SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M3B822727
Module Leader Louise McKendrick
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 2 practice module.

Summary of Content

This module provides the student with the opportunity to consolidate, synthesise and build upon established clinical practice skills. In addition the module will give students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in relation to patient pathways involving a variety of imaging modalities, population screening and interventional radiography, including some exposure to paediatric imaging. The application of current policies and guidelines will be observed.


-360b7 A wide range of conventional radiography including modified techniques. b7 Selected screening programmes including DEXA, mammography, & obstetric ultrasound? b7 Alternative radiology imaging, including additional modalities such as PETCT, and RNI b7 Patient presentation & imaging strategies, in tertiary level care, including paediatrics and neurology b7 Interventional imaging? - therapeutic b7 Personal development planning and reflective practice b7 Application of theory of anatomy and pathology in the young and aging population b7 Forensic imaging b7 Clinical audit b7 Elective placement b7 Resilience and self-care

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the should be able to:1. Demonstrate competency in a wide range of relevant imaging procedures, showing awareness of current legislation.2. Demonstrate communication skills to address the challenges commensurate with diverse and complex populations in a range of health and social care environments.3. Assist in imaging examinations to include CT, MRI, US, RNI, fluoroscopy and interventional procedures.4. Identify, evaluate and interpret normal and abnormal anatomy and pathophysiology relevant to placement experience.5. Perform a non contrast CT head examination.6. Explain the role of specialist and tertiary centres.7. Demonstrate and evidence autonomy and personal development by taking responsibility (with guidance) for the organisation of elective placement.8. Identify the processing and related technologies supporting imaging systems.9. Perform audit in the clinical context10. Critically evaluate the practical work undertaken by themselves 11. Be able to manipulate exposure factors and image recording parameters to optimal effect12. Compare equipment used for mammography and DEXA scanning with that used for conventional radiography .

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Bespoke timetabling provides a full range of placement experiences consistent with the curriculum at this level. A variety of experiences will be offered alongside health and social care practitioners in a variety of settings including large tertiary centres. The elective placement provides further opportunity for broadening & developing clinical, professional and management skills in diverse environments. Within the academic environment, keynote lectures and tutorials will introduce and reinforce essential content. Professional development planning will continue to be employed and reflection on learning will be used both formative and summative within portfolio tasks. Independent learning and activities will be directed through the VLE environment including a series of on line formative tests with the feedback.

Indicative Reading

Relevant Chapters from: -360b7 Carver E & Carver B (eds.), 2012. Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. -360b7 Aitchison F (ed.), 2009, Chapman & Nakielny A Guide to Radiological Procedures, 5th ed. Saunders, Edinburgh. -360b7 Hardy M., Boynes S., 2003, Paediatric Radiography. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. -360b7 Lee L., Stickland V., Wilson R., Evans A., 2003, Fundamentals of Mammography, 2nd edn. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. -360b7 Butler P., Mitchell A. & Healy J. C. (eds.), 2012. Applied Radiological Anatomy, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge -360b7 Ellis H, Logan B, Dixon A, 2007. Human Sectional Anatomy. Atlas of Body Sections, CT and MRI images. Hodder Arnold, London. -360b7 The Royal College of Radiologists, 2012, iRefer; Making the best use of clinical radiology, 7th edn. The Royal College of Radiologists, London. -360b7 Health & Care Professions Council, 2013, Standards of Proficiency - Radiographers, HPC, London. (available at <> ) -360b7 Health & Care Professions Council, 2008, Standards of conduct performance and ethics, HPC, London. (available at <> -360b7 Department of Health, 2000, The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (No. 1059) HMSO London. (available at <> ) b7 Department of Health, 1999, The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (No. 3232) HMSO London. (available at <> ) Relevant ScoR Documentation (@ publications on <> ) to include: -360b7 The Society & College of Radiographers, 2009, Practice Standards for the Imaging of Children & Young People. The Society of Radiographers. London. b7 The Society & College of Radiographers, 2012, Imaging Children: immobilisation, distraction techniques and use of sedation. The Society of Radiographers. London. The Society and College of Radiographers, 2008. Code of Conduct and Ethics. SCoR Publications, London.

Transferrable Skills

On completion of the module the student will have gained the following transferable skills: -360b7 Practice skills b7 Self & peer reflection and reflective writing b7 Team working, b7 Critical thinking and problem solving, b7 Independent learning. b7 Communication skills, b7 Dissemination of information in written and verbal formats b7 Interdisciplinary team-working b7 Ability to take responsibility for managing own learning? b7 Ability to respond to constructive criticism of performance and develop personal planning to address any issues. b7 Autonomy and accountability. Personal resilience.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Tutorials (FT) 0.00
Placement 338.00
Lectures (FT) 0.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Placement 01 n/a 20.00 40% Portfolio (includes staged assessment and elective placement report)
Coursework n/a 20.00 40% Audit Poster
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 40% OSRE