RAD5202 - Emergency image interpretation 2 - 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


Mrs Imelda Williams

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


This unit is an elective unit within the Master of Clinical Medicine (Emergency Medicine and Trauma specialisms) and builds upon the knowledge of image interpretation developed in RAD5201.

The unit will provide the opportunity for students to reinforce their existing knowledge of sectional imaging anatomy of the head, chest and abdomen including vascular sectional imaging anatomy.

It will address the physical principles underpinning the generation of angiographic CT images and CT perfusion studies of relevance to the emergency and trauma setting. The unit will address current issues related to the use of contrast media in CT angiography and perfusion studies to inform subsequent analysis of images generated within the emergency and trauma setting.

The unit will also extend interpretative skills in the assessment of radiographic images in the trauma and emergency setting to include the abdomen and thoraco-lumbar spine.


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

  1. Explain the physical principles underpinning the generation of CT angiographic images including CT pulmonary angiography and CT perfusion studies of relevance to the emergency and trauma setting.
  2. Apply knowledge of the use of intravenous iodinated contrast media in CT angiography, CT pulmonary angiography and perfusion CT studies to the interpretation of these images generated in the emergency and trauma context.
  3. Differentiate between the bony, soft tissue and vascular structures the chest and thorax and the contents of the abdomen on sectional CT images.
  4. Apply a logical method to the interpretation of radiographic images of the abdomen and thoraco-lumbar spine acquired in the emergency and trauma context
  5. Accurately distinguish between normal and abnormal appearances on multislice CT images of the thorax and abdomen


Students must be employed in clinical positions within emergency and trauma hospital based contexts with access to medical imaging.


  • Secure online examination - sectional imaging anatomy recognition (45 minutes) (20%)
  • Secure online examination - advanced physical principles of CT and contrast media in CT (30 minutes) (20%)
  • CT image interpretation examination (45 minutes) (20%)
  • Medical image portfolio (25 images and reports) (25%)

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

Workload requirements

12 hours per week for 12 weeks including 6 hours of teacher directed learning and 6 hours of self-directed learning. No residential component is required. On-line delivery only.

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