SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2B825996
Module Leader Morgyn Sneddon
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 level 1 practice education modules

Summary of Content

This module will give students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and gain practical skills in relation to skeletal radiography, in particular the pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle and head. There will be a directed focus on modifying technique along with imaging in the acute/ emergency environment to include experience gained within theatre and mobile radiography. Students will be introduced to fluoroscopic investigation and cross sectional imaging modalities in addition to dental radiography, DEXA and paediatrics. Students are expected to develop their intercultural competence alongside an understanding of global variations in healthcare practice.


Practice education in relation to standard radiographic techniques and procedures within the following environments: General and Emergency, Wards and Theatres, CT, MRI, US, Paediatrics, DEXA, Dental radiography, Interventional, Breast Screening and nuclear medicine. Radiographic positioning as per departmental protocols Modification of technique and exposure factors Digital radiography, image acquisition, processing manipulation Use and administration of contrast media and drugs Archiving and retrieval from PACS Safe and efficient working, with particular attention to radiation protection, communication and patient care (including wound dressing, monitoring, observations and assessment) Codes of conduct and professional standards Major incident procedures Coping strategies for a stressful environment in relation to health and well being The role of the radiographer

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Perform routine conventional imaging procedures of the pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle and head2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills and patient care in the context of the acute and emergency department3. Apply theory and practical skills to modify radiographic technique in conventional imaging4. Describe radiographic technique within standard and non-standard imaging environments 5. Engage in imaging examinations to include CT, MRI, US and fluoroscopy6. Appraise normal and abnormal image appearances using appropriate criteria7. Discuss the role of the radiology team in the patient pathway8. Comply with professional attributes9. 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 (2012) Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh Eisenberg RKL & Johnson NM (2012) Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology Mosby: USA Eisenberg RL & Johnston NM (2007) Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology: workbook Mosby: USA Dixon A (2008) Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging: An introduction for nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals. Reflected press. UK Enrlich RA, Coakes DM, (2013) Patient Care in Radiography: With an Introduction to Medical Imaging, 8 th ed. Elsevier

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
Independent Learning (FT) 62.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Placement 276.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 30.00 40% Reflective Assignment 2000 words
Exam 01 2.00 70.00 40% Observed Structured Radiographic Examination (OSRE)
Placement 01 0.00 0.00 40% Clinical Portfolio: Students need to complete allthe relevant elements of their portfolio to achievea pass