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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5257M Science and Technology of Mammography

15 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Imelda Marshall

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria


ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

Fundamentals of Science and Technology of Diagnostic Imaging (HECS5256M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module develops the student’s knowledge and understanding of radiation physics and contextualises it in the clinical application of mammography. Module content and delivery underpin the application of theoretical scientific and technological knowledge to practical skill development in clinical mammography


On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and an understanding of the principles of mammographic radiation physics and digital imaging technology applicable to clinical mammography practice.

Learning outcomes
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the scientific and technological principles of mammography and explain their relevance to image acquisition and equipment choice and use
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of digital mammography image acquisition, processing, recording, display, storage and transfer
- Critically evaluate radiation, clinical and ergonomic safety issues related to mammography to enable optimal use of the equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice, actively reducing hazards to patients and staff
- Critically appraise current mammographic equipment, including future technological development to include replacement equipment provision.
- Critically evaluate technical mammography quality assurance procedures in routine use.
- Critically evaluate the risks and benefits of using ionising radiation in screening and symptomatic mammography practice.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Critically appraise literature
- Critically evaluate clinical and other relevant information
- Apply the physical principles of mammography to practice


- Mammography radiation physics - revision
- Design of Mammography Equipment
- Direct and indirect Digital Mammography
- Computed Mammography
- Radiation Protection &Dose Measurement
- Image Quality
- Quality assurance
- New mammographic technological advances:
- Software-based scatter correction
- Photon-counting technology
- Tomosynthesis
- Computer Assisted Detection (CAD) in Mammography
- Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography
- PACS for mammography

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Practical Demonstration31.003.00
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study to include: on line learning, literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent investigation and preparation for summative assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Quizzes
- Feedback from Directed Study – group discussions
- Seminar presentations and tutorials
- Formative written examination with feedback
- Assessment tutorials with feedback on draft plan

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 words50.00
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
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 15 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

No compensation of marks between the two elements of assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 16:13:40


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