Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

PgCert/PgDip/MSc Diagnostic Imaging Reporting

Diagnostic imaging reporting enables radiographers in clinical practice to advance their skills in the field of interpretation of radiographic images. The course enables radiographers to produce clinical radiology reports that facilitate in the diagnosis of patients.

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Part-time

  • PgCert 1 year, PgDip 2 years, MSc 3 years

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September 2018 entry

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As a practising radiographer you are enabled to work at an advanced level through using some of our innovative distance learning tools. You learn through a variety of methods including webinars, discussion boards, quizzes and other learning materials.You have access to our online Teesside University Picture Archive and Communication System, which contains over a million radiographic images and reports, as well as our Structured Preliminary Clinical Evaluation (SPiCE) system. Due to the number of images, we also develop a virtual placement, allowing you to have your own real-time work list, similar to clinical practice. The SPiCE system allows you instant feedback on your work using accuracy, sensitivity and specificity.

The course is split into three sections with the PgCert allowing you to report on appendicular and axial skeleton and the PgDip allowing you to progress further and produce imaging reports on chest radiographs. Our clinical modules cover the major anatomies of the body and our principles module introduces you to the theory that underpins the writing of diagnostic radiographic reports. To enable you to go on to the MSc we also have modules in research design that lead into the dissertation module in the third year.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Clinical Appendicular Reporting

You develop your skills in the reporting of musculoskeletal radiographs of the appendicular skeleton. The cover anatomy and physiology, accident and emergency medicine, image interpretation and differential diagnosis, orthopaedic medicine, radiological appearances of normal and pathological conditions, and the role of alternate imaging strategies relating to the appendicular skeleton.

Clinical Axial Reporting

You develop your skills in the reporting of musculoskeletal radiographs of the axial skeleton. You cover anatomy and physiology, image interpretation and differential diagnosis, and radiological appearances of normal and pathological conditions.

Principles of Reporting Practice

You develop your reporting, self-auditing skills, and gain an appreciation of the medico-legal environment in which the reporting of radiographic images sits. You study constructing a report, written schemes and protocols, the psychology and physiology of image perception, and transition to mastery.

 

Year 2 core modules

Clinical Chest Reporting

You enhance your skills in the reporting of chest radiographs from a variety of referral sources. You study anatomy and physiology of the chest, respiratory and emergency medicine, image interpretation and differential diagnosis, epidemiology, and radiological appearances of normal and pathological conditions.

Designing Research Projects

You gain the knowledge and skills you need to design and manage a primary or secondary research audit or evaluation project that’s relevant to your practice. You also cover research governance and ethics, and prepare for applying for ethical approval or release. And we prepare you for your dissertation if you choose to progress to the master’s programme.

 

Final-year core modules

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

The course is delivered by distance learning, meaning that the materials and synchronous sessions can be accessed wherever you have access to a computer and an internet connection. You are given an induction to familiarise yourself with this new way of learning and to help you become accustomed to the software.

The synchronous sessions are delivered through a webinar (a seminar on the internet) meaning that you have instant interaction with the tutor and your fellow students. There are also structured activities such as discussion boards and instant messaging, quizzes, and the opportunity to undertake image interpretation at your leisure using our Teesside University Picture Archiving and Communication System (TUPACS).

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that all assessments can take place easily for distance learners, these include examinations, case studies, and portfolio assessments. All of these can be undertaken online and using our TUPACS and own Structured Preliminary Clinical Evaluation (SPiCE) system, which has been adapted for reporting radiographers.

Entry requirements

Applicants should:

  • be HCPC registered UK radiographers who possess an appropriate honours degree (2.2 and above) or equivalent
  • have access to a relevant radiographic imaging caseload
  • have agreement of their line manager
  • have a clinical mentor to support their education and training.


Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • PgCert 1 year, PgDip 2 years, MSc 3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

Contact details

Further information