Module Catalogue 2022/23

ONC8004 : Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Victoria Hewitt
  • Lecturer: Dr James Graham
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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The aim of this module is to give an overview of how different imaging modalities and imaging strategies can be used to assess patients with cancer. The module will give an introduction in to the different radiological tests that are available, outlining how they work and illustrating what a patient having the test may experience. The module will also describe how some common cancers present, in different systems of the body and how imaging can detect these for diagnosis and for assessing response to treatment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
Introduction to a Radiology Department      
Head and Neck Imaging
Chest Imaging
Female Imaging
Cancer of the Oesophagus, Stomach and Colon
Pancreatic and Liver Tumours
Renal, Urothelial and Prostate Cancer / Testis Tumours
Primary Lymph nodes / Metastatic Disease
Bone & Soft Tissue Tumours      
Radiotherapy Changes of Treatment      
Assessment of Response to Treatment      

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module students will able to:
• Appraise the advantages and disadvantages of the various imaging techniques used in the most common cancers.
• Select patient characteristics which will influence choice of imaging modality.
• Justify the clinical application of imaging techniques according to anatomical site and histological type of cancer.
• Distinguish key anatomical and pathological radiological features in a range of common cancer presentations.
• Describe and explain physiological and pathological processes for a given radiological appearance.
• Appraise the potential side effects and risks associated with various radiological diagnostic techniques

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module students will able to:      
•Interpret the appearance of common cancer types on cross sectional imaging
•Analyse the problems of diagnosing cancer radiologically
•Work collaboratively to produce evidence-based resources relating to cancer imaging
•Critically evaluate the outcome of cancer screening programmes on cancer mortality rates

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0036:00Online module content
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity74:0028:00Development o an artefact of learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Supplemental study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Synchronous online tutorials (via Zoom)
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation21:002:00Preparation for tutorial and post-tutorial study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through online module material, learning activities and private study (including directed reading) students will gain an overview of the role and relationships of the various imaging modalities and inform them of their value and limitations in diagnosing and planning the treatment of cancer.

Students will have the opportunity to come together for synchronous learning via online tutorials, offered at a range of times to suit the needs of learners in clinical practice and at distant locations.

Non-synchronous learning activities will be hosted on the module website (hosted by the VLE Canvas). Students are required to work collaboratively to produce an evidence-based educational resource appropriate for the authentic clinical context of a multi-disciplinary cancer team. This is designed to consolidate and contextualise their understanding of the subject, apply their learning to authentic practice and make new knowledge discoveries within the wider healthcare context.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M50Students co-create a knowledge artefact in the form of an evidence-based educational resource (2000 words per group)
Computer assessment2M5090 minute online MCQs (25 questions, including case-based scenarios and image interpretation)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MFormative MCQ/Short answers quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative Assessment

Quizzes (within the Canvas VLE platform) enable students to consolidate their learning, identify areas requiring further study and prepare for the MCQ component of the summative assessment.

Summative Assessments

MCQs (including case-based questions) will probe specific points of understanding and knowledge of the students across the module.

For the group collaborative assessment, students will be allocated to groups of 8-10 in size. The group will co-create an educational resource entitled "From early detection to treatment: A guide to imaging for new members of the [X CANCER] multidisciplinary team". The cancer type [X CANCER] is determined by the module leader depending on the overall number of students in the cohort, but will comprise the most common malignancies worldwide where a screening/ early detection programme is in place (notably breast, cervical and bowel cancers).
The group will work together to create a shared artefact of learning, drawing upon module and independently sourced material and using collaborative software (for instance Sway or OneNote available within the Microsoft office suite). Students will be provided a framework of required fields for this artefact. Learning activities early in the module introduce students to collaborative working. The final grade for this assessed group activity applies to all participants.


Students who fail the module overall must submit a 2000 word reflective account of their learning from this course as applied to their usual practice or professional role.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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