Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Imelda Williams


This unit is a foundation unit of the Master of CT Radiography Practice and the Master of Radiography Practice for students who are required to complete a 72 credit point Master's program. It extends the knowledge students have in relation to imaging pathology into the field of image interpretation. The unit will provide students with a detailed consideration of the psychophysics underpinning visual perception and the phenomenon of pattern recognition. The unit will address the radiographic interpretation of skeletal disease and skeletal trauma and the chest and abdomen including issues around the complexity of interpreting the radiographic patterns associated with injuries to the spine. The unit will provide the opportunity for students to reinforce their existing knowledge related to normal anatomy and normal variants and the growing bone and the mature skeleton on general radiographic images. Finally, the unit will require students to reflect upon their current clinical decision making processes and extend these processes into the area of general radiography commenting and the concept of the radiographer health assessment.


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

  1. Distinguish between sensitivity, specificity and accuracy in relation to the interpretation of general radiographic images.
  2. Differentiate between search error, detection error and interpretation error in relation to the interpretation of radiographic images.
  3. Critically apply the knowledge of the psychophysics of vision to patterns seen in radiographic images of the skeleton, chest and abdomen.
  4. Apply a logical method to the radiographic evaluation of bones, soft tissues and joints of the skeletal system, chest and abdomen.
  5. Recognise the characteristics of the radiographic representation of common pathologies affecting the skeletal system, chest and abdomen.
  6. Create a series of evidence based radiographic comments related to the interpretation of general radiographic images.
  7. Apply a radiographic health assessment perspective to the delivery of general radiographic services.


3 x Online image recognition and analysis examinations (45 minutes each) (20% each) (60%)
2 x Advanced general radiography clinical case studies (1,000 words each) (12.5% each) (25%)
Completion of a psychophysics essay (1,500 words) (15%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 12 hours per week for 12 weeks.

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Chief examiner(s)

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Must be enrolled in course M6001.