SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2B822721
Module Leader Kim Allan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally requires successful completion of all Level 1 modules

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 pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle and head. There will be a particular focus on modifying technique and appraisal of abnormal images. Students will be introduced to fluoroscopic investigation and cross-sectional imaging. There will be a focus on imaging in the acute/emergency environment to include experience gained within theatre and mobile radiography.


Practice education in relation to standard radiographic techniques and procedures within the following environments: General and emergency Wards and theatres CT MRI US Radiographic positioning as per departmental protocols Modification of technique and exposure factors Digital radiographic image acquisition, processing manipulation Appraisal of the radiographic image, to include evaluation of diagnostic quality and normal anatomical appearances Recognition of common pathological and trauma radiographic appearances Use and administration of contrast media and drugs Archiving to and retrieval from PACS Safe and efficient working, with particular attention to radiation protection, communication and patient care (including wound dressing) and incident reporting. Codes of conduct and professional standard Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary team working Major incident procedures Coping strategies for a stressful environment in relation to health and well-being The role of the radiographer

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Perform safely and efficiently routine conventional imaging procedures of the pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle and head.2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills and patient care in the context of the acute and emergency environment.3. Apply theory and practice skills to modify radiographic technique in conventional imaging. 4. Describe radiography within non-standard imaging environments.5. Engage in imaging examinations to include CT, MRI, US and fluoroscopy.6. Show awareness of routine observations, assessment and monitoring.7. Identify normal and abnormal image appearances.8. Appraise resultant images using the appropriate criteria9. Discuss the role of the radiology team in the patient pathway.10. Comply with professional attributes.11. Demonstrate reflection on social interactions in the healthcare setting.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module offers students the opportunity to apply, consolidate and build upon current and existing theoretical and practical skills within both the clinical and simulated learning environments. Directed learning tasks ensure active participation and learning within the clinical environment. Bespoke timetabling provides a full range of placement experiences consistent with the curriculum at this level. Within the academic environment , keynote lectures and tutorials will introduce and reinforce essential content. Demonstrations, role play, group work, e-learning eg. Shaderware will be utilised. Professional development planning will be employed to encourage self-development and growth.

Indicative Reading

Carter C, Veale B (2008) Digital Radiography and PACS. Mosby: Canada. Carver E & Carver B (2006 ) Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh. Eisenberg RL & Johnson NM (2007) Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology. Mosby: USA. Eisenberg RL & Johnson NM (2007) Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology: Workbook. Mosby: USA. Dixon A, 2008. Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging: An Introducation for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals. Reflect press. UK Ehrlich RA, Coakes DM, 2013, Pateint Care in Radiography: With an Introduction to Medical Imaging, 8th ed. Elseview.

Transferrable Skills

This module aims to further develop interpersonal communication skills, team working skills and problem solving skills. Resilience within the placement setting will be developed. There will be an increased ability in terms of responding to constructive criticism of practical performance and subsequent ability to take appropriate action for improvement.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Study 0.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Placement 276.00
Independent Learning (FT) 62.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 0.00
Tutorials (FT) 0.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 40% School Exam
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 40% OSRE - To be ran in Trimester B
Placement 01 n/a 40.00 40% Portfolio including staged assessments