Diagnostic Imaging Program Curriculum

Brief course descriptions for the Diagnostic Imaging Sciences Program.

Core Curriculum

Course Instructors: J. Wong, K. Murnaghan

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

Conceptual understanding and skills to participate in the development of evidence based recommendations through the systematic review of original scientific literature. This includes how to develop a research question; developing and conducting a systematic literature search; screening the literature for relevant; critically appraising the literature for its methodological quality; and learning how to combine relevant literature using evidence synthesis to provide useful answers to clinical questions.

Course Instructors: S. Dunham

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

The fundamental theories and practice of effective teaching and learning are intrroduced: exploring teacher identity and philosophy; determining characteristics, diversities and learning styles; discussing adult learning theories; exploring approaches to teaching and learning; developing strategies for designing and facilitating learning experiences; and assessing curriculum, student learning and teaching practice. These areas of adult education are examined utilizing self directed learning, critical reflection and experiential learning strategies.

Course Instructors: P. Stern

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

Knowledge and understanding of specific clinical conditions and skills to effectively interpret and communicate this knowledge in structured presentations are emphasized. The focus is on conceptual understanding and problem solving as opposed to factual recall, as well as encouraging active learning through discussion. Different teaching and lecturing strategies are utilized to enhance presentation skills.

Course Instructors: P. Côté, S. Howarth, S. Mior, J. Wong

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

In this introduction to clinical research methods, general principles of research design and data collection and interpretation are presented. Development of basic skills necessary to conduct and interpret clinical research is emphasized.

Course Instructors: S. Hogg-Johnson

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

Understanding of the fundamental basics of statistical analysis to enable its application to clinical studies is emphasized through the development of basic skills necessary to plan for conducting and writing original clinical research including thesis proposal development.

Course Instructor: P. Stern

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

Advanced knowledge and understanding of specific clinical conditions, as well as enhancing presentation skills are emphasized. Advanced Graduate Student Rounds help toward development of a deeper conceptual understanding and enhancement of problem solving skills. Different teaching and lecturing strategies are utilized to increase presentation skills.

Field Specific Curriculum - Diagnostic Imaging

Course Instructors: V. Kumar

Total hours: 21

Credits: 1.5

Principles of diagnostic imaging and radiation health including image production and the factors affecting image quality are reviewed. Emphasis is on basic physics, machine components and procedures associated with fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sonography and scintigraphy imaging systems.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 36

Credits: 3

Advanced knowledge in normal imaging anatomy, skeletal anomalies and variants, and skeletal dysplasias is emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses. Special imaging studies are integrated throughout the various topics.

Course Instructors: C. Columbus

Total hours: 26

Credits: 1.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal traumatic conditions and their recognition on various imaging modalities is emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications emphasized. An understanding of the various musculoskeletal traumatic disorders enables the construction of a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management. Special imaging studies are integrated throughout the various topics.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 54

Credits: 4.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of tumour and tumour-like disorders and their recognition on various imaging modalities is emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses. Special imaging studies are integrated throughout the various topics.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 18

Credits: 1.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of infectious disorders and their recognition on various imaging modalities is emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 18

Credits: 1.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of metabolic, endocrine and nutritional disorders of the bone and their recognition on various imaging modalities are emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 18

Credits: 1.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of hematopoietic disorders of bone and their recognition on various imaging modalities are emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: V. Kumar

Total hours: 54

Credits: 4.5

To further knowledge and understanding of articular disorders, the clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: TBA

Total hours: 54

Credits: 4.5

Advanced knowledge and understanding of normal anatomy and associated regional conditions of the musculoskeletal system as it presents on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emphasized. Recognition of various MRI sequences and the steps required for proceeding through an organized rational search pattern are stressed. An understanding of the various pathologies and their clinical and imaging presentation enables the construction of a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow up studies.

Course Instructors: B. Harger

Total hours: 54

Credits: 4.5

The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of various types of chest diseases and the different imaging means of investigating associated with each condition are discussed. An understanding of the range of chest pathologies, in particular, lung pathology, enables the construction of a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: V. Kumar

Total hours: 54

Credits: 4.5

Knowledge and understanding of various abdominal pathologies related to gastrointestinal and genitourinary diseases and their recognition on various imaging modalities, with particular emphasis on computed tomography (CT) are emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: V. Kumar

Total hours: 65

Credits: 4.5

Knowledge and understanding of the associated conditions of the skull/brain and spinal pathologies, with particular emphasis on CNS disorders along with recognition on various imaging modalities, particularly advanced imaging are emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications are emphasized leading to a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.

Course Instructors: V. Kumar

Total hours: 18

Credits: 1.5

Knowledge and understanding of neuroimaging with the sole focus on head and neck pathologies and their recognition on various imaging modalities are emphasized. The clinical history, physical examination and laboratory features of each condition are incorporated and clinical and management implications emphasized. An understanding of the various head and neck conditions enables the construction of a list of differential diagnoses and development of an appropriate plan for patient management, including ordering and interpreting appropriate follow-up studies, and incorporating special imaging studies when warranted.