2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MEDP3532 X-ray Computed Tomography
10 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Dr Stephen Kengyelics
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsFor BSc Medical Imaging students the entry requirements are as per the programme entry requirements.
This module is available as a discovery module and would be suitable for students who are studying a physical science degree (or related subject).
For all students, prior attendance of MEDP3531 or MEDP3511 is compulsory.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|MEDP5332M||X-ray Computed Tomography|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module describes the scientific principles and techniques employed by modern computed tomography systems. Students will develop an appreciation of the wide range of computed tomography technology available and see how this technology is applied in a number of clinical areas.
ObjectivesThis module will provide a detailed understanding of the physical principles of medical X-ray computed tomography and give an appreciation of its role in patient diagnosis and treatment.
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles under-pinning modern computed tomography
2. Recognise the most important technologies currently utilised in computed tomography
3. Describe the different designs of current computed tomography imaging equipment and techniques employed
4. Describe the chain of physical and technical processes contributing to the successful formation, acquisition, processing and display of computed tomography images
5. Recognise relevant physical characteristics of computed tomography images
6. Recognise the fundamental trade-off between image quality and radiation dose to the patient
7. Appreciate the complimentary roles computed tomography plays alongside other medical imaging modalities in medical diagnosis
The underlying science of computed tomography imaging is fundamental to a wide range of clinical applications in radiology and radiography. The module will benefit radiology and radiography practitioners, and will benefit those involved in computed tomography and X-ray imaging research.
Basic Principles of Computed Tomography Imaging
- Physical principles of computed tomography systems
- Major components of a scanner
- Operation of scanner and image data acquisition
- Types of scanner (Helical/Spiral, Multi-slice, & Multi-spectral)
- Image reconstruction methods
- Image quality & patient radiation dose trade-off
Advanced Computed Tomography Systems
- Multi-slice CT
- Evolution of multi-slice CT scanners
- Dual source CT scanners
- Multi-spectral CT scanners
- Application of CT in a range of clinical uses
Radiation Dose & Quality Assurance
- Radiation dose measurement
- Factors affecting dose in computed tomography
- Methods of dose reduction
- Radiation protection principles
- Quality control for CT
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||64.00|
|Total Contact hours||16.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyStudents will consult a range of online material, books, and journal articles to support their learning, and develop a depth of understanding based around the taught materials. Students must also prepare for the examination.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackEach lecture is accompanied by a number of formative questions (and answers) which students can use to gauge progress. The three computer sessions, and two tutorials also provide with opportunity for feedback.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course MCQ||Formative exercises: 5-10 questions provided after each lecture||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)||1 hr 30 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
Resit will be available in the August resit period.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 07/05/2019
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