SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B822724
Module Leader Karen Brogan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 modules or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module will formally commence and strongly focus on the theoretical underpinning to help meet the profession's stated intent that all pre-registration undergraduate programmes should firmly embed image interpretation and clinical reporting at a level that enables the students to provide a preliminary clinical evaluation for conventional skeletal trauma images.


The topic areas to be covered in the module are image interpretation of the radiographic examinations of: Appendicular Skeleton Foot, ankle, and tibia and fibula Knee and femur Hip joint, together with pelvis from the axial skeleton Hand and digits Wrist, and radius and ulna Elbow Shoulder girdle and humerus Axial Skeleton: Skull and facial skeleton Cervical spine Thoracic Spine and bony thoracic cage Lumbo-sacral spine Mechanism of injury : Normal variants Viewing conditions Paediatric considerations Definition and audit of accuracy, sensitivity and specificity

Learning Outcomes

The module should support student radiographers' image interpretation learning and skills development so that they can:1. Interpret the results of radiographic imaging examinations of the musculo-skeletal (appendicular and axial) system, identifying accurately both normal and abnormal trauma including soft tissue appearances. 2. Construct high quality descriptive comments using appropriate terminology in preparation for communicating these findings to practitioners and referring clinicians for future practice.3. Describe what is meant by accuracy, sensitivity and specificity in the context of practitioner audit of performance for preliminary clinical evaluation of skeletal trauma images

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will blend a number of different learning and teaching methods to include: -360b7 Independent study of pre lecture reading b7 Keynote lectures. b7 Tutorials delivered via the GCU virtual learning environment b7 Lecturer led tutorial sessions

Indicative Reading

Gunn C (2012) Bones and Joints, A guide for students. 6th Edition London Churchill Livingstone. Nicholas DA & Driscoll PA (2001) ABC of Emergency Radiology, 2nd Edition, BMJ Publishing Group Raby N, Berman L, de Lacey G (2005) Accident & Emergency Radiology; A Survival Guide, 2nd Edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier Saunders <>

Transferrable Skills

On completion of the module the student will have gained the following transferable skills: -360b7 Team working, b7 Critical thinking and problem solving, b7 Independent learning. b7 Communication skills, Dissemination of information in written and verbal formats.

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 80.00 35% Online GCU Learn Exam
Coursework 1 n/a 20.00 35% Coursework 1500 words