RAD3002 - Medical imaging science: Computed tomography and digital image processing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Ms Ruth Druva

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis

Not offered in 2017


This unit is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the practice underpinning Computed Tomography (CT) imaging.

It introduces students to the associated instrumentation and protocols, positioning methods and radiation protection principles related to CT.

The unit will build on digital image processing introduced in RAD2001. The unit will introduce students to the variety of uses of CT in the diagnostic and therapeutic health environment.

Students will develop skills in relation to image critique and analysis with a particular emphasis on the axial skeleton and musculoskeletal system, the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. Describe the scientific principles underpinning modern multi-slice computed tomographic scanners;
  2. Articulate the technological characteristics and the relevant applications of multi-slice computed tomography medical imaging systems;
  3. Apply a range of radiation protection measures applicable to CT in simulated situations;
  4. Critically evaluate basic clinical scanning protocols, image display and reconstruction routines used in CT
  5. Describe positioning and methods employed in CT examinations of the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis, and spine.
  6. Identify the key anatomical and pathological appearances in CT images of the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis, and spine


  • 45 minute online invigilated test (15%)
  • 4 x 500 word portfolio (20%)
  • 10 minute individual PowerPoint presentation and 500 word reflection (15%)
  • 3 hour end of semester written exam (50%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • 80% attendance at tutorials and lab sessions
  • Students must pass each element of assessment to pass the unit

Workload requirements

6 hours of directed activities including interaction with Moodle based tasks, reading and activities per week. 6 hours self-directed learning

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