RAD5105 - Pathology for advanced medical imaging practice - 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


Dr Wendy Macleod

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit extends a radiographer's existing knowledge of gross pathology affecting the adult and paediatric patient.

The unit will address the current understanding of disease and mechanisms of trauma affecting the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, abdominal and muscular skeletal systems.

Consideration will also be given to the way in which pathology affects normal physiology and the consequences this understanding has for the accurate interpretation of radiographic images including CT images.

Additionally the unit will provide an opportunity for radiographers to explore health problems observed in practice using a case-based approach.


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

  1. Analyse the complexity of symptoms and signs of thoracic pathology, to help determine appropriate investigations to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Apply knowledge of a range of cardiac and vascular pathologies to enable critical analysis of radiographic and CT images.
  3. Relate the functions of the organs comprising the hepatobilary and digestive systems with their associated pathologies to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Describe the major pathological features used in the diagnosis of significant skeletal disorders to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.
  5. Distinguish the specific characteristics of CNS pathology such as neoplasia, stroke and trauma, to help determine appropriate investigations, to aid diagnosis and treatment.


  • 4 x iSAP activities (150 words each) (2.5% each) (10%)
  • 4 x Image-based assignments (600 words each) (10% each) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 2 x Work-based case studies (1500 words each) (20% each) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 4 online tests (30 minutes each) (2.5% each) (10%)

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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