Module Details

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Code PHYS867
Coordinator Mr M Baker
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 10


The aim of the module is to give the students a knowledge of the necessary physics and biological principles which underpin diagnostic radiology. The lectures aim to give the students knowledge of a range of diagnostic radiology modalities, including clinical applications and approaches to quality assurance. The lectures will aim to cover radiation generation through to image formation, as well as patient dose awareness and calculation methods. There are also lectures which aim to give the students information on the legislation and guidance relevant to diagnostic radiology. The practical sessions have the aim of giving students knowledge of the operation of measurement systems used in a clincal setting.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) A knowledge of the physics underpinning diagnostic radiology

(LO2) A knowledge of the tools and methods used in quality assurance and image quality assessment and the ability to carry out appropriate calculations.

(LO3) A knowledge of the radiation protection guidelines, the applicable legislation and patient dose framework

(LO4) The ability to describe and/or analyse a range of clinical applications of radiology

(LO5) The ability to carry out and interpret measurements using clinical diagnostic radiology equipment

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills



The teaching sessions will cover:
· Legislation and guidance, radiation protection and radiation shielding.
· Radiation generation and interactions.
· Detector technologies and image formation.
· Image properties and analysis.
· Quality Assurance.
· Physics and application of mammography.
· Physics and application of computed tomography.
· Physics and application of general radiology.
· Physics and application of fluoroscopy.
· Clinical radiology.
· Patient dose calculation and risk assessment.
· Imaging in radiotherapy and other clinical applications.
· Digital imaging and networking.
There will be s formative class test towards the end of the week.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Series of one hour lectures
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Lectures to be given by experts in the field

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Problem solving and revision
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Sessions will allow students to solve problems and get help. Examples of model answers to problems will be covered.

Teaching Method 3 - Laboratory Work
Description: Practical use of clinical systems
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Students will spend one days in a clinical setting using a range of diagnostic radiology tools.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 67


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Written Examination There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :end semester 2  120 minutes.    70       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Report on laboratory work There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :end semsester 2  2000 word or equival    30       

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