SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB825991
Module Leader Kim Allan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Students should be practicing radiographers with evidence of exposure to practice & background knowledge in CT. UK based students undertaking CTPP have to be working in practice and have an agreement to have at least 72 hours of clinical time in CT scanning department.

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.


-360b7 Physical principles of Computed Tomography technology b7 Quality Assurance and strategies for dose optimization b7 Selection, justification, evaluation and safe use of protocols b7 Effective use of contrast agents b7 Routine and specialist procedures in Computed Tomography b7 Advancing CT technologies b7 Relevant legislation, healthcare policy and professional guidelines b7 Applied relevant cross sectional anatomy b7 Patient care and management CT in practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Evaluate the physical principles of Computed Tomography (CT) to critically appraise the instrumentation, clinicalapplications & 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 abnormalanatomy and artefacts.4. Evaluate the potential implications of dose within CT imaging to make judgements on the appropriate use of doseoptimization.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

This module is offered by attendance and online to accommodate learners who are situated locally and at a distance. A range of teaching and learning strategies appropriate to each mode of delivery will be adopted to maximise students' engagement and promote creative, self-directed learning. For those students electing to attend, delivery will draw upon lectures and seminars with the virtual learning environment GCU Learn utilised as the platform for communication and module learning resources. For students electing to study on-line, GCU Learn will provide the platform for learning during the module with delivery drawing upon lectures, seminars and asynchronous discussion. 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.

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] 4th ed. Boka Raton. CRC Press. Available from. <> BUSHBERG, 2012, The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins HOFER M, 2010, CT Teaching Manual A systematic approach to CT reading, 4th ed. Theime ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS, 2015, Standards for Intravascular Contrast Agent Administration to Adult Patients, 3rd ed. London, Royal College of Radiologists. Available from:- <> SEERAM E.,2015, Computed tomography: physical principles, clinical applications, and quality control ,[online], 4th ed. Missouri.Elsevier. Available from. TACK, D., KALRA, M.K., GEVENOIS, P.A., 2012, Radiation Dose from Multidetector CT, 2nd 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: b7 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. b7 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
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Placement 72.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Lectures (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 45% 4000 word coursework
Course Work 02 n/a 30.00 45% 1500 word coursework