Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Catherine Osborne and Mr Paul Lombardo


This is the first of three units dealing specifically with the principles and applications of medical radiations in the assessment and treatment of disease and injury. The unit will cover protocols and operating procedures, radiation safety, occupational health and safety, infection control, documentation procedures, sectional anatomy and pathophysiology.


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

  1. Describe and explain a range of medical radiations applications;
  2. Define the positive patient identification technique and explain its application;
  3. Describe procedural techniques, including rationale, patient preparation and care, patient positioning, optimization of equipment and materials, images and/or data obtained, documentation and results;
  4. Explain how patient images and data are acquired and optimized for diagnosis and therapy;
  5. Recognise anatomic structures and pathophysiology in multiple planes on medical images;
  6. Describe relevant radiation & occupational health and safety standards;
  7. Describe the theories of communication and reflective practice in relation to the professional role of the medical radiation science practitioner.


Three hour examination (50%)
One hour image recognition examination (20%)
Two, 3000 word assignments (30%)
Hurdle requirements:
All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit: and
Successful completion of the Clinical Orientation Workbook.

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