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RAD5107

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Dimmock

Synopsis

This unit is a foundation unit of the Master of CT Radiography Practice and the Master of Radiography Practice. It extends knowledge of the basic physical principles of molecular imaging and introduces the methodologies that underpin the advancements in hybrid imaging. The unit will introduce the student to the current state-of-the-art in multi-modal 3-D volumetric imaging. This imaging paradigm will be contextualised with respect to the different combinations of the individual imaging protocols which are combined to form hybrid images. The protocols of particular relevance include CT, MRI, Ultrasound, SPECT and PET. The hardware requirements of each of these modalities will be discussed in detail, with particular attention paid to the technological advancements that have facilitated the development of fully-hybrid scanning geometries. The techniques for processing and visualising 3-D images will be critically analysed. The unit will describe the physical and mathematical principles related to image registration, segmentation and partitioning. Protocols with respect to patient preparation, monitoring and positioning will also be discussed. The unit will conclude with an examination of the application of quality assurance and quality control principles to the various modality combinations that constitute hybrid imaging.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate how the different combinations of the individual imaging protocols within hybrid imaging can be utilised to enhance disease diagnosis. The protocols of particular relevance include CT, MRI, Ultrasound, SPECT and PET.
  2. Differentiate between hybrid and multi-modal imaging and explain the challenges that arise in trying to align images both temporally and spatially.
  3. Explain the physical and mathematical principles of image registration, segmentation and partitioning.
  4. Identify and implement the appropriate multi-modal protocols to combine anatomical and functional imaging modalities for cardiovascular and oncological conditions within an evidence based framework.
  5. Accurately apply the principles of quality assurance and quality control to hybrid imaging.

Assessment

2 x Secure online scenario based examinations (15% each) (30%)
2 x Hybrid imaging case studies (1,500 words each) (25% each) (50%)
Report (1,500 words) (20%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 6 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 6 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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Prerequisites

MAP5003, RAD5105 and RAD5106, as well as one of RAD5108 or RAD5110.

Co-requisites