Current Applications in Hybrid Imaging Practice
15 credit Masters level module
About this course
Page last updated 18 September 2018
This module has been developed to enable individuals to demonstrate a good level of understanding associated with the current applications of hybrid imaging practice.
During the module you will cover areas such as; equipment design, safety, current training implications and the most effective use of this developing imaging modality.
You will also consider future development opportunities for the hybrid imaging practitioner and relate these to potential growth areas in clinical practice.
Careers / Further study
This module contributes towards MSc Nuclear Medicine.
SPECT/CT Equipment Including Safe Working Practice
- An introduction to imaging equipment commonly used with a hybrid imaging environment (including ancillary equipment)
- Common image acquisition and processing techniques
- Factors affecting image quality with consideration as to strategies designed to limit/rectify such occurrences
- Common applications of hybrid imaging technique, with linkage to relevant legislation
- SPECT/CT room design to incorporate safety considerations
PET/CT Equipment Including Safe Working Practice
- As above but considering PET/CT as opposed to SPECT/CT
Fundamental Imaging Parameters within the Hybrid Environment
- Fundamental acquisition parameters in hybrid imaging
- Fundamental utilisation of Computed Tomography within the hybrid imaging environment
- Radiation protection implications to be considered when performing a CT scan within the hybrid imaging environment, including compliance with current legislation
- Fundamentals of CT multi-planar reconstruction
- An introduction to the major components of a modern CT scanner
- The development of fundamental quality control tests
- Principle of SPECT/CT imaging as applied to cardiac, neurology and oncology imaging
Impact of Hybrid Imaging on Patient Management
- Care of the patient within the hybrid imaging environment including appropriate preparation and dosimetry considerations
- Clinical value of hybrid imaging within current patient pathways
- Clinical indications / applications for the use of SPECT/CT
- Current national hybrid imaging guidelines and Government strategies
- The future integration of hybrid imaging systems within radiotherapy practice
- Further establishment of multidisciplinary roles within a hybrid imaging environment
- Justification and current thinking related to the use of Computed Tomography within the hybrid environment
- Justification and current thinking related to the use of resolution recovery within the hybrid environment
- The future production of radiopharmaceutical tracers required for hybrid Imaging Practice
- An introduction to PET/MR, developing an appreciation of its current position in clinical practice and the growing knowledge base surrounding the clinical applications of the modality
Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been developed to enable individuals to demonstrate a good level of understanding associated with the current applications of hybrid imaging practice. This will include such things as equipment design, safety, current training implications and the most effective use of this developing imaging modality. The module will also consider future development opportunities for the hybrid imaging practitioner and relate these to potential growth areas in clinical practice. These topics will provide the student with the opportunity to consider the developing role of the modality and how through appropriate use/optimisation it can be used to enhance overall diagnostic pathways.
To ensure engagement in the module learning opportunities, assessment will be linked to involvement in and contribution to discussion boards where specific tasks will be set. The tasks will be constructed to ensure that the module learning outcomes must be addressed. Contributions to these tasks will form source material from which students may extract content to add to their case study/presentation.
Experience from other modules using this format indicates the potential for valuable discussion relating to the module content and helps ensure timely engagement as opposed to leaving personal study and revision to the end of the module delivery. The capacity to engage in debate with peers helps to facilitate networking, peer/shared learning and knowledge exchange.
A variety of teaching approaches will be utilised within the module.
Scheduled learning will include upto 30 hours engaged with lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion board entries, project supervision, work based learning.
Independent learning will include upto 120 hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, presentation development and presentation construction and personal reflection on learning
Additional student centred learning guided by tutorials and discussion will include
- Evaluation and discussion of current working practices
- Consideration as to the future role of the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner.
Contact hours will be delivered via a variety of learning approaches that will include distance based education supplemented by knowledge exchange events. This distance based education will embrace the University's current vision associated with Technology Enhanced learning. Such learning will include but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading, VLE discussion board forums 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. Contact with the module leader for discussion of module related issues will be facilitated by e-mail, phone conversations and through interaction at the knowledge exchange events.
A 1,500 word case study and a 10 minute audio narrated presentation will demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. The 1500 word case study will enable the student to either
- Consider their current departmental protocolslinked to hybrid imaging and through reflective practice demonstrate the importance of the modality to current patient pathways.
- Discuss how the introduction of hybrid imaging within a Nuclear Medicine department might alter/enhance the patient pathway.
The audio narrated presentation will provide the student with the opportunity to critically evaluate the established and emerging roles of the hybrid imaging practitioner within current clinical practice. This may include discussion related to some of the following areas:
- The appropriate use of Computed Tomography within the hybrid imaging environment
- The development of cross-sectional anatomy skills for the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner
- Radiation protection considerations for hybrid practice
- Development of extended roles for the non-medic within hybrid imaging
- The development of core competencies for hybrid practice
Discussion board activities will provide the opportunity for engagement with peer assisted learning and profession specific debate. Such activities will help consolidate hybrid imaging knowledge and provide a focus for the development of new ideas.
Formative assessment related to these discussion board contributions will be provided by the module team and will highlight good student understanding and areas where further exploration and development might appear appropriate.
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