Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Pathology for Radiographers

Module titlePathology for Radiographers
Module codePAM2012
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Ms Liliana Rodrigues (Convenor)

Dr Martin Benwell (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module builds on PAM1011 Anatomy and Physiology for Radiographers.  A variety of learning methods are used to provide students with the opportunity to learn about common pathology encountered in the multi-disciplinary clinical environment.  This module supports PAM2003 Clinical Imaging 2, PAM2004 Clinical Imaging 3, PAM3006 Skeletal Image Interpretation as well as practice placement modules.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of common pathological processes encountered in the contemporary radiology department, together with gaining knowledge of the radiographic appearances of some pathological processes and injuries.  You will learn to research diseases which they are unfamiliar with and gain understanding of the role of imaging in diagnosis.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe altered states of anatomy and patho-physiology as demonstrated by medical imagining;
  • 2. Explain the basic principles of medical and sociological care in health, disease and trauma;
  • 3. Explain what imaging implications there are for patients suffering disease and trauma;
  • 4. Explain needs, constraints, controls and administration, in regard to use of contrast-enhancing media and drugs, for imaging and for resuscitation respectively;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Explain the principles of inter-professional working;
  • 6. Use appropriate sources of information to develop own knowledge;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. manage time and, with some guidance, prioritise workloads;
  • 8. use problem-solving skills in practical situations.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows:


Disease and trauma, particularly as demonstrated on diagnostic images

Axial skeleton: joints, associated musculature and other tissues.

Appendicular skeleton: joints, associated musculature and other tissues.

Thorax and abdomen: principal internal organs.

Neurological and mental health pathologies.

Patient care in disease and trauma

Manifestation and course of disease and trauma processes.

Sociological aspects of health and illness.

Care of the vulnerable adult.

Disability awareness.

Implications for patient care.

Implications for selection of imaging procedures.

Service user cases

Imaging implications of disease and trauma

Selection of imaging procedures.

Aspects relating to dynamic and physiologically based imaging.

Contrast agents and drugs used in imaging and resuscitation

Pharmacology of contrast agents (various modalities).

Pharmacology of drugs, e.g., for resuscitation and life support.

Methods of administration.

Related legislation and regulations.

Child Protection

The role of the radiographer in non-accidental injury (NAI).

Identification and classification of NAI.


Inter-professional Learning

Patient care pathways



Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2828x1-hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities105x2-hour practical sessions
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1 Tutorial support
Guided independent study12Directed background reading
Guided independent study149Reading, private study and revision


Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In-Class Test 1251 hour1-8Marks returned and discussed in tutorials
Written Examination (seen)752 hours + preparation1-8iExeeter and ELE


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written examination (seen)Written examination (seen) 1-8August/September assessment period
Written testWritten test1-8August/September assessment period


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Eisenberg R.L. and Johnson N.M. (2016), Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology (6th edition), Mosby, ISBN 9780323353243

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Tortora G.J. and Derrickson B. (2017), Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (15th edition), John Wiley, ISBN 9781119382928
  • Keats T and Anderson M. (2012), Atlas of normal roentgen variants that may simulate disease, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0323073554
  • Kowalczyk N. and Mace J.D. (2017), Radiographic Pathology for Technologists (7th edition), Mosby, ISBN 9780323675765Royal College of Radiologists and Society and College of Radiographers (2018), The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children, Society and College of Radiographers,  Ref No. BFCR(17)4a

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Images; Care; Diseases; Trauma; Patient; Drugs; Implications; Contrast; Procedures; Health.

Credit value20
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

PAM1011, PAM1015

NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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