Medical Imaging and the Human Body
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Up until the 20th century, our understanding of human anatomy came largely from dissection. Beginning with a brief history of anatomy, this course looks at how the application of x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance and other imaging techniques have allowed us to delve inside the body in different ways, and so develop a more detailed understanding of a variety of body functions and conditions.
Topics to be covered:
- A very brief history of anatomy
- Using instruments to examine / monitor the body
- The body electric
- X-rays: from cathode rays to CT scans
- X-rays and the human body
- From sonar to ultrasound
- Magnetism: from Mesmer to MRI
- Medical Imaging and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
- Radioactivity: natural and artificial sources, alpha, beta and gamma radiation. Functional imaging with radioisotopes.
- Positron Emission Tomography
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the development and current application of the wide variety of physical techniques that can be used to image and monitor the condition of the human body.
Learning and Teaching
There will be lectures, discussions and case studies.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
There is no specific course book, and the tutor will supply any written material that is essential for the course.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.