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
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Professor Marilyn Baird


This unit builds upon the first in a series of two advanced CT radiography practice units that incorporate clinical experience with evidence informed research into modern multislice CT practice. The unit will require students to use verified methodologies to implement a range of advanced CT protocols and post-processing approaches when dealing with adult patients who present for lung analysis and cardiac CT studies and musculo-skeletal conditions for which CT is the primary imaging modality. Students will critically examine the evidence informed body of knowledge about CT radiation dose, including CTDI, DLP, effective dose and implement dose minimisation techniques/strategies in lung analysis CT, cardiac studies and musculo-skeletal CT examinations. The unit will acknowledge the importance of clinical judgement and decision making within the context of the delivery of contrast media in the examinations addressed in the unit and the creation of high quality diagnostic multi-planar and 3D images through the competent use of advanced workstations. The development of a CT radiographer commenting system in relation to musculo-skeletal and lung CT examinations for communication to the multi-disciplinary team will also be covered.


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

  1. Communicate an informed understanding of the principles of CT radiation dose, including CTDI, DLP and effective dose and implement potential dose minimisation techniques/strategies in clinical CT practice in relation to lung analysis CT, cardiac studies and musculo-skeletal CT examinations.
  2. Inform the inter-professional health care team about risks and benefits of the use of radiographic contrast media in cardiac and musculo-skeletal CT examinations.
  3. Implement evidence based CT imaging protocols for lung analysis, cardiac studies and musculo-skeletal examinations that take into account clinical indications and the provision of high quality patient care within the broader framework of health services and inter-professional collaboration.
  4. Produce and evaluate high quality diagnostic multi-planar and 3D images from cardiac, lung and musculo-skeletal studies through the competent use of advanced workstations.
  5. Communicate the CT appearances of common lung and musculo-skeletal disorders.


2 x Secure online tests (30 minutes each) (10% each) (20%)
2 x Advanced CT radiography case studies (20% each) (40%)
Clinical portfolio (2,500 words) (40%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus: 6 hours per week of direct engagement in the learning materials and 6 hours of self-directed study for 12 weeks.

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