RDGY10090 Healthcare Imaging and Information Systems

Academic Year 2023/2024

The aim of this module is to provide students with limited experience of the general healthcare environment and radiology department with an overview of some key technologies so that they would be better positioned to respond to and/or inform a lay person about these technologies, how examinations are performed, their potential roles in disease along with some safety considerations.

The module will be divided into three core areas:
1) The Imaging systems component of the module will introduce students to the role that diagnostic imaging plays in the diagnosis & treatment of disease and injury. This strand of the module will provide an overview of the basic technological and operating principles for a range of imaging modalities such as X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound (US), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radionuclide Imaging (RNI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and angiography imaging. Students will also be given a brief introduction to the image appearance for each of these modalities and will be provided with a basic explanation of various anatomical and pathological appearances provided through a resource of images. The current and future use of imaging modalities will be discussed along with the strengths and limitations of imaging in the diagnosis of disease and injury.

2) The Diagnostic Imaging Safety and Legislation strand will focus on an introduction to radiation safety. A summary of radiation legislation (S.I. 256, 2018) will be provided. This will address the important issues of Justification, Optimisation, ALARA principles and referral guidelineswhich relate directly to quality and patient safety.

3) The Healthcare Information Systems strand of this module will provide a brief insight into Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) including HIS, RIS, PACS, EPR and their role and function in the daily operations of a modern healthcare environment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
Knowledge outcomes:
- Describe in basic terms the principles of operation and clinical application of a range of imaging modalities covered.
- Discuss which imaging modality is best used to image specific anatomy and pathology based on evidence based guidelines;
- Be able to discuss the concepts of justification of imaging examinations and consider radiation dose considerations for patients in particular relevant to national legislation;
- Discuss the use of a hospital information system for administrating patient information and data protection considerations.

Professional Skills:
- Develop group / team-work skills and critically evaluate their individual contribution and performance as a part of a team as well as that of other team members.

Personal /Professional development:
- Use computer assisted learning (CAL) labs to further their studies;
- Use creative talents to design an innovative and informative patient booklet

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Computer Aided Lab


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning is structured around a series of didactic lectures which deliver most of the learning content but crucially students are provided with computer aided learning sessions to allow them to independently dive deeper in to the materials using a strucutred approach. There is active task based learning as students engage in an interdisciplinary group project to produce a patient information resource in which they also peer assess each others contributions.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
RDGY30520 - Medical Imaging (Clin/Res)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Completion of four Computer Aided Lab (CAL) journals. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Examination: Multiple Choice Quiz: A series of multi-response questions which are based on all the content covered in the module. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Each group will design a patient information resource on the imaging used for an assigned disease. Self & Peer ratings will be used to calculate individual student grades. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For CAL journals, individual automated feedback will be provided upon submission. For the groupwork project students peer review each others contributions to the project via peer assessment and also have an opportunity to get feedback on a draft prior to submission and get detailed group level feedback on their project following submission. Feedback is also given to the entire class on the standards of group projects submitted. Group and individual feedback will be provided post MCQ assessment.

Royal College of Radiologists (2017). iRefer : making the best use of clinical radiology. Eight Edition.
Name Role
Assoc Professor Patrick Felle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Aine Lunney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Shauna Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Louise Rainford Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Rachel Toomey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer