Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Mrs Imelda Williams



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This unit builds upon existing knowledge about the features of normal and abnormal radiographic images radiographers have acquired through previous study and clinical practice. The unit will require students to use verified methodologies to interpret radiographic images of general and more complex conditions including trauma affecting the chest and abdomen in adults and paediatric patients. Advanced knowledge of the biomedical management of trauma and disease together with a detailed understanding of the associated radiographic representation of these pathologies will enable students to provide informed and evidence based comments about their images. The unit will acknowledge the importance of clinical judgement and decision making within the context of image interpretation and provide the tools to better understand and address the issues prevalent in today's health care environment. The unit will contextualise the practice of radiographic image interpretation within the broader context of the health care system and analyse the inter-professional and collaborative mechanisms that lead to a broadening of practice boundaries.


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

  1. Describe the major features of the emergency medical management of conditions affecting the chest and abdomen in the adult and paediatric patient.
  2. Critically apply knowledge of sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, search error, detection error and interpretation error in the interpretation of radiographic images of the chest and abdomen in the adult and paediatric patient.
  3. Use knowledge of common and acute pathologies affecting the chest and abdomen in the adult and paediatric patient in the creation of a radiographic comment about the images produced to demonstrate these pathologies.
  4. Consistently apply a rigorous and defensible clinical decision making framework to the creation of radiographic commenting in relation to the interpretation of radiographic images of the chest and abdomen in the adult and paediatric patient.
  5. Contextualise radiographic decision-making within the broader framework of health services and inter-professional collaboration.


2 x Secure online examinations (60 minutes each) (20% each) (40%)
2 x Advanced radiography case studies (1,500 words each) (10% each) (20%)
Clinical portfolio (2,000 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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