SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B822745
Module Leader Sharon Stewart
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of level 1 and level 2 modules, or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module will enable the student to synthesise and develop their existing with new knowledge of conventional and alternative systems and anatomy, by exploring multiple imaging strategies, and the role of the radiographer in a service-user and holistic approach to the patient pathway. This module will also provide the student with the theoretical underpinning for: The safe and appropriate application of a wide range of imaging procedures utilising clinical judgment and decision making skills. Developing the student's ability to critically review all aspects of the patient pathways focussing on oncology as the core example.


For imaging of common oncological disease processes and sequelae: Review relevant anatomy and pathology Diagnosis and outcome (including differential diagnosis) Presentation, clinical history and imaging appearances Patient preparation, specific safety issues, clinical guidelines and Quality Assurance Specific medico-legal and ethical considerations (palliative care and end of life pathways) Patient management including therapeutic procedures and interventions Patient pathways and applications with regard to CT, MRI, US and symptomatic mammography Communication and care skills; issues around bereavement grief and loss Relevant imaging technology and equipment applied to PET/CT and RNI Evaluation of relevant diagnostic tests, including a risk-benefit framework, with regard to the biological effects of radiation. The role of the MDT

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the role of conventional and alternative imaging in the diagnosis, staging and follow-up of oncological conditions.2. Demonstrate a concern for the physical and psychological well being of the oncology patient.3. Discuss and justify specific patient care and communication requirements, including issues around bereavement, grief and loss.4. Demonstrate synthesis of prior and new knowledge of conventional and alternative equipment and imaging systems employed in the diagnosis and management of the oncology patient.5. Identify and appraise the clinical presentation and radiographic appearances of a wide range of selected oncological conditions, and common treatment pathways.6. Explain the implications of relevant Health & Safety, Radiation Safety, and Quality Assurance requirements.7. Critically discuss and debate the challenges in oncology, including relevant care, ethical and medico-legal issues8. Critically evaluate the work undertaken by themselves and others.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will blend a number of different learning and teaching methods including structured pre-reading tasks, keynote lectures, utilisation of E-learning through the a VLE, group work, case studies, and tutorials. The students will be encouraged to lead seminars on chosen topics. A virtual case study will be used for assessment and learning from assessment.

Indicative Reading

Blake MA, Kalra MK, (Editors.) 2008 Imaging in oncology Springer Verlag(dawsons e-book) Cancer Services Collaborative (2004) Improving Communication in Cancer Care DOH Carver E, & Carver B, (2012) Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh. Cochard LR, et al. 2012 Netter's Introduction to Imaging Elsevier Doyle D, Hanks G, Cherny NI, Calman K. 2005. Oxford textbook of palliative medicine. Oxford University Press. Ellis H, Logan BM, Dixon AK. Human sectional anatomy (dawsons e-book) Feldman & Christensen (2008) Behavioural Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice. McGraw Hill Hofer M (2008) CT Teaching Manual. 3rd Edition. Thieme: Stuttgart Husband JE and Reznek RH (Editors) (2004) Imaging in Oncology Taylor and Francis. ISBN 1841844217 (dawsons e-book) Kelly LL & Petersen CM (2007) Sectional anatomy for Imaging Professionals. 2nd edition. Mosby Elsevier USA Lindsay K. W., Bone I., Fuller G., (2010), Neurology & Neurosurgery Ilustrated, 5th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. Rankin J, et al 2008 Rehabilition in cancer care Wiley-Blackwell. (dawsons e-book) McArdle A, & O'Mahony D, (2008) Oncology an illustrated colour text. Churchill livingstone Elsevier. McRobbie et al. (2010) MRI from picture to proton. Cambridge University Press. **Read p9-17 prior to attending MRI department Scottish Government. (2008) Better cancer Care, an action plan. <http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/10/24140351/4>

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module students will have the opportunity to develop in the following areas: Collaboration; Communication; Interpersonal skills; Interprofessional teamwork, Task prioritisation and time management; Critical reflection on practice; Peer and self assessment skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 0.00
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 117.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 0.00
Directed Study 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% 2 hour exam
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Presentation case study (notes)