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Cross-Sectional Imaging

Cross-Sectional Imaging

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Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are rapidly advancing imaging tools. The aim of this module is to enable students to respond to the ever increasing diagnostic capabilities of these exciting imaging modalities by focussing on the modalities relevant to their practice. It offers the student a theoretical module exploring the principles behind the production of images in CT/MRI relevant to the needs of health care professionals practicing in clinical magnetic resonance imaging. It also aims to enable students to evaluate and analyse these principles and their relevance in the optimal use of CT and MRI scanners for patient diagnosis. It explores the principles behind the provision of CT and MRI services and safety and how it can be used to enhance service delivery and patient satisfaction.

This is a distance-learning module; learning will be in the form of tutor-directed study and reading on-line presentations and case studies and formative activities and assessments. Credits taken from this module can be integrated into our Postgraduate programmes.

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

By studying this course you will be able to apply the theoretical concepts of CT and/or MRI to your current and future practice. You are able to tailor your learning around the modalities most relevant to you.

What you learn

By engaging successfully with this module you can:

  • apply the principles of image and data production, manipulation and optimization for patient diagnosis
  • justify imaging protocols and procedures in response to a clinical request
  • evaluate the role of CT and/or MR imaging in comparison to other imaging modalities
  • critically analyse safety considerations, quality assurance procedures, tools and mechanisms

General areas covered 

  • CT and MRI hardware
  • CT and MRI software
  • underpinning knowledge of image formation
  • imaging protocols interpretation and manipulation
  • quality assurance

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Fundamental theoretical skills pertaining to the use of MRI and/or CT in clinical practice.

Unique or interesting features 

The learning and assessment can be tailored to your own role in relation to CT, MRI, or both.

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

    The above must be evidenced in your application form.

    International students must have reliable internet access and supply IELTS of 6.5 or above (or equivalent).

  • 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 (w/c 16th January).  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:

    • Written Assignment

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

Further details

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

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