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Abdominal Imaging

Abdominal Imaging

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This module aims to enable you to learn the theoretical knowledge required to interpret abdominal radiographic images through the study of radiographic appearances commonly seen and relating them to appearances demonstrated on alternative imaging modalities. It is relevant to all health professionals who have an interest in, or require an understanding of, the abdominal radiograph and other imaging methods. The module will help you develop and apply skills to recognise normal and abnormal appearances of abdominal radiographic images.

Who the module is aimed at

The module is relevant to professionals who use or interpret images in their practice, typically diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers and  nurses. 

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient

By studying this course you can informally interpret radiographic appearances of the abdomen and relate them to other imaging modalities and the patient pathway

What you learn

By engaging successfully with this module you can:

  • evaluate the normal and abnormal appearances of abdominal radiographs
  • relate clinical information with radiographic appearances of the abdomen to formulate a diagnosis or differential diagnoses
  • justify the use of alternative imaging techniques related to radiographic appearances of the abdomen
  • discuss the clinical pathway of a patient attending with abdominal symptoms or pathology

General areas covered

  • systematic approach to abdominal image interpretation
  • the use of clinical information in the choice of diagnostic imaging modality (radiography, ultrasound, MRI, CT)
  • normal and abnormal abdominal radiograph appearances relating to the gastrointestinal tract, the genitourinary system, and the abdominal wall and peritoneum
  • theory of common medical interventions relating to pathology of the abdomen

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Technical skills in image interpretation and understanding of the patient pathway

Professional recognition

May be used for entry into, or as a part of more formal qualifications in image reporting.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2022/23

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £710

EU / International students: £710 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional health qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support
    • A reliable internet connection
    • Where English is not your first language you must supply IELTS scores

    The above must be evidenced in your application form


  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence in January 2023.  The module is delivered over a 12 week period.

    This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.


    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Case Study

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Elizabeth Shute and Marcus Elkington -; or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373

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