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Last modified: 20 Jun 2019 12:35

Course Overview

The Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection Deeper Study will give you to opportunity to learn about a wide range of diagnostic modalities used in clinical practice, such as computed and digital radiography, fluoroscopy, CT and mammography.  You will also learn about Radiation Protection legislation in the UK and how this is applied.  The course will include hands-on practical work in ARI where you will have the opportunity to use x-ray equipment and a variety of detectors.  This course provides a solid knowledge base for going on to work in a medical physics department.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andy Welch

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either MSc Medical Physics (Studied) or MSc Medical Imaging (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In this course you will learn about the use of x-rays as a diagnostic imaging tool, including x-ray equipment design and use, image formation and factors affecting image quality.  We will look at the legislative requirements and guidance concerning radiation protection in the hospital setting.  Radiation doses to patients and staff will be studied as well as procedures for restricting dose to staff and patients such as shielding calculations, emergency procedures and contingency planning.  Issues associated with transporting radioactive materials will be studied.  We will also look at the use of non-ionising radiations (lasers and UV) in hospitals and the legislations and guidance in place concerning their use.

Further Information & Notes

Restricted to students taking one of the two BMP PgT programmes.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 27, 29, 33
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 28, 32, 34
  • 4 Lectures during University weeks 30 - 31
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 31, 31

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1 90 minute written examination (66.67%); continuous assessment (33.33%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Under normal circumstances all coursework is marked and returned to the students (with feedback) within two weeks of submission

Course Learning Outcomes


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