Imaging Science and Endoscopy (HPS305)

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Imaging Science and Endoscopy (HPS305)

Module Objective

Imaging modalities are an important component of modern healthcare. In urodynamics and GI this currently includes: endoscopy; endo-anal and endorectal ultrasound; video urodynamics; barium enema; etc and is particularly relevant to upper GI and lower abdominal imaging. By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to critically analyse and synthesise their understanding of medical imaging and apply their knowledge to the care of patients referred to gastrointestinal physiology and urodynamic services. This module will enable Clinical Scientists in HSST to develop a broader perspective on the investigation and management of patients referred to their service with respect to common imaging modalities used to support urodynamic and gastrointestinal physiological sciences investigations.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and apply their knowledge with respect to a range of modalities utilised in the investigation and management of patients referred to gastrointestinal physiology and urodynamic services including: 

  • principles of the key imaging modalities including image formation and the origin of common imaging artefacts for the modalities studied:
    • endoscopy.
    • ultrasound.
    • radiography.
    • video fluoroscopy.
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
    • Positron emission tomography (PET)
    • Computed tomography (CT)
    • nuclear medicine.
  • properties of analogue and digital images, and an introduction to image reconstruction, registration, display and quality assurance.
  • introduction to the principles of common image processing methods including;
    • equalisation.
    • filtering.
    • edge detection.
    • segmentation.
  • formation of video image sequences, and the properties of video images.
  • key image storage and archival methods.

Integrate imaging, endoscopic and physiological data within your clinical scientific practice to allow accurate scientific reporting in context with patient’s condition.

By the end of the module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations consistently demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. Within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will: 

  • provide leadership regarding service and professional issues.
  • know and maintain highest standards of professional behaviour.
  • ensure that examination, whilst clinically appropriate and within the constraints of the role of Consultant Clinical Scientist, considers social, cultural and religious boundaries; appropriately communicate findings and make alternative arrangements where necessary