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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ANAT3203 Medical Imaging

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Nicole Smith

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Years 1 and 2 of a UK MBChB course or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completing this module students should be able to:
- describe the basic physics underlying different imaging modalities including X-rays, CT, MRI and ultrasound
- compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks of different imaging techniques and discuss the applicability of each to different clinical situations
- apply their knowledge of image generation to inform the interpretation of medical images
- apply their knowledge of normal anatomy to inform the interpretation of medical images and to identify relevant abnormalities and pathologies
- discuss the compromise between radiation dose and image quality

Learning outcomes
On completing this module, students should have:
- Knowledge of different imaging techniques and the basic underlying physics of each
- Detailed knowledge of the clinical applicability of different imaging modalities
- Knowledge of how to approach the interpretation of medical images and relate them to normal anatomy and pathology

Skills outcomes
Skills outcomes:

- Developing a systematic approach to the interpretation of X-rays
- Identifying the type of imaging techniques used and whether anatomy is normal or abnormal
- The use of the primary literature to determine the current state of medical imaging and recent advances


A 10 credit module for the BSc Clinical Anatomy programme which provides an opportunity to study different medical imaging techniques in detail. This module provides an opportunity to relate knowledge of human anatomy to medical imaging.

Subjects studied will include:
- generation of X-rays and tissue interaction
- interpretation of X-rays and special radiography techniques
- principles of computed tomography
- interpretation of cross-sectional anatomy as seen on medical images
- gamma radiation and positron emission tomography
- Techniques utilising non-ionising radiation - MRI and ultrasound

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment10.500.50
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours76.50
Total Contact hours23.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation/follow-up for each practical session and lecture, preparation for written and practical examinations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored throughout the module by keeping a record of student participation in discussions during practical sessions. This will provide informal assessment of student progress. There will also be formative MCQs provided on the VLE that will be monitored to provide further information regarding student knowledge and understanding. Any students not participating fully in practical classes or demonstrating a lack of knowledge and understanding will be asked to meet with the module manger to assess if there is a need for additional support. If appropriate, the programme leader will be notified.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins55.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 30 mins45.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Unseen written examination: short answer questions. 1 hr examination Practical examination: spot test. 30 minute examination

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/07/2022


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