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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

4 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0833333 EFTSL

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


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:

  1. describe the instrumentation, quality assurance techniques, relevant protocols, positioning and methods employed in breast imaging (mammographic and breast sonography);

  1. comprehend the advanced techniques used in radiation dosimetry calculations, interpret estimates and measurements used in medical imaging applications;

  1. understand the biological effects of ionising radiation, radiosensitivity of specific organ systems and relevant advanced theories of radiation damage and repair mechanisms;

  1. undertake basic practical measurement of radiation exposure and dose in a practical situation;

  1. understand the role of professional ethics in the delivery of health care;

  1. describe how health care is regulated;

  1. apply the law to the practice of radiography; and

  1. 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%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird


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