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Intra-Orbital Foreign Body Screening

Professional Certificate Intra-Orbital Foreign Body Screening

Course Features
Developed for radiographers working in the magnetic resonance environment.

Includes theoretical and practical components.

Accommodates professionals in full time employment through distance-learning approach.

Requires on campus attendance for just two days (study day & exam).

This course is directed towards radiographers working in the magnetic resonance environment, and especially those involved in screening for intra-orbital foreign bodies. Most of the course material is delivered by distance learning in order to facilitate radiographers in full-time employment and their employers.

Course description

Metallic foreign bodies in the eye are common ophthalmic injuries. Due to the potential risk associated with introducing a patient with metallic material in the orbit to a strong magnetic field, it is necessary to screen at-risk individuals for the presence of intraorbital metallic foreign bodies prior to entering the MRI suite.

Written and verbal screening is undertaken in the first instance; however, imaging is sometimes required for further screening.

Learning outcomes

This course will equip radiographers working in the MRI environment, who currently undertake verbal and written screening of patients for intra-orbital foreign bodies (IOFBs), with the skills and expertise necessary to:

Make clear judgements about the appropriate screening methods for individual patients and clinical sites.

Select appropriate imaging when required.

Perform projection radiographs to screen for IOFBs and make diagnostic decisions.

How/Where Will I Learn?

Innovative and effective teaching and assessment methods are utilised, with the majority of the course delivered online.
Students will develop practical image interpretation skills over time through building up a clinical portfolio.

Entry requirements

Entry criteria

Applicants will be required to:

hold a primary degree in Radiography (or equivalent).
have access to computing facilities for online content.

provide evidence that they will receive the support required to complete a practical portfolio in their workplace.


4 months part-time.

Further enquiries

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6545
F: + 353 1 716 6547

Academic Programme Coordinator
Ms. Rachel Toomey
School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Application date

Applications should be submitted via the online application portal at

Supporting Documents

The following documents must be completed and returned to with your application (1) RSM Declaration Form, (2) Radiologist Supervisor Declaration Form.

1.RSM Declaration Form

2.Radiologist Supervisor Declaration Form

International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

Academic Programme Coordinator
Dr Rachel Toomey
School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Course fee

EU Students
Non-EU Students

For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.

Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.
Last updated: 28th August 2017.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

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