Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Full year 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Imelda Williams

Quota applies

Enrolment in Semester 1 or Semester 2 offerings is only available to international students with permission of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.


This is a core unit of year 4 designed to provide students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging with knowledge and skills in advanced multislice computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging methods, radiographic image interpretation and advanced decision making with respect to imaging and the radiographic management of the patient. The unit comprises three elements namely multislice CT physics, methods and clinical practice, MRI methods and clinical practice and radiographic image interpretation principles and pattern recognition.


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

  1. comprehensively and critically describe the physical principles involved in advanced multislice CT imaging including volume imaging, multimodal imaging and cardiac imaging;
  2. use advanced knowledge of radiographic and multislice computed tomographic imaging methods and protocols and related interventional procedures including dose reduction strategies in a problem-solving capacity across a diverse range of clinical settings and patients including paediatrics.
  3. recognise and describe the appearance of a range of anatomical structures and pathologies as found in multislice CT and MRI so the technical quality of clinical images may be evaluated;
  4. prepare the co-operative patient for the implementation of multislice CT scanning protocols while being cognisant of professional, procedural, organisational and legal;
  5. conduct pre-scanning screening of MRI patients and provide clear instructions of the procedure prior to performing MRI scans to the beginner stage of professional development, whilst being cognisant of safety issues including the use of contrast agents;
  6. critically describe and justify the selection of clinical CT and MRI imaging protocols and demonstrate familiarity with and appropriately use CT and MRI workstation software to provide a range of image options in these modalities;
  7. critically explain the use of quality assurance measures relevant to medical multislice CT and MRI to enable proficient discussion of the safety issues related to these modalities;
  8. critically apply the knowledge of psychophysics of vision to patterns seen in radiographic images of the skeleton, chest and abdomen;
  9. synergise image appearances and health assessments using appropriate terminology and critically evaluate medical images with reference to the clinical presentation and exercise professional judgement in respect to providing an informed comment concerning these images to propose further imaging or appropriate treatment management referral through the use of a radiographer opinion form.
  10. critically reflect upon advanced radiography practice and identify on-going professional development needs especially in relation to emerging technologies with respect to CT and MRI scanning, and advanced radiographic image interpretive and patient management skills.


Evidence based psychophysics essay (1500 words) (10%)
Written exam (4 elements: CT methods; MRI methods; CT technology and Image analysis) (3 hours) (40%)
Clinical workbook and portfolio to include competence based assessments (30%)
2 x Evidence based radiographer health assessment report (1000 words each) (10%)
Computer based pattern recognition test (1 1/2 hours) (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

The academic elements comprise a 4 hour workshop, 8 hours of lectures, a 12 hour distance education package. The student is expected to undertake one hour of self-directed study for each contact/directed hour. Clinical experience comprises: 4 extended periods of 20 hours of supervised and directed clinical practice in MSCT and MRI.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the BRadMedImag.