevier Thomsen, H S. & Webb <>, J. A. W. 2009, Contrast media. 2 nd Ed. Springer Verlag <>

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module, students will have the opportunity to further develop communication and collaboration skills. Students will build independent study skills and further skills in ICT, e-learning, reviewing literature, reflection on practice, project and time management. There is an introduction to critical thinking.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Study 30.00
Seminars (FT) 0.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Placement 0.00
Independent Learning (FT) 119.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 21.00
Practicals (FT) 0.00

Assessment Methods

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