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ARCS5261M Principles for Medical Imaging Interpretation

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Voyin Pantic

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Relevant degree in a health related subject normally at 2:1 or above.
You will also be required to obtain proof of proficiency in English language: you will need to gain a TOEFL score (internet based test) of at least 100 overall with at least 22 in listening and reading, 24 in speaking and 23 in writing; or a minimum
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all components; or a PTE (Academic) score of 68 with at least 64 in all components.

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARCS3196Pattern Recognition for Medical Imaging
HECS1028Musculoskeletal Anatomy
HECS2144Pattern Recognition 1
HECS2145Pattern Recognition 2
HECS3196Pattern Recog for Med Imaging
HECS3198Radiography Diag Pattern Recog

Module replaces

HECS5261M Principles for Medical Imaging Interpretation.

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

To develop analytical skills in order to recognise the demonstration of anatomical features and how these may change with the presence of pathology on a variety of imaging modalities.


On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1. Develop fundamental image interpretation skills;
2. Construct an analytical framework of techniques when interpreting images;
3. Critically evaluate the factors involved in pattern recognition of diagnostic images;
4. Demonstrate understanding of the presentation of anatomical features on diagnostic images of the body through image evaluation;
5. Relate common anatomical and physiological image appearance to diagnostic image production by the various imaging modalities;
6. Critically evaluate how pathological manifestations are represented on diagnostic images;
7. Develop strategies for their own learning.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, the student will gain knowledge in the following areas:

- Pattern recognition skills essential in order to begin to identify, understand, analyse and interpret diagnostic images;
- Anatomical presentation of the body on diagnostic images;
- General changes causing deviation from normal diagnostic image appearances.

Skills outcomes
Fundamental analytical skills for medical image interpretation.


Principles of Pattern Recognition, the diagnostic image and theories and factors influencing pattern recognition (to include basic changes as a result of pathology), radiographic anatomy, anatomical relationships and sectional imaging of the following systems: Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Respiratory and Central nervous.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment11.001.00
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

The 125 hours private study that has been allocated for this module is to enable the student to prepare and supplement their notes for this module, as well as complete the workbooks associated with this module and allow preparation prior to undertaking the summative assessment. The breakdown of hours for the activities identified is as follows:

45 hours reading/ writing up notes
5 hours negotiated tutorials
25 hours preparation prior to summative examination

50 hours have been allocated for the students in order to research material for the summative essay component of the module. This will require students to explore how imaging contributes to the diagnostic process, through understanding the changing presentation of features on a variety of imaging modalities, whilst appreciating the limitations of the various imaging modalities. The chosen topic will be in negotiation with the module leader and is intended to focus on an area of interest related to the students practice where applicable.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

During the module the student will be required to undertake course work. This will help develop the students learning and prepare them for the summative assessment. This will take the form of:

Completion of workbooks: -
Develop image interpretation skills through recognition of the presentation of anatomical features on medical images. This is achieved through the use the labels provide to identify structures on the line drawings. Be able to relate these labels and line drawing appearances to the radiographic appearance found on the powerpoint presentation in VLE. This is further developed through the comparing images and questioning within the workbooks to demonstrate understanding of anatomical presentation on medical images.

Group tutorials: -
The tutorials are designed to help students with identifying problem areas and providing students with a structured approach to aid their understanding of the topics covered. For these sessions to be of use it is important that the student takes an active part in identifying areas of difficulty a couple of weeks prior to the scheduled tutorial.

Individual tutorials: -
Students are to attend individual tutorials to discuss their essay. The tutorial will allow students to explore aspects and directions of the summative essay and agree a topic area.

Formative assessment: -
The formative assessment is computer based examination of images in a similar style to the summative assessment. The intention of the formative assessment is to provide the student with experience of the format of the assessment, in order to fully prepare them for the summative assessment.

Feedback on formative assessment: -
This is an indication of areas where improvement are required, and to provide information on how this can be achieved.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1500 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

There is compensation between the two assessments although students are required to achieve a minimum mark of 30 in each component.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

The summative assessment consists of two components an online time limited assessment and an essay. The online time limited assessment contributes 60% of the marks for the module and the essay contributes the other 40%. There is compensation between the two although students are required to achieve a mark of 30 in each component.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/05/2022


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