Module Catalogue

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

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr James Graham
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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      

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion44:0016:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0048:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity122:0024:00Completing worksheets
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion121:0012:00Via discussion board
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1402M100Online MCQs (5 individually timed MCQs, 20 minutes per 10 questions. 50 questions in total)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination2MFormative MCQ/Short answers quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module has a series of online tutorials which will illustrate key concepts of radiological imaging. The online format allows students to participate in the course from any location. The students participating in the course will often have different work experience (allied medical professionals, pharmacists, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, etc) and so can have widely differing prior knowledge of medical sciences. The tutorials have been constructed to deliver key information at an introductory level to those new to the topic, which will be assessed at summative assessment via online timed Multiple Choices Questions.
Multiple choice questions (formative) will help to promote reflection in students in order to identify areas of strength, weakness or misunderstanding. MCQs (summative) will probe specific points of understanding and knowledge of the students across the module.

Additionally the tutorials contain additional complexity to engage and challenge those who already have some knowledge of the disease process and treatment options.

Reading Lists