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Awareness of Error in Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging


The key aim of this module is to further enable health care professionals to use radiological images from all imaging modalities effectively in their practice. It begins by looking at how we perceive images and the main types of error which may occur.

The module analyses the opportunities for error to occur in image interpretation from a generic basis which can subsequently be continued within a specific anatomical or service area as part of advanced practice. It looks at how errors made in image interpretation can affect service delivery and users, and how they can be reduced in practice.

Who the module is aimed at 

This 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

This module will improve the quality of your professional decision-making processes.

What you learn 

The purpose of this module is the help you to develop a broad understanding of the complexities of imaging in relation to your area of practice.

General areas covered

  • imaging in diagnosis
  • inter-observer and intra-observer variation
  • principles and consequent use of radiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine
  • causes of error and misdiagnosis

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

The knowledge gained should allow you to develop the skills you need to effectively use images in your practice.

Unique or interesting features

Various formative online activities will allow you to prepare for your summative assignment, and allow you to benefit from the insights of other students from different international settings.

Professional recognition

Can be used towards a formal image interpretation or MSc-level award in Diagnostic Imaging.

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

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer  

Fees and Funding for 2020/21

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £690

International students: £690 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

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

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional health qualification
    • Relevant work experience
    • Relevant workplace opportunities and organisational support.

    You normally need to hold a degree level qualification and be a recognised and approved health professional in your home country, registered to practice professionally. If you are applying straight from your degree, a first or upper second class degree is normally required.

    International students must also have one of the following:-  

    • English IELTS score of 6.5 • TOEFL paper score of 590 • TOEFL computer score of 245 • TOEFL iBT of 90.

  • 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 delivery with online induction activities during w/c 21st September 2020 and teaching from week commencing 28th September 2020.  The module is normally 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:

    • Written Assignment

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

Further details

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

(0114) 225 2373

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