RAD3062 - Breast imaging and professional skills 4
4 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0833333 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Leader(s): Dr Raymond Budd
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
Mammography instrumentation and positioning. Role of ultrasound in breast imaging. Dose calculation methodology: introduction to Monte Carlo technique. Determinants and classification of the biological effects of radiation. The ALARA principle. Interaction of radiation with tissue. Cellular radiobiology; cellular targets. Radiation effects on DNA. Cellular radiosensitivity. Factors affecting radiosensitivity. Response of organ systems to radiation: regeneration/repair. Characterisation of radiosensitivity. Specific organ responses. Ethics for the professional context. Regulation of health care. Criminal/civil law and health care. Legal issues surrounding patient consent and confidentiality.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- describe the instrumentation, quality assurance techniques, relevant protocols, positioning and methods employed in breast imaging (mammographic and breast sonography);
- comprehend the advanced techniques used in radiation dosimetry calculations, interpret estimates and measurements used in medical imaging applications;
- understand the biological effects of ionising radiation, radiosensitivity of specific organ systems and relevant advanced theories of radiation damage and repair mechanisms;
- undertake basic practical measurement of radiation exposure and dose in a practical situation;
- understand the role of professional ethics in the delivery of health care;
- describe how health care is regulated;
- apply the law to the practice of radiography; and
- explain the concepts of informed consent and confidentiality and how they apply to radiographic practice.
Examination (2hours): 65%
One imaging essay (1000 words): 15%
A professional journal: 20%
Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging.