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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5252M Interpreting and Reporting Diagnostic Images

30 creditsClass Size: 12

Module manager: Jane Bull

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria

Module replaces

Interpreting & reporting Diagnostic Images HECS 5252M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides underpinning knowledge and a structure for practical skill development for interpreting and reporting radiographic images.


On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate mastery in interpreting and reporting diagnostic images relevant to a negotiated area of imaging / clinical practice.

Learning outcomes
In relation to the student’s negotiated area of imaging / clinical practice, on completion of this module students will be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth specialist knowledge of relevant normal and abnormal appearances;
- demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of relevant image classification schemes and report writing conventions;
- demonstrate a critical understanding of how imaging findings affect clinical management
- critically appraise the relative contributions of a range of imaging investigations and image-guided procedures to the diagnostic process;
- critically reflect on own practice within the context of local and national performance standards, where appropriate.

Skills outcomes
In relation to the student's negotiated area of imaging / clinical practice, on completion of this module students will be able to:
- critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of radiographic images;
- critically appraise radiographic images and identify and characterise areas of potential abnormality / pathology;
- critically evaluate and describe and / or interpret radiographic imaging observations in order to categorise abnormal appearances and, where appropriate, reach a differential diagnosis;
- synthesise radiological and clinical information into an examination report and make recommendations for additional investigations and / or further management where appropriate.


Physical contributors to the medical image; image artefacts.
Radiographic image interpretation
Normal, abnormal and pathological appearances; Correlation of anatomy, physiology and pathology with imaging appearances.
Correlation of imaging appearances with clinical & other diagnostic assessments.
Radiographic image reporting
Classification systems (UK/EU/ world variations); principles of single, double & computer assisted reading – accuracy & financial implications (global perspectives).
Report terminology & construction.
Use of additional / supplementary projections / diagnostic techniques

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Clinical Sessions101.0010.00
Clinical Practice1501.00150.00
Class tests, exams and assessment21.503.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study to include: literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent supporting investigation and critical evaluation of literature for summative assessment; maintenance of clinical learning record.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students and their clinical mentors are encouraged to use the formative clinical and academic assessment process regularly throughout the module to develop self-assessment skills and to generate formative feedback identifying student progress and where additional learning and skill development is required.
Peer and tutor feedback also given in case study discussions, assessment preparation seminars/practicals and tutor feedback on draft assignments

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2500 word extended case report50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)1 hr 30 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/03/2017


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