SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB826391
Module Leader Karen Brogan
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

The content of the Foundations of Radiographic Image Interpretation (Axial & Appendicular Skeleton) module has been identified and developed to provide the framework on which the development of radiographic image interpretation and reporting skills can be based. The module has been designed to be interactive between the students and the teaching team. The module is deigned to: -360 produce a reflective practitioner with the ability to critically analyse the pathological appearances on radiographic images of the axial and appendicular skeleton. produce a practitioner who is able to recognise through reflection and critical appraisal the need to continually develop their competence within their scope of practice. The aim of this module is to support the development of the advanced practice reporting practitioner with regard to their radiographic image interpretation skills. The aim is also to encourage the health care professional adopt an analytical and critical approach to independent and life-long learning.


Radiological anatomy, osteology, arthrology and terminology Diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, specificity Principles of perception Pathological processes Mechanisms of Injury Normal and abnormal radiographic appearances Normal radiological variants Principles and management of acute trauma, ATLS Radiological imaging and appearances of:- -360b7 upper limb trauma b7 lower limb trauma b7 pelvic trauma b7 spinal trauma (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) b7 head trauma b7 facial trauma b7 paediatric trauma b7 arthritides b7 metabolic and endocrine disorders b7 malignant bone tumours b7 benign bone tumours b7 infection Radiological report writing Audit Medico-legal aspects of radiographer role development related to radiographic image interpretation Clinical Effectiveness

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:-1. Synthesise advanced professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology into the interpretation of radiographic images.2. Develop a systematic, precise and critically evaluative approach to radiological image interpretation.3. Evaluate and analyse implications of patient history/presentation and mechanisms of injury to radiological appearances and the management of the patient.4. Conceptualise and identify informed / appropriate differential diagnosis.5. Communicate effectively using appropriate methods to a range of audiences.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is delivered with a blended approach using GCU Learn and classroom based. 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 / 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. A formative portfolio will be created to underpin key concepts. Students will be encouraged to be responsible for their own learning and the critical evaluation of literature will underpin this process. Students will also be encouraged / expected to form peer support groups to aid the learning process. 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 blended learning activities.

Indicative Reading

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
Seminars (FT) 2.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 244.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 45% Case Study. 2000 words.
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% 1500 Word Scientific Poster.