Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Catherine Osborne and Mr Paul Lombardo


This is an integrated unit based on two themes of the medical radiations science curriculum. Theme 1 - continues the study of the principles and applications of medical radiations in the assessment and treatment of disease and injury. This theme builds on the Medical Radiations Science 2 unit and introduces more clinical applications. The unit will cover protocols and operating procedures, radiation safety, occupational health and safety, infection control, documentation procedures, sectional anatomy and pathophysiology. Theme 2 - is a five week clinical placement that will allow students to develop further clinical and professional skills to intermediate beginner level.


Theme 1:

On successful completion of this theme 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.

Theme 2:

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

  1. Apply the principles of anatomy and pathophysiology in the clinical environment;
  2. Use human communication theories when dealing with patients and staff;
  3. Employ clinical departmental protocols for patient identification, preparation and positioning;
  4. Apply the principles of radiation safety to practice;
  5. Apply the principles of infection control and occupational health and safety to practice;
  6. Operate within a multi-disciplinary team;
  7. Modify patient interactions in light cultural and religious differences;
  8. Implement administrative work practices, including the management of resources;
  9. Begin to integrate knowledge from previous clinical experience;
  10. Demonstrate the characteristics of an intermediate beginner reflective practitioner.


Examination (3 hours)(50%)
Image recognition examination (1 hour)(10%)
Two assignments (3000 words each)(30%)
Clinical skills assessment (10%)
Hurdle requirement:
All elements of assessment must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)