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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MEDP5331M Medical X-ray Imaging

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Mr Andrew Davies

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

As per programme pre-requisites

This module is mutually exclusive with

MEDP3511Digital Radiography and X-ray Computed Tomography
MEDP3531Medical X-ray imaging
MEDP5311MDigital Radiography and X-ray Computed Tomography

Module replaces

MEDP5311M Digital Radiography and Computed Tomography

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide a detailed understanding of the science of modern medical X-ray imaging, and provide an appreciation of its role in modern medicine. The module covers the underlying scientific principles and technology of X-ray imaging, using example clinical applications to illustrate their relationship to practice.


This module will provide a detailed understanding of the physical principles of medical X-ray imaging and give an appreciation of its role in patient diagnosis and treatment.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the physical principles under-pinning modern digital radiography
- Recognise the most important technologies currently utilised in X-ray imaging
- Critically evaluate the design of X-ray imaging equipment and techniques
- Describe the chain of physical and technical processes contributing to the successful formation, acquisition, processing and display of X-ray images
- Interpret the relevant physical characteristics of X-ray images
- Assess the fundamental trade-off between X-ray image quality and radiation dose to the patient in X-ray imaging using calculations supported by relevant physical models
7. Appreciate the varied roles X-ray imaging has within medical imaging and the complimentary roles X-ray imaging plays alongside other medical imaging modalities in medical diagnosis

Skills outcomes
The science of X-ray imaging is fundamental to the practice of X-ray imaging in radiology or radiography, and will benefit those using X-ray images in research.


Basic Principles of X-ray Imaging

- What are X-rays?
- Methods of X-ray production: X-ray tubes and generators.
- Interactions of X-rays with matter
- Processes of X-ray image formation
- Image quality & patient radiation dose.

Digital Radiography

- Introduction to digital X-ray imaging
- Photo-stimulable phosphor computed radiography physics
- Solid-state digital detector physics
- Digital mammography
- Computerized image enhancement and display of digital images
- Physics of X-ray image quality evaluation

Radiation Dose

- Radiation dose in medical X-ray imaging and its measurement
- Health and safety issues and legislation relating to medical X-ray imaging

Dynamic X-ray imaging
- Use of X-ray contrast agents in fluoroscopy
- Digital fluoroscopy imaging systems
- Digital cardiac imaging
- Digital subtraction angiography & DSA imaging equipment
- X-ray image guided Interventional radiology
- Digital subtraction angiography & DSA imaging equipment

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Class32.006.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours107.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students 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.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Each 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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation2,500 words30.00
In-course MCQFollowing most lectures students will receive formative questions in a range of formats (calculations, MCQs, longer answer and so on).0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Compensation is permitted between the assessments

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 29/01/2024


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