Providing a modern training environment for you is important to us, and Derby boasts some of the best facilities you'll find in any university. Our Clinical Skills Suite really does bring theory and practice together, and below you can see some of the facilities housed in our Clinical Skills Suite for Radiography.
Diagnostic Imaging room
The diagnostic imaging room houses the very latest technology for radiographers. This includes an x-ray machine linked to our computed radiography systems, which is used for simulation activities. We also have two iDXA scanners and two ultrasound scanners.
Ultrasound training room
Our ultrasound training room houses two ultrasound machines, used to practice scanning techniques. One of the machines is a portable ultrasound scanner, and used extensively for simulation.
iDXA, DXA and heel scanners
Our scanners offer the latest technology for accurately imaging bone density and body composition. The iDXA scanner uses x-ray to provide a high resolution digital image of a full body composition and bone density. The dose from the scan is minimal, and can detail tissue, fat, lean muscle mass and bone mineral content by region.
Our DXA scanner is used to assess bone density and bone mineral content. Our heel scanners are small portable machines used to assess ankle bone density. This is used to triage patients and decide whether they need a full IDXA scan.
Mannequin - patient substitute
Based in the Diagnostic Imaging room, our mannequin has a simulated skeleton and is used as a substitute for a patient. Students can x-ray the entire body to practice their radiographic technique. The images that are produced can then be evaluated and assessed without exposing a patient to radiation. This enables our students to build their skills and confidence before going into clinical departments.
We have recently obtained a brand new stryker trolley, which is a type of trolley commonly used in emergency departments. The trolley has an in-built x-ray tray which we use in simulation activities, to build student confidence in dealing with trauma patients.
This ultrasound simulation equipment uses a haptic to provide a responsive scanning experience, and is used for the PG Dip Medical Ultrasound and our BSc (Hons) Radiography students. It provides our ultrasound trainees with key basic scanning skills in a safe environment, before they scan real patients in clinical practice. The system has both trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal probes, which simulate real-life responses to scanning, even giving a shout if the action the trainee has taken with the probe would have hurt! It is very advanced equipment costing around £90,000. Funding for the equipment came from a capital bid; one half from the University and the second half from Health Education East Midlands.