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Postgraduate Course: Medical Imaging and Anatomy (NEME11039)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryMedical imaging techniques basics, modality overviews, radiology-anatomy correlation, and common pathology appearances.
Course description Modules cover but are not limited to the techniques and physics of radiation based and magnetic resonance imaging acquisition, plus how these basic physics principles translate into modern imaging modalities (radiography / X-ray, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission photometry (PET), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR). Image interpretation and evaluation will focus on identifying anatomical structures as they appear in images produced by a variety of imaging modalities. How common pathologies appear in these same imaging modalities will also be covered. The didactic component of the course will consist of online lectures, required readings from the University library, and MCQs to re-enforce learning objectives, supported by online discussion boards. Activities, which will run in parallel to the didactic components and be matched to the learning objectives, will include online presentation of clinically acquired images, which students will interpret and analyse, both to teach imaging based anatomy and allow students practice image review for pathology recognition and identification.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe and contrast principles behind radiation and magnetic resonance based image acquisition
  2. locate and identify anatomical structures on medical images derived from common medical imaging techniques
  3. locate and derive differential diagnoses for common pathologies identifiable on medical images derived from common medical imaging techniques
  4. Critically appraise and rank anatomical case descriptions/summaries produced by your peers
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided through the institutional online learning environment.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry: students will be equipped to obtain, assess, analyse and evaluate imaging with a view to investigating diseases; students will become more adept and competent at diagnosis, using well designed, methodologically sound and practical imaging techniques.
2. Skills & abilities in Personal & Intellectual Autonomy: the online eLearning delivery format means students have to be self-motivated and self-directed in order to complete the coursework successfully. They will be directed to compulsory readings in the literature which will act as a springboard for further readings. Activities will be designed so that students have to work independently, before discussing and presenting their work to peers and tutors.
3. Skills and abilities in Communication: the success of online distance learning depends on interaction with peers and tutors. Activities will all have group components where students communicate with each other and learn to work together to achieve various goals. Discussion boards associated with each Module also will allow students to post questions as well as to answer questions of their peers. Students will develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools, including but not restricted to asynchronous discussion forums, wikis and other web 2.0 tools.
4. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness: the nature of the online distance learning environment means that students have to develop effective time management skills, as well as self-discipline with regards to regular study. They also need to juggle time-limited interactions with peers and tutors on which they are assessed.
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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