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RAD3031 - Radiologic biology 5

4 points, SCA Band 2, 0.083 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor John Rawson


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Neuroglia and neurons; the meninges; the spinal cord, the composition and distribution of the spinal nerves, the brachial plexus; cerebrospinal fluid; the blood supply to the brain and the concept of the blood-brain barrier. The bones of the skull and their radiographic appearances; the structure of the brain. Olfactory sensations; visual sensations; the structure of the eye; the visual pathway. Auditory sensations and equilibrium. Cross-sectional appearances of the normal brain. Common disorders affecting the brain and their appearances on CT/MRI. Demyelinating diseases and tumors of the nervous system. Disorders and trauma of the skull and facial bones.


On completion of this unit students will have a sound knowledge of the cranial and facial bones; have a thorough understanding of the anatomical structure of the brain, a detailed knowledge of the radiographic anatomy of the cranium and facial bones; the cross-sectional representation of the brain and organs of hearing and sight on Computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) images, a broad understanding of the organization, structure and physiology of nervous tissue, the structure and function of the spinal cord and its nerves; the special senses of smell, sight, hearing and equilibrium, and a basic understanding of the common disorders affecting the skull and facial bones, brain, spinal cord and the special senses, together with their radiographic, CT and MRI appearances.


Examination comprising multiple choice questions and short essay questions (2 hours): 60%
Image Recognition: 25%
Assignment: 15%


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