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Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Radiographic Image Interpretation

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging

Introduction

This module aims to enable you to learn the theoretical knowledge required to interpret radiographic images of the musculoskeletal system through the study of radiographic appearances commonly seen in acute and emergency care. It is relevant to all health professionals who have an interest in, or require an understanding of, radiographs of trauma in particular. The module will help you develop and apply skills to recognise normal and abnormal appearances of radiographic images. By the end of the module you will be able to synthesise clinical information commonly seen in acute and emergency care to enable you to describe the radiographic appearances in a structured written format.

This module is offered in line with the current drivers to improve the patient experience in the A&E department by helping to eliminate missed diagnoses. This module alone does not prove competence to provide medical reports, professionals undertaking it will be able to use their knowledge and skills to enhance the service they provide according to their employer's policies.

Who the module is aimed at

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

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

By studying this module you can informally interpret musculoskeletal radiographic appearances commonly seen in the acute setting. 

This module alone does not prove competence to provide medical reports, professionals undertaking it will be able to use their knowledge and skills to enhance the service they provide according to their employer's policies.  For Diagnostic Radiographers, this module will enhance your 'red dot' and commenting skills. Those wishing to move into formal radiographic reporting are advised to seek the advice of the Module Leader.

What you learn

By engaging successfully with this module you can:

  • recognise normal and abnormal appearances of radiographic images of the musculoskeletal system, with an emphasis on the acute setting
  • formulate a diagnosis or differential diagnoses
  • formulate and communicate a written professional opinion based on the interpretation of radiographic images of the appendicular skeleton

General areas covered

  • elbow, forearm, hand/wrist, knee, ankle/foot
  • shoulder, spine, hip/pelvis, facial bones
  • normal skeleton and anatomical variants
  • fractures, dislocations and other traumatic skeletal conditions

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Technical skills in image interpretation.

Unique or interesting features

You learn with a range of health professionals as this module is offered across a range of courses in different professional groups. 

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 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £670

International students: £670 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

Funding

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

    (The above must be evidenced in the applicants 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 has two planned intakes as follows:

    • September 2019: Induction activities during w/c 23rd September with delivery starting w/c 30th September 2019.
    • January 2020: Induction activities during w/c 13th January 2020 with delivery starting w/c 20th January 2020.

    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:

    • Phase Test

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

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Denise Foulkes - d.foulkes@shu.ac.uk or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373
AlliedHealth@shu.ac.uk

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