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RAD4080 - Selected Topics in Medical Imaging & Advanced Ultrasound

24 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Michal Schneider-Kolsky and Mr Paul Lombardo


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Element one addresses advanced scientific and technical concepts associated with medical ultrasound. Element two considers the moral and ethical issues surrounding research, sources of information, quantitative and qualitative research methods and current trends in research in medical imaging. The unit develops skills in the critical analysis of the literature associated with the aspect of medical imaging that students have selected as their literature review topic. Students will learn how to critically review, analyse and interpret research data. They will learn how to communicate effectively using written and oral communication.


On completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  1. Critically review the scientific research process in light of an understanding of the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities;
  2. Critically differentiate between a qualitative and quantitative research design and justify their application within clinical medical imaging;
  3. Demonstrate the capacity to search the scientific literature to obtain related information, and critically review and communicate this literature;
  4. Critique the Doppler modes (spectral, colour and power) used in diagnostic ultrasound to image vascular flow;
  5. Critically evaluate image quality and artefacts in diagnostic ultrasound generated using relevant image processing and correct instrument calibration;
  6. Critically discuss safety issues in medical ultrasound to recognise known bio-effects and potential bio-hazards;
  7. Analyse the advances in harmonic imaging, the use of ultrasonic contrast agents and identify future trends in transducer technologies.


Two on line research methodology exercises (up to 1000 words each)10%; A literature review (up to 5000 words)35%; Oral presentation 15%; A medical ultrasound assignment of up to 3,000 words 20%; Two hour written examination 20%; Hurdle requirement: On line ultrasound tests.

Contact hours

2 x 1 hour Lectures; 2 x 2 hour face to face tutorials with the designated literature review supervisor; 6 x 2 hours engagement with on line medical ultrasound coursework materials; 2 x 2 hour self directed writing periods. The student is expected to undertake one hour of self-directed study for each contact hour.


An overall pass at Level 3 of the BRadMedImag.



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