Module - Imaging with Ionizing Radiation 1 (SPE151)
Clinical experiential learning is the range of activities trainees may undertake in order to gain the experience and evidence to demonstrate their achievement of module competencies and assessments. The list is not definitive or mandatory, but training officers should ensure, as best training practice, that trainees gain as many of these clinical experiences as possible. They should be included in training plans, and once undertaken they should support the completion of module assessments and competencies within the e-portfolio.
Clinical experiential learning
- Produce a case study for a patient undergoing a nuclear medicine imaging procedure and participate in the multidisciplinary reporting of clinical images for that case study.
- Produce information for patients, including estimation of risk.
- Produce a plan and timetable for acceptance testing of a major piece of imaging equipment, to include evaluation of the equipment in terms of its effectiveness in service delivery and improvement in patient care.
- Produce a report summarising performance testing, calibration and recommended actions for at least one major piece of imaging equipment.
- Perform a literature search on a new or novel imaging procedure and provide a critical report, to include key aspects of innovation and improvement for service delivery and patient care.
- Prepare a standard operating procedure for a new or novel imaging technique, to include, where appropriate, patient handling.
- Perform a radiation risk assessment for a new or novel imaging technique with regard to patients, staff and members of the public.
- Produce or modify image analysis software for a clinical or non-clinical application and include rationale for improvement in patient care.
Non-Imaging Radionuclide Tests
- Carry out an audit of a non-imaging procedure to establish compliance with available guidance.
- Modify and develop data analysis software (as far as local arrangements allow), with independent verification of results, evaluate the development in terms of possible improvements in service delivery and patient investigation and treatment.
- Review a number of patient results and critically appraise the pathway for referral, diagnosis and treatment from a multidisciplinary team.
- Identify a patient referred for a non-imaging investigation. Review clinical details and with the help of medical colleagues assess the results and the implications.
- Identify at least two patients undertaking radionuclide therapy and tailor behavioural restrictions based on their individual circumstances. Discuss and review with your supervisor.
- Prepare or modify patient information for a specific procedure and discuss this with your supervisor.
- Advise new ward staff on radiation safety for a particular type of therapy.
- Follow a patient through therapy administration and subsequent monitoring and provide a report prior to discharge. Review and evaluate the monitoring process, including the effect on patient engagement, experience and outcome.
- Participate in the acquisition of data collected to determine tracer retention for patient-specific dosimetry. Discuss your results with your supervisor.
- Prepare an audit to compare local practice with current guidance and recommend any changes required.
- Perform a case study of a particular patient based on their clinical indications, imaging, therapy and post-treatment outcome.
Diagnostic Radiology: Equipment Performance
- In addition to working within the host department, the trainee should visit another diagnostic radiology physics department and compare test equipment, protocols and frequencies. This will enable the trainee to reflect on the procedures and test equipment in the host department, looking at best/poor practice in quality assurance.
- The trainee should compare and contrast available test equipment with regard to specifications and ease of use. This may also include a review of available calibration facilities and the procedures performed on calibration.
- The trainee should attend some multidisciplinary sessions with regard to expanding their clinical knowledge about the uses of ionising imaging.