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MRP5012 - Multislice CT and clinical decision making 2

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Marilyn Baird


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Dose minimisation. Advanced detectors, flat panel CT and robotics. Hybrid CT. Advanced lung analysis and cardiac studies, neurological and musculoskeletal CT. Mechanisms, clinical presentation, classificatory systems, common injuries and diseases affecting the neurological and musculoskeletal systems together with CT interpretation. Methods for the communication of a radiographic opinion to the broader health care team. Inter-professional and patient communication.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Communicate an understanding of the basic principles of advanced detectors, flat panel CT and robotics and anticipate how their use might affect the practice of CT;
  2. Describe the physical principles and instrumentation comprising hybrid CT scanner;
  3. Evaluate the role a radiographer might play in the delivery of hybrid CT;
  4. Implement evidence based multislice imaging protocols for acute neurological and musculoskeletal conditions that take into account dose minimisation strategies, the clinical indications and a duty of care to the patient;
  5. Describe, implement and evaluate multislice imaging protocols utilised in advanced lung analysis and cardiac studies taking into account the provision of high quality patient care within a team work environment;
  6. Produce and evaluate high quality diagnostic reformatted images from a cerebral CTA and an extremity study through the competent use of advanced workstations;
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the postulated causative mechanisms, clinical presentation and the classificatory system applied to common acute injuries, including iatrogenic and arthritic disorders affecting the neurological and musculoskeletal systems and for which CT is the primary diagnostic imaging tool;
  8. Describe and communicate the CT appearances of a range of common acute disorders affecting the neurological and musculoskeletal systems;
  9. Demonstrate problem-solving and teamwork skills in relation to the utilisation of multi-slice CT in the clinical setting;
Demonstrate the characteristics of critical and reflective practitioners operating within a dynamic socio-political and economically driven health care environment via effective communication skills.


Three multiple choice and short answer tests (25%)
Two case reports and accompanying comparative reports (15%)
Three case based image analysis and recognition tests (30%) +Completion of an Advanced Practice Multislice CT Clinical Workbook (30%)


MRP4002, MRP4003, MRP4010, MRP4011, MRP4012, MRP4014