Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Imants Svalbe


A review of fundamental physics concepts including mathematics. Units of measurement. Mechanics and heat. Atomic structure and electromagnetic radiation. Electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism. X-rays and their production. X-ray emission and interactions between x-rays and matter. Attenuation of x-rays and filters. Principles of radioactivity and nuclear transformation. Introduction to radiation therapy principles. Foundation principles of radiation protection together with statutory requirements. Introduction to computer imaging in medicine.


On completion of this unit, students should understand the fundamental concepts associated with modern radiologic physics and their relevance to radiologic imaging. Students will also be able to communicate an understanding of the wider applications of electromagnetic radiation and particulate radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Students will also gain a broad understanding of the principles of radiation protection and the relevant statutory requirements.


One hour mid-semester exam
Two hour end-semester exam
Hurdle Requirement - pass in mid-semester exam

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Imelda Williams


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