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Ophthalmic Imaging and Clinical Application

This module is a core module for students on the MSc in Health Sciences (Retinal Screening - Diabetes) and PGCert Retinal Screening - Diabetes and an optional module for students on the MSc Diabetes, MSc Diabetes (Paediatrics) and the MSc Health Sciences (Diabetes)

What is Involved?

This module is intended to give students a clear understanding of the concepts and theories surrounding the issues of ophthalmic imaging. The teaching and learning style is interactive, drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the student's. The module is offered on a five day intensive study block.


  • To convey an in-depth, reliable knowledge and an advanced understanding of the clinically relevant facets of ophthalmic imaging


  • Demonstrate a clear, advanced understanding of the processing, compression and storage of digital imaging
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of imaging techniques that can be used for retinal investigations in ophthalmology including fluorescein angiography, retinal photography, ocular coherence tomography (OCT), seven field stereoscopic photography and ultrasound (A,B,C & T scans) and electrodiagnostics
  • Demonstrate judgement of the indication about the use of the different ophthalmic imaging techniques and their associated risk assessments
  • Demonstrate sound judgement in the interpretation and evaluation of the images produced by ophthalmic imaging techniques
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of how imaging techniques inform current practice. In the context of management of ophthalmic conditions
  • Reflect on personal learning and apply that learning with the health care team and also people with diabetes.

Course Assessment

A 3,000 word assignment and a presentation is required to gain 20 CATS points from the module. This assignment will give evidence of more in-depth study, review of the literature and/or critical application of the knowledge and skills gained in the taught part of the module.