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6. Course Content

Sections 1 to 6 provide core curriculum to be included in all course and sections 7 to 9 dependent on clinical speciality.

  1. Anatomy of the Upper Limb and Lower Limb
    Venous drainage, surface anatomy, injection sites
  2. Physiology
    Fluid compartments, fluid shifts
    Blood brain barrier
  3. Emergency Situations
    Management of reactions
    Emergency equipment and drugs
  4. Medico-legal
    Written schemes of work, protocols
    Legal issues and current relevant legislation

  5. Infection Protocol
    Compliance with local requirements e.g. asceptic non-touch techniques
    Aseptic techniques
    Disposal of waste
    Accidental sharps injury
    Control of infection
  6. Injection Procedure
    Theory, preparation, cannulation, administration
  7. Contrast Agents
    History and development of ionic and non-ionic contrast media
    New developments
    Comparative advantages and disadvantages
    Reactions: hyperosmolar, allergic, idiopathic
    Patient selection and risk groups
  8. Radionuclide Imaging
    Radioactive substances
    Non-radioactive substances
  9. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Types and composition of all MR contrast agents
    The relevance of the patient’s renal function and creatinine levels in conjunction with minimising the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) when using gadolinium contrast agents
  10. Ultrasound
    Types and composition of all  contrast agents used in ultrasound
  11. Other medicines used in Clinical Practice
    Drugs used during diagnostic imaging procedures
    Drugs used in treatment related toxicity in radiotherapy and oncology

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