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RAD3062 - Breast imaging and professional skills 4

4 points, SCA Band 2, 0.083 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Ray Budd


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Mammography instrumentation and positioning. Role of ultrasound in breast imaging. Dose calculation methodology: introduction to Monte Carlo technique. Determinants and classification of the biological effects of radiation. The ALARA principle. Interaction of radiation with tissue. Cellular radiobiology; cellular targets. Radiation effects on DNA. Cellular radiosensitivity. Factors affecting radiosensitivity. Response of organ systems to radiation: regeneration/repair. Characterisation of radiosensitivity. Specific organ responses. Ethics for the professional context. Regulation of health care. Criminal/civil law and health care. Legal issues surrounding patient consent and confidentiality.


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

  1. describe the instrumentation, quality assurance techniques, relevant protocols, positioning and methods employed in breast imaging (mammographic and breast sonography);
  2. comprehend the advanced techniques used in radiation dosimetry calculations, interpret estimates and measurements used in medical imaging applications;
  3. understand the biological effects of ionising radiation, radiosensitivity of specific organ systems and relevant advanced theories of radiation damage and repair mechanisms;
  4. undertake basic practical measurement of radiation exposure and dose in a practical situation;
  5. understand the role of professional ethics in the delivery of health care;
  6. describe how health care is regulated;
  7. apply the law to the practice of radiography; and
  8. explain the concepts of informed consent and confidentiality and how they apply to radiographic practice.


Examination (2hours): 65%
One imaging essay (1000 words): 15%
A professional journal: 20%


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