Imaging With Non Ionising Radiation (SPE104)

10 credits

Aim of this module

To introduce the trainee to a range of equipment and techniques used in ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and non-imaging techniques, and understand the effects of image acquisition parameters

 

  1. Assist with the use of harmonic imaging, contrast agents and Doppler techniques to maximise the diagnostic potential of ultrasound imaging, including determining blood flow. 
  2. Perform routine quality control measurements on ultrasound scanners, including general, small parts and cardiac scanners. 
  3. Perform routine quality control measurements on a clinical magnetic resonance scanner. 
  4. Discuss a range of normal and pathological images obtained using simple pulse sequences, and evaluate the effect of contrast media.
  5. Perform measurements and record the output of a range of equipment, g. lasers, ultraviolet (UV) and physiotherapy ultrasound.
  6. Perform the required safety and quality controls checks on a range of non-ionising, non-imaging equipment, for example lasers, UV and physiotherapy ultrasound. 
  7. Perform a risk assessment of a non-ionising radiation facility. 
  8. Undertake performance testing on a range of non-ionising equipment. 
  9. Identify and critically appraise the mode of operation and scientific principles of a new and emerging technology, and the evidence base underpinning the technology. 
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Use Doppler to determine blood flow characteristics, appropriately selecting harmonic imaging, Doppler and other techniques to maximise the diagnostic potential

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2 1

Investigate the effects of user selectable parameters such as Time-gain compensation (TGC), gain, power, etc, on the viewable image

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3 2

Perform routine quality control measurements on ultrasound scanners, including general, small parts and cardiac scanners

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4 2

Make measurements of ultrasound power output

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5 3

Perform routine quality control measurements on a clinical magnetic resonance scanner

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6 4

Investigate the methods of varying the tissue contrast weighting using a contrast phantom

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7 4

Review a range of normal and pathological images obtained in one common application using simple pulse sequences

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8 5

Measure and record the output of a range of equipment, eg lasers, UV and physiotherapy ultrasound

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9 6

Perform safety and quality control checks on a range of equipment, eg lasers, UV and physiotherapy ultrasound

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10 6

Measure and analyse quantitative measurements of non-imaging equipment performance

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11 7

Work safely in rooms where exposure to non-ionising radiation may present a hazard.

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12 7

Perform a risk assessment of a non- ionising radiation facility.

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13 8

Make patient exposure measurements and performance testing on a range of non-ionising equipment.

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14 9

Critically appraise an emerging modality

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15 3

Undertake online and offline analysis and interpretation of the results.

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Measure the output of a source of non ionising radiation DOPS
Perform a risk assessment of a non ionising radiation facility DOPS
Measure and analyse quantitative equipment performance DOPS
Measure and analyse quantitative imaging equipment performance DOPS

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the legislation that applies to safe working within the radiation, workshop and clinical environments. 
  2. Explain the physical principles behind the interaction of radiation with matter.
  3. Describe the basis of clinical measurement. 
  4. Discuss and evaluate the role of Medical Physics in innovation and service development.

Indicative Content

  • The physics and mathematics of image formation with ionising radiation as it relates to:
    • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • ultrasound
    • imaging with lasers
  • Introduction to image reconstruction techniques
  • Introduction to image processing and analysis
  • Image display characteristics
  • Clinical application and a basic understanding of normal and pathological appearances within the image
  • Introduction to image registration
  • Quality assurance