Professional course

Computed Tomography Technology

15 Credit, Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZYRMW15M
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Allied Health Professions
Campus:
Glenside
Delivery:
Distance Learning
Programme leader:
Simon Messer

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of the Computed Tomography Technology module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the physics and technology of computed tomography.
  • Critically evaluate the technical quality of CT images to determine errors and determine remedial action.
  • Critically evaluate current CT principles, safety, legislation, dosimetry and guidelines and apply these appropriately in a clinical setting.
  • Critically analyse a range of image reformatting and post processing technologies.
  • Demonstrate an in depth understanding of digital archiving systems, system networking and data transfer within Diagnostic Imaging/Radiotherapy practice.

Entry requirements

Radiography professional qualification or relevant clinical Computed Tomography (CT) experience.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Equipment

  • Scientific principles of CT equipment, technology development and terminology, including the different generations of CT scanners.
  • Fundamental specifics of CT equipment within a radiotherapy / hybrid imaging environment.
  • Equipment development from a detector perspective and subsequent impact upon current / future working practice. Dual source systems, detector panel developments, cone beam.
  • Equipment procurement suitability for service for current and future use.
  • Equipment positioning aids in diagnostic and radiotherapy practice.
  • 4D CT; cardiac and respiratory gating.

Safe working practice 

  • CT examination dosimetry and including verification / planning dose.
  • Radiation protection (patient and staff), current regulations and other relevant legislation, and guidelines, isodose curves.
  • Fundamentals of image formation in CT (incl. filtered back projection /reconstruction factors/ iterative reconstruction).
  • Dose modulation principles & application to clinical practice.
  • Scientific principles of modern contrast injector systems and application to clinical practice.

Image quality and quality assurance 

  • Image quality factors affecting this.
  • Fundamentals of image re-formatting (3D, maximum intensity projections (MIPs),  multiplanar reconstruction (MPR)) and image fusion (software & hardware based).
  • Reformatting data for radiotherapy planning (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) RT) and data archiving /Picture archiving and communication system(PACS) networks.
  • Quality Assurance and control tests in CT, reasoning behind tests, protocols and current legal and recommended requirements of such.
  • Detecting image artefacts in CT, equipment faults and problem solving.

Learning and Teaching

  • The teaching and learning strategy will embrace a series of vodcasts and self-directed activities presented via the VLE. Students will also engage in knowledge construction peer learning and social constructivism through work on the wiki.
  • The wiki will provide a medium for tutor facilitation and formative feedback/feedforward.

Scheduled Learning
Keynote lectures presented as vodcasts, wiki facilitation

Independent learning
Essential reading, wiki writing, group work, assessment preparation.

Study time

This module is completed over 10 weeks with you being expected to fully contribute each week. Whilst this can be done in your own time, it is highly recommended that you look to negotiate regular study time, recommended at half day a week equivalent, with your manager.

Assessment

Rationale

Working in groups, students will write a Wiki throughout the run of the module. The wiki will be themed on the learning outcomes and drawing from lecture/ vodcast content and material from independent study. Grades will reflect individual contribution and academic performance.

The creation of the wiki is very much a learning process and therefore this component of assessment takes an assessment for learning approach. The wiki will be facilitated  by a tutor who will be able to provide formative feedback/feedforward.

The Assessment:

  • The individual contribution to a wiki.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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