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Module Title
Diagnostic Image Reporting Of The Appendicular Musculo-skeletal System

Reporting, healthcare practitioner, appendicular skeleton

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2012
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedDecember 2015
Version No.3

Prerequisites for Module

Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant health care discipline.

Corequisite Modules

HSM131; HSM132 and HSM134, or recognition of prior learning

Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

The aim of the module is to enable the participant to develop to the required standard, clinical skills in the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of radiographs of the appendicular musculo-skeletal system in order to provide a diagnostic image report.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Clinically analyse, interpret and critically evaluate diagnostic image appearances of the Appendicular musculo-skeletal system to a specified accuracy level.
2. Through effective clinical reasoning, demonstrate synthesis and appropriate judgements in determining the outcomes and consequences of radiographic appearance.
3. Critically appraise and communicate radiological findings in a holistic manner relative to the clinical presentation of the patient.
4. Assess the quality assurance factors required enabling the critical evaluation of their performance in appendicular musculo-skeletal reporting.

Indicative Module Content

Application of the principles of pattern recognition and image interpretation of plain radiographs of the appendicular musculo-skeletal system
Production of reports for musculo-skeletal diagnostic images
Patient management and onward referral
Recognition and evaluation of the validity of other imaging modalities in the diagnosis of appendicular musculo-skeletal conditions
Employing a range of measurement approaches to demonstrate the level of agreement with the accepted standard

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Part Time
Clinically based assessment
Lectures, tutorials, workshops

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures; workshops; work based learning

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4


Indicative Bibliography

1.Holmes, E.J. and Misra, R.R., 2006. A-Z of emergency radiology. Cambridge: Churchill Livingstone.
2.McConnell, J., Eyres, R., Nightingale, J., 2005. Interpreting trauma radiographs. Oxon : Blackwell.
3.Au-Yong, I., Au-Yong, A. and Broderick ,N. 2010. On-Call X-rays made easy. London, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
4.Hardy, M. and Snaith, B. 2011. Musculoskeletal trauma. A guide to assessment and diagnosis. London, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
5.Raby, N., Berman, L., De Lacey, G., 2005. Accident & emergency radiology: a survival guide. London: Elsevier Saunders.
6.Journal articles and professional publications.


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