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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

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

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Mr Jonathan McConnell


MIS5020 is the final unit of the Graduate entry Master of Medical Radiations (Radiography) dealing specifically with radiographic imaging (including computed tomography - CT) rationale and methods. The unit builds on the knowledge gained in MMR 4021 and MMR 5000 and develop further the students' understanding of complex imaging techniques. The unit will also complete the suite of knowledge required for the clinical practitioner to be able to understand the multi modality role of medical imaging practice today and also advise accordingly the roles various imaging modalities can contribute to the diagnostic or therapeutic process.


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. characteristics and scientific principles in the operation of the x-ray systems used in the generation of CT or digital vascular imaging (DVI);
  2. manipulation of the factors that contribute to the enhancement or degradation of the imaging being performed in DVI or CT and how these can be adjusted to correct faults.;
  3. determination of appropriate imaging protocols and technique for CT and DVI examinations that will account for the clinical problem, patient status, equipment limitations of the areas under examination;
  4. advantages, disadvantages, function and application of ultrasound and MRI at an elementary level;
  5. function of the complementary nature of multiple imaging modalities and how these features may contribute to the diagnosis of the patient condition;
  6. approaches and techniques that may be employed in the complementary modalities and how sub optimal imaging may be corrected;
  7. anatomical features on the resultant image while recognising the impact of common pathologies;
  8. value of the resultant images for their diagnostic usefulness and assess the merit of complementary imaging modalities in further assessing the patient condition;
  9. implementation of problem solving strategies for the remediation of sub-optimal images.


There are three forms of assessment for this unit:
1. Three clinical action plans of approximately 1000 words, and accompanying comparative reports of approximately 1000 words (30%) (Objectives 1-3)
2. One 120 minute end of semester written examination (50%) (Objectives 1-3)
3. One 45 minute image analysis examination (20%) (Objectives 1-3)


MMR4000, MMR4010, MIS4021, MMR4020, MMR4012, MMR4022, MMR4023, MMR4024, MMR4025, MIS5000, MMR5010