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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

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

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Russell Horney


Computed tomography: scientific principles and operational modes. System components and image characteristics. Image reconstruction techniques, summation convolution back-projection. Introduction to the Fourier transform and other algebraic and iterative reconstructions methods. Helical/spiral CT systems. Artefacts and image quality measures in tomography, dosimetry. CT positions and examination protocols for the head, chest, abdomen and spine; CT pelvimetry and CT arthrography. Cross sectional anatomy will be reinforced. Digital image processing ADC, computer interfaces, image compression and analysis.


This unit provides students with an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning computer tomography (CT), its associated instruments and protocols, positioning methods and radiation protection principles. Students will extend their knowledge base developed in the digital image processing and the information technology components of RAD2052 (Medical imaging and methods 1 (DVI) and digital image processing 1). On completion of the unit, students will be able to conduct and evaluate contrast radiographic examinations of the central nervous system, will know how to conduct, modify and evaluate conventional and spiral CT examinations of the head, chest, abdomen and spine, will be able to recognise, evaluate and optimally display anatomical structures and their relationships on axial images.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Tutorial (SOLAR) activities: 20%
Laboratory (physical/imaging) reports: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird


Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging.