This is a postgraduate (level 7) stand-alone module focussed towards practising general radiographers who hold a BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent qualification. The aim of the course is to provide radiographers with an education base in multiple aspects of general radiography, and in particular in Appendicular and Axial Commenting Skills.
The module may be used with other similar modules, currently being validated, to build credits towards a PgC or PgD award.
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- Display a mastery of the knowledge required to 'comment' upon medical images by developing a mental database of all normal appearances and typical and atypical variations of the skeleton and relate to injury patterns.
- Research and critically evaluate radiological evidence in relation to the theory of image assessment to standardise a pattern and structure relative to real time clinical practice.
- Employ advanced radiological 'commenting' skills to make decisions about the presence and significance of any findings.
- Demonstrate advanced radiological recognition and understanding of common fractures and bone/joint pathologies including OA/RA and generalised degenerative changes. Allowing the student the advanced skills and improved communication to appropriate personnel in the clinical environment and enhance confidence appropriate to level of learning.
- Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of this advanced practice through completion of assessed activities to illustrate your application within the defined subject area.
Course content includes: pre-course reading with anatomy assessment tool; normal structure and function of the appendicular/axial skeleton; history of radiographer reporting; current status of commenting/red dot/reporting with SCoR and RCR; legalities of commenting versus reporting; theory of upper and lower limb with image evaluation; theory of spinal, facial bones and pelvis assessment to include image quality, patterns of assessment, mechanics of injury, degenerative change and common pathologies, image quality factors influencing diagnostic success.
Indicative core bibliography
McConnell J, Eyres R, Nightingale J. (2005) Interpreting Trauma Radiographs. Oxford: Blackwell
Resnick D, Kransdorf M. (2004) Bone and Joint Imaging. 3rd ed. London; Saunders.
Jacoby J, Ayer R. (2009) Frameworks for Radiology Reporting. Hodder - covers all aspects of reporting, chapter on MSK useful.
Sakthivel-Wainford (2009) Self Assessment in Axial Skeleton Musculoskeletal Trauma X-rays. M&K Publishing
Sakthivel-Wainford (2010) Self Assessment in Limb X-ray Interpretation. M&K Publishing
Aveyard H (2010) Doing a literature review in health and social care 2 nd edition. Open University Press
Moore S, Neville C, Murphy M, Connolly C (2010) The ultimate study skills handbook. Open University Press
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
To be eligible to study this module, students must demonstrate the ability to study at Masters level and commit to attempting the assessment. When taken as part of a specific named award, the module content and assessment must be focussed towards the subject of that award.
There is an element of pre-module study/reading involving a formative assessment. Formative task work undertaken on this module underpins summative assessments.
This module cannot be split and both the Appendicular and Axial teaching days and assessments must be attended and undertaken.
The closing date for applications is 5 working days prior to the module start date.
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We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and funds available to support you throughout your studies with us. This includes the Cumbria Bursary - a non-repayable bursary designed to support first year students with a household income of less than £25,000.Student Finance
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc.
Resources and facilities
We are amongst the UK's leading health and science faculties and are proud of the high level of support we are able to offer to our students. We provide a wide range of high-quality courses supported by expert academic and clinical practice staff.
You will enjoy great facilities, utilising state-of-the-art imaging equipment and a contemporary curriculum which, in combination, are the envy of many other Radiography centres in the UK.