Professional course Fundamental Applications of Computed Tomography

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Course Director
Reshma Noranho

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


On successful completion of the Fundamental Applications of Computed Tomography Masters level module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate CT protocols for various anatomical regions
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of current practice in Computerised Tomography
  • Critically evaluate contemporary research concerning  CT technology in order to inform practice, and implement new approaches where appropriate
  • Critically evaluate the contribution that CT makes to diagnostic tests/procedures or radiotherapy practice, in the context of differential diagnosis
  • Perform a comprehensive range of CT procedures skillfully, safely, and to a high standard, demonstrating an ability to adapt effectively to new or unusual situations
  • Justify the contribution and the role of CT to the overall management of patients.

Entry requirements

You must have radiography professional qualification or relevant clinical Computed Tomography (CT) experience.

You will not be able to access this module if you do not have a Mentor and/or Departmental support to complete the necessary appraisals, log-numbers and monthly reports. Please contact the Module Leader if you have any queries relating to this.



Clinical Protocols

Rationale for the use, adaptation and development of CT acquisition protocols in diagnostic and radiotherapy CT units. Consideration for patient preparation including:

  • Head, neck, neurology & ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • Cancer staging (neck. chest, abdomen & pelvis)
  • Angiography
  • Trauma (Head)
  • Trauma / Orthopaedics
  • Respiratory (pulmonary embolism / lung cancer/ 4DCT)
  • Radiotherapy planning (including stereotactic frames)
  • Cardiac imaging (fundamental knowledge)
  • CT Colonography (screening & symptomatic)

Management and Organization

  • Consideration for organization and management of CT service provision
  • Ethical and legal issues relating to CT practice, to include Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations (2000) (IR(ME)R) and Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR) (1999).

Patient Care

  • Evaluate patient care, preparation and quality enhancement to service delivery
  • Contrast the scanning requirements of specialist patient groups including anaesthetized, sedated and paediatric patients
  • Appraise the use of contrast agents within CT relating to risk/ benefit issues and dealing with adverse reactions.

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled Learning
Teaching and learning methods will include, but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading, VLE discussion board fora with specific objectives, workplace tasks, and other study tasks deemed appropriate to the development of student knowledge. Formative feedback on allocated study tasks will be provided.

Independent Learning
Includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below.

Placement Learning 
Students on this module will be working in the field of Computed Tomography.  There will be competency based tasks to complete locally as per the clinical portfolio component. This will be assessed with on-site Mentors.

Study time

Contact hours will be achieved via a variety of learning methods. This will be equivalent to 72 hours. 

  • Some material will be videoed lectures made available on BlackBoard for all learners.
  • Learners will have the option to attend these recordings but this will not be compulsory.
  • Subject specific vodcasts with associated self-directed leaning tasks.
  • Work based appraisal completion.

Contact with the Module Leader for discussion of module related issues will be facilitated by e-mail, telephone conversations and discussion boards.


A practice based portfolio and a 2,500 word written assignment will be used to assess the achievement of the learning outcomes.

Component A - Practice Based Portfolio

This practice based assessment requires the production of a clinical portfolio of evidence. This portfolio must contain the following:

  • Record of clinical experience
  • Clinical assessments of actual patient examinations.

Further details are available in the module handbook.

Rationale: An opportunity for the student to demonstrate clinical competence. The portfolio is assessed in practice and marked as pass/fail as students need to meet a minimum requirement to practice safely at this level.  The academic team will oversee and moderate the marking of the portfolio.  There is opportunity for students to demonstrate progression of competencies (where appropriate) and receive formative feedback throughout practice.

Component B Written Assignment

A 2,500 word case study.

Rationale: an opportunity for the student to demonstrate an appreciation of the role of a CT practitioner and operator as defined by IR(ME)R regulations 2000.


Study facilities

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Prices and dates

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Please note: 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.


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How to apply

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