Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation, Short course - one module,

This is for you if... you are looking for a short course in a specific aspect of natural and forensic death investigative post mortem radiology.

Department
East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit

Course description

Course description

Autopsy practice is changing around the world with the use of post mortem computed tomography as an adjunct or replacement to the traditional invasive autopsy in both natural and suspicious death investigation.

These courses are aimed at practising medical and allied health professionals including (but not limited to) radiologists, pathologists (consultants and trainees) and radiographers. Odontologists and anthropologists may also benefit from some of these modules. If you wish to check whether a specific module is applicable to your professional background before applying, please contact pmctcourse@le.ac.uk.

Anatomical pathology technologists (mortuary techs) must check the entry requirements below to ensure eligibility for the distance learning modules. If you do not meet the entry requirements you may wish to consider attending one of the week-long residential courses only as part of continuous professional development.

Each course is available in two forms. The same topics are covered, but in differing levels of details and with different commitments and outputs.

  • Residential course: Three or five days of intensive on-campus teaching. Each course is worth 15 or 30 CPD points. There is no additional learning beyond this week, no assessment and no university credits.
  • Distance learning module: This is one of the modules from our MSc in Post Mortem Radiology for Natural and Forensic Death Investigation. It includes the residential course plus several weeks of distance learning, plus a final assessment. Each module is worth either 15 or 30 credits towards a postgraduate degree or other academic qualification.

These short courses will enhance your knowledge, practical skills and diagnostic confidence in the field of post mortem imaging, drawing on the expertise of the University of Leicester’s East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit and Imaging Unit, global pioneers in the field of post mortem computed tomography imaging.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Please provide a reference from your manager, confirming that your experience and your professional development aims are both appropriate to the course(s) you are applying for.

You will also need at least a second class UK degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, or at least 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6.

If you are applying for a full distance learning module (rather than just a residential course) you will need a second reference, confirming your academic ability.

Important: In order to teach the wide range of PMCT pathology we need to cover in Modules 3, 4 and 5, all students on those modules will need to be conversant with CT image review. When applying you must confirm that you have some experience of reviewing CT imaging. Specifically you must be able to do basic image review, recognise basic CT anatomy and perform MPR, cMPR and 3D recons using OsiriX or similar DICOM (or PACS) workstation. Anyone who attends any of Modules 3, 4 or 5 without these skills is unlikely to benefit from the teaching.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Please note that this includes teaching only. For each residential course, whether taken alone or as part of a module, you will need to pay for your own travel, accommodation and sustenance. We can help you to find suitable accommodation in Leicester.

Residential courses

The fee for each residential course is £600.

Distance learning modules

Each of these courses is worth 30 credits and costs £1,606

  • Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology
  • Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology
  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Natural Adult Death

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £803

  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Unnatural Adult Death 1
  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Unnatural Adult Death 2
  • Research Designs in Applied Health

International Students

Please note that this includes teaching only. For each residential course, whether taken alone or as part of a module, you will need to pay for your own travel, accommodation and sustenance. We can help you to find suitable accommodation in Leicester.

Residential courses

The fee for each residential course is £600.

Distance learning modules

Each of these courses is worth 30 credits and costs £2,911

  • Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology
  • Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology
  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Natural Adult Death

Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £1,455.50

  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Unnatural Adult Death 1
  • Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Unnatural Adult Death 2
  • Research Designs in Applied Health

Accreditation

Accreditation

Where noted, courses have been accredited for CPD points by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Radiologists.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Studying with the University of Leicester gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your current employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a short course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.

Our research

Our research

Course structure

1. Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology

1. Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology

Imaging using X-rays and subsequently other techniques has been a part of autopsy practice since 1896, although mainly restricted to forensic, mass fatality and paediatric investigations. The use of computed tomography for the investigation of the dead was first reported in 1983 and in 1994 it was proposed that for adult trauma cases post mortem computed tomography (PMCT) could be used as an adjunct and, in the right circumstances, as a replacement for an autopsy. However, it is only recently that the international evidence base, international society, specialist scientific journal and working practices have become established to allow this proposal to become realistic in current autopsy practice.

This introductory module will introduce you to the world of post mortem imaging and its importance in modern death investigation, alongside the basic skills required for the practical aspects of post mortem imaging and image interpretation.

Topics covered

  • Intro to XRAY, CT, MRI
  • Post Mortem Imaging
  • History, current state, case studies
  • IRR 99 training
  • Religious consideration
  • Basic interpretive skills

You can study this as either a five-day residential course with no assessment (accredited by RCPath and RCR for 30 CPD points) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 30 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

2. Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology

2. Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology

In this module you will become familiar with the practical skills required for post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) imaging, including how to set up and run a PMCT service.

Topics covered

  • Running a service
  • PMCT examination protocols
  • Preparation for PMCT scan
  • PMCT lung ventilation
  • PMCT guided biopsy
  • PMCT angiography
  • Reporting PMCT findings
  • Foundational workstation experience

You can study this as either a five-day residential course with no assessment (accredited by RCPath and RCR for 30 CPD points) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 30 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

3. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Natural Death

3. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Natural Death

In this module you will concentrate on image interpretation through consented, exampled whole and partial body cases. You will learn how to identify – and interpret the relevance of - the commonest encountered adult natural pathology that may cause, or contribute to, death.

Topics covered

  • Lungs
  • Cardiovascular
  • Head
  • Abdomen
  • Medical procedures
  • CPR

You can study this as either a five-day residential course with no assessment (accredited by RCPath and RCR for 30 CPD points) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 30 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

4. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 1

4. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 1

In this module you will concentrate on interpretation of images that relate to blunt, sharp or penetrating trauma.

Topics covered

  • Thermal injury
  • Blunt trauma
  • Projectile trauma
  • Asphyxia

You can study this as either a three-day residential course with no assessment (accredited by RCPath and RCR for 15 CPD points) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 15 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

5. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 2

5. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 2

In this module you will concentrate on interpretation of images that relate to transport and mass fatality related injuries.

Topics covered

  • Vehicle trauma (planes, trains, automobile, pedestrian)
  • Identification including Disaster Victim Identification

You can study this as either a three-day residential course with no assessment (accredited by RCPath and RCR for 15 CPD points) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 15 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

6. Research Designs in Applied Health

6. Research Designs in Applied Health

Topics covered

  • Contemporary issues and debates in research
  • Theories/paradigms of research
  • Ethics of research
  • Reviewing literature and the critical analysis of existing research
  • Developing a research question/hypothesis
  • Designing appropriate research
  • Role and function of the pilot study
  • Developing a research proposal
  • Access and sampling
  • Methods of data collection
  • Fundamentals of frequently used statistical tests
  • Presentation, analysis and interpretation of data
  • Uses and application of ICT
  • Dissemination and publication of research

You can study this as either a three-day residential course with no assessment (CPD points applied for) or as a distance learning module (incorporating the residential course) which is assessed through submitted written work (worth 15 credits towards a postgraduate qualification).

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

Our forensic imaging team, working with the University’s Department of Engineering, used whole body CT scans and micro-CT imaging on the skeleton of King Richard III to determine which of the King’s wounds might have proved fatal.

Situated at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit combines high quality research covering a wide range of aspects of forensic medicine and science with a forensic pathology service provision to the East Midlands and other national and international organisations.

We assist the eight coroner’s jurisdictions of the East Midlands in providing a suspicious and homicide forensic pathology service for the five East Midlands police forces, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Teaching and learning

Each residential course consists of five or three days of on-campus teaching in the form of lectures, seminars, group discussions and (where relevant) practical demonstrations.

Each distance learning module includes the appropriate residential course, with the rest of the work consisting of self-directed learning and tutorials.

Residential dates

The residential courses in Leicester, which can be taken alone as a CPD course or as part of a distance learning module, take place on the following dates.

Where noted, courses have been accredited for CPD points by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Radiologists.

Five-day courses (40 hours of scheduled learning)

1. Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology

Next residential week dates TBC. Accredited for 30 CPD points.

2. Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology

Next residential week dates TBC. Accredited for 30 CPD points.

3. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Natural Death

Next residential week dates TBC. Accredited for 30 CPD points.

Three-day courses (20 hours of scheduled learning)

4. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 1

Next residential week dates TBC. Accredited for 15 CPD points.

5. Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 2

Next residential week dates TBC. Accredited for 15 CPD points.

6. Research Designs in Applied Health

Next residential week dates TBC.

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Course Qualification Start Dates Availability
Course Introduction to Post Mortem Radiology Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Practical Aspects of Post Mortem Radiology Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates January and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Natural Death Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates January and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 1 Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now
Course Advanced Post Mortem Radiology – Adult Unnatural Death 2 Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates February each year Availability Apply Now
Course Research Designs in Applied Health Qualification Short course - one module Start Dates January each year Availability

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