SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB824220
Module Leader Allan Thomson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable health qualification

Summary of Content

This module aims to enable the post graduate student to evaluate and interpret diagnostic images in the assessment of musculoskeletal pathology in the lower limb with particular reference to surgical practice to facilitate surgical planning. The focus of the module is the use and interpretation of radiographs of the foot and ankle. The module will also build an understanding of additional imaging studies related to the field of podiatric surgery which will include Fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and other specialist imaging techniques.


-360 Appraisal and interpretation of diagnostic images generated by x-ray, CT, MRI, ultra-sonography and nuclear medicine for the evaluation of: Osseous structures Articular structures Pathological processes to include: -360b7 Radiological Charting b7 Classification systems in radiology with emphasis on foot and ankle b7 Bone development, congenital and developmental paediatric abnormalities b7 Arthropathy b7 Musculoskeletal and structural abnormality b7 Trauma: fractures, dislocations for bone and soft tissue injury b7 Infection: bone and soft tissue b7 Neoplasia: Tumours and tumour like lesions b7 Metabolic and non metabolic disease including the diabetic foot b7 Pre and Post-operative imaging for bone and soft tissue evaluation b7 Osteonecrosis and osteochondrosis Additional imaging techniques including MRI, US, CT and Nuclear Medicine

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Evaluate appropriate imaging referrals2. Clinically appraise and interpret diagnostic images from a range of imaging modalities3. Critically evaluate images to inform patient management pathway such as onward referral or further diagnostic investigations.4. Critically evaluate diagnostic images to inform charting and surgical planning

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered on-line. A variety of media will be utilised which can include video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars / online asynchronous group discussions and tutorials / online self-directed study to engage students in the key concepts which will then be developed through directed reading, guided activities, literature searching and student initiated reading. For the purpose of maintaining autonomy, flexibility and reducing remoteness in relation to learning, each online student will be allocated to an online tutorial group of up to 9 people. Tutorial groups will meet via GCU Learn on a fortnightly basis to discuss activities that have been assigned to them. Module Tutors will respond to group questions placed during these sessions. Students are required to make the equivalent of at least 3 meaningful contributions online per fortnight, where a 'meaningful contribution' is defined as 'providing a critical or developmental comment, not just a greeting'. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Since the majority of time is allocated to independent and directed study, it is important that students have previously acquired study skills and organisational abilities in order to successfully complete this module. Having access to a computer with Internet access is recommended and required to undertake this module.

Indicative Reading

Christman , A. 2015, Foot and Ankle Radiology ( 2 nd Edition) , ISBN-13: 978-1451192834 Greenspan A. 2010, Orthopaedic Imaging: A Practical Approach (5 th Edition) Lipincott Williams & Wilkins Lisle,DA & Russell,A. 2012, Imaging for the Students. 4 th Edition . Arnold (e-book) Journals including: British Journal of Podiatric Medicine Clinical Orthopaedics: <http://www.clinorthop.org/index.html> Foot and Ankle International: <http://fai.sagepub.com/> JAPMA: <http://www.japmaonline.org/> Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: <http://jbjs.org/> Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: <http://www.jfas.org/> The Foot: http://www.thefootjournal.com/

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: b7 working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence. b7 developing study and IT skills to underpin effective learning. b7 developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different contexts. b7 demonstrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. b7 developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational; demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team. -360b7 underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice. underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 25.00
Tutorials (PT) 4.00
Seminars (PT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 89.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 45% Case Studies.
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% Short answer