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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

4 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.0833333 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Caroline Wright


This unit comprises a systematic introduction to cross sectional imaging anatomy and its relevance to radiation therapy. It develops further student knowledge and understanding of the gross pathology of cancer and their representation on medical images, and provides an insight into the surgical management of cancer and the principles of radiation oncology. Finally the unit also addresses legal principles relevant to the medical context within which the practice of radiation therapy is situated.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate and communicate a broad and critical conceptual understanding of:

  1. The pathological categorisation of tumours, their gross features and representation on medical images;
  2. Principles of radiation oncology relevant to the role of the radiation therapist;
  3. Current approaches to the surgical management of cancer;
  4. Medico-legal principles relevant to the practice of radiation therapy, metastasis and mechanisms of spread throughout the body.
In addition, upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to accurately locate and recognize:
  1. Anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system, genitourinary system, respiratory and cardio-vascular systems and digestive tract demonstrated in cross section on CT and MRI images; and
  2. Key radiological features of common pathologies amenable to treatment by radiation therapy.


Written examination (one and a half hours): 40%
Image recognition exam (one hour): 40%
Assignment: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Caroline Wright


MMR4012, MMR4020, MMR4022


MMR4024, MMR4025