SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB824488
Module Leader Claire Currie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Practicing radiographer with evidence of exposure to practice & background knowledge in CT. UK based students undertaking Computed Tomography Principles and Practice have to be working in practice and have an agreement to have at least 72 hours of clinical time in CT.

Summary of Content

This theory/practice module aims to facilitate the integration of the theoretical underpinning of Computed Tomography principles with supervised practice. The overall aim of the module is to enhance professional development, providing advanced theoretical knowledge linked to practice, resulting in improved patient outcomes and service delivery. The content covers the application of Computed Tomography (CT) in body imaging, The role of both standard and specialist procedures will be considered in the investigative and management pathways in a variety of pathologies & conditions. An overview of the basic concepts & physical principles will offer an understanding of the strengths & limitations of the modality, offering the background required for involvement in informed & appropriate decision making, as part of the wider multi-disciplinary Team.


-1428145 Physical principles of Computed Tomography technology 8145 Quality Assurance and strategies for dose optimization 8145 Selection, justification, evaluation and safe use of protocols 8145 Effective use of contrast agents 8145 Routine and specialist procedures in Computed Tomography 8145 Advancing CT technologies 8145 Relevant legislation, healthcare policy and professional guidelines 8145 Applied relevant cross sectional anatomy 8145 Patient care and management CT Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Evaluated the physical principles of Computed Tomography (CT) to critically appraise the instrumentation, clinical applications & data acquisition used for current routine & varied advanced procedures.2. Critically evaluate current routine and a range of advanced clinical practices and protocols.3. Critically appraise and evaluate cross-sectional images, including the discrimination of relevant normal and abnormal anatomy and artefacts.4. Evaluate the potential implications of dose within CT imaging to make judgements on the appropriate use of dose optimization.5. Evaluate the contribution of CT examination findings to patient care and management.6. Justify the role of CT contrast agents.7. Critically appraise and evaluate the relevance of policy guidelines and protocols to CT practices.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching and learning methods will include keynote lectures, group workshops, directed learning, independent learning, seminar presentations and supervised practice allowing the student to consolidate theory within practice. Practice based learning is an integral part of the module and therefore students will normally spend a minimum of 72 hours in practice. The completion of a workbook related to practice is a compulsory piece of formative assessment. The GCULearn Virtual Learning Environment will be used as an interactive teaching resource to facilitate and enhance learning throughout the module. Students will be encouraged to engage in professional discussion and debate in the sharing and exchange of knowledge and ideas gained from individual experiences and critical evaluation of literature. Management of self is expected in relation to learning and assessment.

Indicative Reading

BOWDEN D. J., DIXON A.K. LOGAN B. M., ELLIS H., 2015, Human Sectional Anatomy: Atlas of Body Sections CT & MRI Images. [online] 4 th ed. Boka Raton. CRC Press. Available from. <> BUSHBERG, 2012, The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, 3 rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins HOFER M, 2010, CT Teaching Manual A systematic approach to CT reading, 4 th ed. Theime ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS, 2015, Standards for Intravascular Contrast Agent Administration to Adult Patients, 3 rd ed. London, Royal College of Radiologists. Available from:- <> SEERAM E.,2015, Computed tomography: physical principles, clinical applications, and quality control ,[online], 4 th ed.. Missouri.Elsevier. Available from. TACK, D., KALRA, M.K., GEVENOIS, P.A., 2012, Radiation Dose from Multidetector CT, 2 nd ed., Berlin. Springer Available from: <> Relevant regulations and policies as advised throughout the module

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop transferable skills associated with Masters level study including: -360b7 Working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence. b7 Developing study and ICT skills; information literacy, media literacy, digital creation, and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. -360b7 Developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different clinical settings. b7 Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. b7 Developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational. b7 Evidencing enhanced cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills Underpin professional practice through: the integration of theory with practice; Reflection on practice and reflection in practice; Structuring of professional development activities; Depth of practice knowledge.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 85.00
Directed Learning (FT) 85.00
Placement 72.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% 2500 word coursework
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% 20 minute oral presentation