SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B826003
Module Leader Louise McKendrick
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will enable the student to synthesise and develop their existing knowledge of conventional and alternative imaging modalities. By exploring multiple imaging strategies, the role of the radiographer in the patient pathway and holistic approach to the patient will be examined. 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 judgement and decision making skills. Furthermore, the student's ability to critically review all aspects of the patient pathway focussing on oncology as the core example will be developed.


For imaging of common oncological disease process and sequelae: Review relevant anatomy and pathology Diagnosis and outcome (including differential diagnosis) Presentation, clinical history and imaging appearances Patient preparation, specific safety issues and clinical guidelines from a local, national and international perspectives 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, PET CT, MRI, US, RNI and symptomatic mammography Communication and care skills Evaluation of relevant diagnostic tests, including a risk-benefit framework, with regard to biological effects of radiation. The role of the multidisciplinary team.

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. Discuss and justify specific patient care and communication requirements focussing on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the oncology patient.3. Identify and appraise the clinical presentation, radiographic appearances and common treatment pathways for a wide range of selected oncological conditions.4. Critically discuss and debate the challenges in oncology, including relevant care, ethical and medico-legal issues.

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 VLE, group work, case studies, and tutorials. A peer reviewed case study will be used for assessment giving the opportunity for learning from assessment to occur. A values-based approach will be embedded throughout this module.

Indicative Reading

Carver E, & Carver B,. 2012. Medical Imaging: Techniques, Reflection and Evaluation. Churchill Livingstone Edinburgh. Hofer, M. 2011. CT Teaching Manual. 3rd Edition. Thieme: Stuttgart Kelly LL & Petersen CM. 2013. Sectional anatomy for Imaging Professionals. 2nd OR 3rd edition. Mosby Elsevier USA McArdle A, & O'Mahony D, 2012. Oncology an illustrated colour text. Churchill livingstone Elsevier. McRobbie et al. 2017. MRI from picture to proton. Cambridge University Press. Ramlaul, A., Vosper, M., Eds. 2013. Patient Centred Care in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy, Churchill Livingston Elsevier. Rankin J, et al 2008 Rehabilitant in cancer care Wiley-Blackwell. (dawsons e-book) Warhadpande S, et al. 2019 RCR Recommendations for cross-sectional imaging in cancer management, Second edition <https://www.rcr.ac.uk/publication/recommendations-cross-sectional-imaging-cancer-management-second-edition> Runge Nitz Heverhagen 2018 The Physics of Clinical MR Taught Through Images Thieme Warhadpande Lionberg Cooper 2019 Pocketbook of Clinical IR Thieme Cancer research UK stats-: <http://publications.cancerresearchuk.org/cancertype> Scottish Gov 2016. Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action <http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/03/9784/2>

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
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 132.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 40.00 35% Individual Case Study Presentation
Exam 01 2.00 60.00 35% Exams Office Exam