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MIS4021 - Medical imaging science 1

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Mr Jonathan McConnell


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


MIS4021 is the first unit of a suite of specialist units addressing radiography practice of the generic Graduate entry Master of Medical Radiations. The unit is designed, using a modularised approach, to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts underpinning imaging of the human body using radiographic modalities. Achievement of the learning outcomes is enhanced through a combination of the clinical application and theoretical perspectives of plain radiographic imaging of a structure, body cavity or system.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate and communicate a broad and critical conceptual and practical understanding of the:

  1. general characteristics of a modern x-ray system used in clinical practice;
manipulation of kVp and mAs to control the formation of scatter radiation and recognise and remediate the components of the imaging chain that contribute to the degradation of image in terms of optical density, contrast, image detail, distortion and x-ray beam geometry;
  1. determination of appropriate imaging protocols and technique for radiographic examinations that will account for the clinical problem, patient status, equipment limitations in of the musculoskeletal system and non contrast media examinations of thoracic and abdominal contents;
  2. construction of a radiographic technique chart that recognises clinical protocols that improve image resolution and enables the calculation of exposure factors for multiple changes in exposure factor variables;
  3. use of automatic exposure control systems to modify density, contrast and exposure time and apply knowledge to resolve common errors linked to the use of this equipment;
  4. positioning of adult patients and align the x-ray beam and image capture mechanism for routine and supplementary projections of the musculo-skeletal system and non contrast media examinations of the thoracic and abdominal contents;
  5. application of the science of sensitometry and quality assurance/control principles to the evaluation of on going monitoring of the performance of radiographic equipment and analysis of repeat radiographs;
  6. anatomical features on the resultant radiograph while recognising the impact of common pathologies ;
  7. evaluate of the resultant radiograph for its diagnostic usefulness and assess the value of the performance of supplementary projections in the light of the clinical problem;
  8. implementation of problem solving strategies for the remediation of sub-optimal images.


There are three forms of assessment for this unit:
1. Two clinical action plans of approximately 1500 words, and accompanying comparative reports of approximately 1500 words (40%)(Objectives 1-4)
2. One 180 minute end of semester written examination(60%)(Objectives 1-4)
3. One 45 minute image analysis examination (20%)


MMR4000, MMR4010

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