Certificate of Higher Education in Optical Coherence Tomography Capture Course Map

HS4401: Anatomy of the Eye

Module Code: HS4401

Module Tutor: Steve Aldington

School: School of Health and Social Care

CAT Points: 15

Level of Study: 4

Brief Description:

This module aims to give the student an intermediate knowledge of the anatomy of the eye. This will include the anterior and posterior segments, the retinal layers and the ocular media interfaces - as required for effective capture of Optical Coherence Tomography scans.

A basic understanding of the major structures of the eye prior to the start of the course would be expected

Indicative Syllabus:

Students who successfully complete the module will be able to identify and describe the gross and detailed Anatomy of the Eye.

The anterior segment learning will have particular reference to the iris angle.

Detailed anatomy of the posterior segment with specific reference to the retinal layers, vitreo-retinal interface and the RPE/Bruch’s membrane complex

The anatomical and functional relationship between the retina and the choroid will be covered.

The learning will be directed so students will develop an intermediate level knowledge and understanding of ocular anatomy which supports the requirements for effective and relevant clinical OCT capture.

The student will be encouraged to acquire the necessary study skills to support independent and self-motivated learning

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Explain the anatomy of the anterior segment of the eye
  2. Explain the anatomy of the posterior segment of the eye
  3. Understand the interfaces between ocular media and layers
  4. Recognise anatomy in relation to OCT capture
  5. Use information technology to access online peer review literature and teaching material

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 20 hours

Guided independent study: 130 hours

Assessment (for further details see the Module Guide):

001: Pass/Fail – In class, multiple choice test – 45 minutes

Special Assessment Requirements: None

Indicative Resources: The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide.

 

HS4402: Principles of Optical Coherence Tomography

 

Module Code: HS4402

Module Tutor: Professor. Peter Scanlon

School: School of Health and Social Care

CAT Points: 30

Level of Study: 4

Brief Description:

This module aims to support the students practice by providing the necessary knowledge and understanding to support clinical practice

This module covers the principles of optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan capture and its place within ophthalmic practice.

The student will gain knowledge and understanding of the basis of capture scans including those of the anterior segment, vitreo-retinal and choroidal structures of the eye.

This module includes the principles of time domain (TD) systems, and more modern Fourier domain (FD) systems - spectral domain (SD) and swept source (SS) applications.

Indicative Syllabus:

An in depth description of the fundamental relevance of OCT in clinical practice

The timeline of the development of OCT as an imaging resource will be covered, with details of the principles of the 3 main types of OCT scanning.

These are time domain, spectral domain and swept source technology. In addition newer applications such as OCT angiography will be covered

Although the students will understand the principles of a range of OCT applications they will be encouraged to access online teaching material to support their own local experience in the work place.

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Understand the purpose of OCT in ophthalmic practice
  2. Explain the principles of time domain (TD) scanning
  3. Explain the principles of spectral domain (SD) scanning
  4. Explain the principles of swept source (SS) scanning
  5. Identify the principles of OCT angiography
  6. Distinguish the advantages and limitations of time domain, spectral domain and swept source OCT scanning

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 35 hours

Guided independent study: 265 hours

Assessment (for further details see the Module Guide):

001: Pass/Fail – In class, multiple choice test – 1 hour 30 minutes

Special Assessment Requirements: None

Indicative Resources: The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide.

HS4403: Optical Coherence Tomography Scanning

Module Code: HS4403

Module Tutor: Professor. Peter Scanlon

School: School of Health and Social Care

CAT Points: 30

Level of Study: 4

Brief Description:

The module covers the operation of optical coherence tomography (OCT) systems.

The student will gain an operational understanding of time domain (TD), spectral domain (SD) and swept source (SS) systems.

The module will cover the use of OCT scanning methodologies and technologies.

The risks and benefits of the procedure in line with local Medical Devices Maintenance policies will be covered.

Indicative Syllabus:

The operation of Time Domain and Fourier Domain (including Spectral Domain and Swept Source) systems will be covered.

The student will acquire in-depth understanding on the operation of one or more types of OCT equipment in current use.

The teaching will identify appropriate OCT scans for a variety of clinical conditions and will explore technical limitations and quality issues including the risk involved in operating the equipment.

The student will learn how to subjectively evaluate scans for Quantitative and Qualitative interpretation.

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an operational understanding of OCT systems
  2. Explain the use of OCT scanning methods in a qualitative context (as it relates to the actual quality of the scan obtained)
  3. Explain the use of OCT scanning methods in a quantitative context (as it relates to the type of scan required e.g. measuring retinal thickness)
  4. Locate and understand local Health and Safety polices

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 35 hours

Guided independent study: 265 hours

Assessment (for further details see the Module Guide):

001: Pass/Fail - In class, multiple choice test – 1 hour 30 mins

Special Assessment Requirements: None

Indicative Resources: The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide.

HS4404: Preparation for Optical Coherence Tomography Scanning

Module Code: HS4404

Module Tutor: Professor. Peter Scanlon

School: School of Health and Social Care

CAT Points: 15

Level of Study: 4

Brief Description:

The module covers the procedures required to prepare the patient to undergo optical coherence tomography scanning, including consent, risks and benefits of the procedure as well as the need to provide patient information.

The module covers the preparation of the equipment and the clinical environment including safety checks.

Indicative Syllabus:

Preparation of the patient for OCT scans with specific reference to good communication, maintaining the respect and dignity of the patient, and acknowledging equality and diversity issues.

The risk of the procedure both to the patient and the operator will be covered.

Preparation of equipment for OCT scans including infection control, safety checks and accessibility e.g. wheelchair access

Establishing a healthy and safe working environment for patients and staff according to local fire and health and safety protocols

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Prepare the patient for OCT scanning
    a. Patient Information
    b. Consent
  2. Prepare the equipment for OCT scanning
    a. In accordance with local health & safety policy
    b. Equipment maintenance
  3. Prepare the environment for OCT scanning
    a. Infection control
    b. Operator safety

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 65 hours

Guided independent study: 85 hours

Assessment (for further details see the Module Guide):

001: Pass/Fail - In class, multiple choice test – 45 minutes

Special Assessment Requirements: None

Indicative Resources: The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide.

HS4405: Acquisition of Optical Coherence Tomography Scans

Module Code: HS4405

Module Tutor: Gwendolyn George

School: School of Health and Social Care

CAT Points: 30

Level of Study: 4

Brief Description:

This module covers the procedures necessary to acquire optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans of the eye.

The student will produce good quality OCT scans relevant to various clinical conditions.

Students demonstrate how to use local software to save and recall scan data results.

Depending on local policy students will understand the appropriate level of feedback to patients following the scan, and how to disseminate results to colleagues in the clinical context.

Indicative Syllabus:

Students will gain a thorough understanding of the procedures necessary to obtain high quality OCT scans of the eye.

Students will become skilled in producing a number of scans, using equipment of their choice, which are appropriate and of sufficient quality to document the relevant disease or condition under investigation. October 2018

Students will also be required to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in handling the software and procedures to save, transmit and recall OCT scans and results and to demonstrate a working understanding of the elements included in OCT reports.

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Apply the criteria for obtaining quality scans of the anterior and posterior segments
  2. Obtain OCT scans of the posterior segment including optic nerve, macula, vitreo-retinal and choroidal structures
  3. Demonstrate the use of computer software to record OCT scan results
  4. Demonstrate the use of computer software to recall OCT scan results
  5. Disseminate output to meet clinical or local protocols including feedback to the patient where relevant
  6. Students will be required to reflect on their learning and how this is applied in the clinical context

 

Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 215 hours

Guided independent study: 85 hours

Assessment (for further details see the Module Guide):

001: Pass/Fail – Practical Exam: Display, Show or Performance – 1 hour
002: Pass/Fail – Coursework Individual Portfolio

Special Assessment Requirements: A pass is required in both elements to pass the module

Indicative Resources: The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide.