SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB826390
Module Leader Karen Brogan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The content of the Applications of Radiographic Image Interpretation module has been identified and developed to provide the framework on which the application of radiographic image interpretation and reporting skills can be based. The module has been designed to produce practitioners with the ability to critically analyse the pathological appearances on radiographic images in order to provide a definitive radiological report. The aim of this module is to enhance the skills developed within the Foundations of Radiographic Image Interpretation module within the clinical environment leading to competency to practice as an advanced practice reporting practitioner with regard to their radiographic image interpretation skills.


Radiographic appearances of: - upper limb trauma lower limb trauma pelvic trauma spinal trauma (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) head trauma facial trauma paediatric trauma arthritides metabolic and endocrine disorders malignant bone tumours benign bone tumours infection Radiological image reporting of: - upper limb trauma lower limb trauma pelvic trauma spinal trauma (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) head trauma facial trauma paediatric trauma

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Synthesise and apply advanced professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology sufficient to aid the provision of a radiological report.2. Synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide informed reports, using appropriate terminology, to a high level of diagnostic accuracy.3. Communicate effectively using appropriate methods to referring clinicians and specialists.4. Recognise the need for continuous advancement of the specialised skills of radiographic image interpretation & reporting.5. Critically reflect on performance, roles and responsibilities of self and others and apply self-audit.6. Demonstrate self-direction, autonomy and creativity in solving complex problems in the context of advanced professional practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is delivered using a blended learning approach using both GCU Learn and a classroom based activities. The main activities carried out by students are directed and independent study to develop knowledge and skills relating to the identified learning outcomes. The teaching and learning strategies employed include: lectures / video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars / online asynchronous or synchronous 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. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Having access to a computer with Internet access is required to undertake the online components of this module. Students must have agreed a mentor within their clinical department prior to starting this module. This person is responsible for supporting the student through the clinical component of the module. It is expected that the student will have the equivalent of 2 days per week over the duration of the module where initially the focus will be shadowing the radiologist/radiographer in reporting sessions, shadowing clinicians during clinics (orthopaedic, accident & emergency), and attendance at clinical meetings (where appropriate). Subsequent to an appropriate period of work-shadowing the student, in conjunction / discussion with the mentor, will commence regular reporting sessions. These can be organised either prospectively or retrospectively at times suitable to the student and the department.

Indicative Reading

Text books: CHAPMAN, S. & NAKIELNY, R., 2019. Aids to Differential Diagnosis, 7 th Edition, London, WB Saunders EISENBERG, R.L. & JOHNSTON, N.M., 2020. Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology, 6 th Edition, USA, Mosby GREENSPAN, A., 2014. Orthopaedic Imaging: A Practical Approach. 6 th edition, Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams &Wilkins GUNN, C., 2017. Bones and Joints: A Guide for Students, 7 th Edition, London, Churchill Livingstone HELMS, C.A., 2020. Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology, 5 th Edition. London, Saunders RABY, N., BERMAN, L., DE LACEY, G., 2014. Accident & Emergency Radiology; A Survival Guide, 3 rd Edition, Philadelphia, Elsevier Saunders Journals: Department of Health <> Health Professions Council <> NHS Evidence (formerly National Library for Health) <> The Royal College of radiologist <> The Society and College of radiographers. <>

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: -360b7 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 b7 demonstrating the ability to work as an effective member of a team b7 underpinning professional practice through the integration of theory with practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 258.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 0.00 45% 1000 Case audit of clinical competence
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 45% Essay 2000 words
Exam 01 3.00 30.00 45% OSCE +/- VIVA