Fundamental Applications of Computed Tomography

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

To apply you must have a radiography professional qualification or relevant clinical Computed Tomography (CT) experience. You will not be able to access this course if you do not have a mentor and/or departmental support to complete the necessary appraisals, log-numbers and monthly reports. Please contact the course leader (see UWE course page via 'Visit Website') if you have any queries relating to this.

This course is offered at Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • 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.


Contact hours will be equivalent to 72 hours and will consist of videoed lectures (you 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 course leader for discussion of module related issues will be facilitated by e-mail, telephone conversations and discussion boards.

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