Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Imelda Williams and Ms Ruth Druva


The unit develops a student's existing knowledge of digital imaging systems, evidence based practice and research principles required for practice within the healthcare workforce of the future. The unit includes digital image processing applied to medical imaging. Patient care requirements for all diagnostic imaging examinations using contrast media. Evidence based practice in diagnostic imaging and the evaluation and application of research in diagnostic imaging.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

Theme 1

  1. review and apply the scientific principles, technological characteristics and relevant applications of digital imaging systems;
  2. describe the general applications of information technology in medical imaging and its relationship to digital based imaging systems;
  3. use a range of basic digital image processing routines in general or digital vascular imaging and discuss how the application of these tools enables quantitative and qualitative image analysis;
  4. apply quality assurance principles to digital imaging systems;

Theme 2

  1. appraise the professional challenges posed by patients with special needs to provide effective and safe care to them and those patients undergoing contrast imaging examinations of the gastrointestinal, urinary, hepato-biliary and cardiovascular systems;
  2. discuss the use of radiological and other medications and their administration, the control of infection, the administration of oxygen and barium, the maintenance of surgical asepsis and recognition of vital signs;
  3. evaluate radiographs/images of the gastrointestinal, urinary and hepatobiliary systems in terms of the condition of the patient, the clinical question, anatomy and image quality factors;

Theme 3

  1. discuss how evidence based practice and its application contributes to radiographic practice and identify how a range of research methods and the critique of reported research may be applied to medical radiation sciences research;
  2. critically apply ethical concepts, and knowledge of the Australian medico- legal framework to the practice of radiography while adhering to the Code of Conduct for Registered Health Practitioners promulgated by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia;
  3. critically evaluate the ethical and legal implications of research within medical radiation science;

Theme 4

  1. identify personal learning goals in respect to the development of professional expertise and demonstrate an understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to the clinical management of paediatrics, the elderly and patients in accident and emergency situations;
  2. implement and evaluate appropriate general radiographic examinations for the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems and the abdomen on adult patients with minimal supervision and modify and adapt basic radiographic methods, techniques and radiation protection strategies for paediatric, elderly and mobile imaging examinations;
  3. manage a fluoroscopy session (in or outside of the radiology department) in terms of the radiographer's role, so that an appreciation of the nature of the professional inter-relationship between all members of the multi-disciplinary team is revealed and the team's duty of care obligation to the patient during diagnostic imaging procedures is evident.


Clinical placement: 5 weeks.


Written examination (3 hours) (40%)
Clinical learning portfolio (30%)
Evidence based practice assignment (3,000 words) (20%)
4 x Image processing laboratory reports (10%)

Workload requirements

Workload 5 x one hour lectures, 2 x one hour tutorial, 1 x one hour laboratory practical session, 4 hours directed study using Moodle, 6 hours clinical studies.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Level 1 of BRadMedImag course, RAD2051 and RAD2061.