Diagnostic Radiology: Equipment Performance (SPE155)

Work-based learning outcomes

  1. Measure and record levels and characteristics of radiation
  2. Calibrate and test equipment that measures radiation
  3. Perform measurements appropriate to safety testing, commissioning and periodic routine testing of a wide range of diagnostic systems
  4. Devise an appropriate test schedule for safety testing, commissioning and routine testing for a diagnostic imaging system new to the trainee
  5. Devise and undertake the specification and evaluation of new diagnostic systems
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 2

Decide on appropriate tests to apply to the assessment of the measuring device to ensure that it is performing according to its specified standard

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2 1

Undertake and/or arrange for tests to be carried out in an environment, and with facilities, that are appropriate and traceable to national standards

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3 2

Obtain and interpret the results of tests and calibrations and report on the performance on the equipment

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4 3

Operate and perform routine quality assurance measurements safely on simple X-ray equipment for quality assurance (eg dental, mobile and general radiography), using a range of image detector technologies

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5 3,5

Perform commissioning and acceptance tests on simple X-ray equipment and detectors

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6 1

Operate and perform routine quality assurance measurements safely on mammography equipment

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7 3,5

Perform commissioning and acceptance tests on mammography equipment

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8 3

Operate fluoroscopy systems and perform appropriate routine QA measurements safely

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9 3,5

Perform commissioning and acceptance tests on fluoroscopy equipment

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10 3

Safely operate Computed Tomography systems and perform appropriate routine QA measurements

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11 3,5

Perform commissioning and acceptance tests on Computed Tomography X-ray equipment

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12 4

Devise test schedule for a diagnostic imaging system new to the trainee

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13 4

Instigate corrective action based on an evaluation of safety performance results

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14 4

Critically review safety performance programmes and make recommendations  if appropriate

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15 5

Devise and undertake a critical examination for complex equipment, for example a cardiac intervention suite or Computed Tomography scanner

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You must complete
2 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Test leakage of an X-ray tube DOPS
Beam quality assessment for a diagnostic X-ray machine DOPS
Measure radiation output for a diagnostic X-ray machine DOPS
Perform scattered dose rate measurements DOPS
Assess light field / radiation field alignment DOPS
Calibrate and performance test a PACS reporting workstation DOPS
Assess the performance of an automatic exposure control system on a radiographic unit DOPS
Measure the radiation air Kerma for a mammography machine DOPS
Measure tube voltages on a CT scanner DOPS
Measure the focal spot on an x-ray machine DOPS
Measure intensifier input dose rates in fluroscopy and acquisition modes for continuous and pulsed modes of operation DOPS
Measure the scattered dose rate around a fluoroscopy x-ray unit DOPS
Measure the radiation air Kerma for a bone densitometry machine DOPS
Assess and interpret image quality and dose using a clinical phantom OCE