RAD4506 - Magnetic resonance imaging: Advanced imaging techniques - 2017

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



Prof Michael Farrell

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit extends knowledge of the basic physical principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and addresses safety and the protocols and processing methods used to complement clinical imaging.

The unit will introduce the student to advanced MR imaging techniques, including cardiac and cardiovascular imaging, functional MRI and interventional MRI.

The unit will examine, in detail, the role played by the practitioner in the application of safety principles within the MRI suite.

Clinical indications and the preparation of the patient including the correct positioning methods for clinical examinations will be addressed. Application of MR to research of brain and heart will be explored.

Basic image analysis and quantification methods will be described and the unit will conclude with an examination of the application of quality assurance principles to advanced MR imaging.


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

  1. Conduct pre-scanning screening for advanced MR imaging of patients and research participants and provide clear instructions of the procedure prior to performing MRI scans to the expert stage of professional development, whilst being cognisant of complex safety issues including the use of contrast agents
  2. Correlate the appropriate MRI imaging sequence with the clinical indications for advanced clinical and research imaging
  3. Recognise and describe the MRI appearance of a range of anatomical structures and pathologies so the technical quality of clinical images may be evaluated
  4. Explain the use of quality assurance measures relevant to advanced MRI
  5. Identify on-going professional development needs in relation to MRI scanning in the cardiovascular, interventional and research setting
  6. Critically reflect upon the role of MRI in advanced health care practice


  • Secure online examination (45 minutes) (15%)
  • Two secure online image recognition and analysis examinations (45 minutes each) (15% each = total 30%)
  • Clinical portfolio (3,000 words) (40%)
  • Technical quality assurance and quality control report (1,500 words) (15%)

Hurdle Requirement: Each element of assessment is a hurdle for this unit

Workload requirements

On-line delivery - course designed only for post graduate students.

There will be video clips and video-conferences available throughout the course to assist in directing students. Discussion forums will be initiated to further direct student outcomes.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Radiography and medical imaging

Radiation science