RAD4160 - Advanced medical imaging - 2017

18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Mrs Imelda Williams

Ms Ruth Druva

Quota applies

Enrolment in Semester 1 or Semester 2 offerings are only available to international students with permission of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Full year 2017 (Day)


This is a core unit of year 4 designed to provide students completing the final year of the Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging with knowledge and skills in advanced multislice computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging methods, radiographic image interpretation and advanced decision making with respect to imaging and the radiographic management of the patient. The unit comprises three elements namely multislice CT physics, CT methods and clinical practice, MRI methods and clinical practice and radiographic image interpretation principles and pattern recognition.


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

  1. comprehensively and critically describe the physical principles involved in multislice CT imaging including volume imaging, multimodal imaging and cardiac imaging;
  2. comprehensively and critically describe MSCT Methods and protocols and related interventional procedures including dose reduction strategies;
  3. comprehensively and critically describe pre-scanning screening of MRI patients whilst being cognisant of safety issues including the use of contrast agents;
  4. correlate the appropriate MRI imaging sequence with the clinical indications to include a variety of body areas;
  5. recognise and describe the CT and MRI appearance of a range of anatomical structures and pathologies so the technical quality of clinical images may be evaluated;
  6. explain the use of quality assurance measures relevant to multislice CT and MRI;
  7. critically apply the knowledge of psychophysics of vision to patterns seen in radiographic images of the skeleton, chest and abdomen;
  8. exercise professional judgement in respect of providing an informed comment concerning radiographic images to propose further imaging or appropriate treatment management referral through the use of a radiographer opinion form;


  • Written examination (CT imaging and CT methods) (2.5 hours) and computer-based image analysis (1 hour);
  • Written examination (MRI imaging and MRI methods) (2.5 hours) and computer-based image analysis (1 hour)
  • 2 x General radiography image interpretation examinations (90 minutes each)
  • iSap Image Interpretation Case report (1,500 words)
  • Evidence based psychophysics essay (1,500 words) (10%)
  • CT and MRI Clinical case reports (3,000 words) 20%

Workload requirements

The academic elements comprise a 4 hour workshop, 8 hours of lectures, a 12 hour distance education package. The student is expected to undertake one hour of self-directed study for each contact/directed hour. Clinical experience comprises: 4 extended periods of 20 hours of supervised and directed clinical practice in MSCT and MRI.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit may vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units may be different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/non-standard-dates.html) page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/change/add-or-discontinue-units#penalties).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the BRadMedImag.