RAD1082 - Radiologic biology 2 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 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

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Imelda Williams


Dr Wendy MacLeod

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


RAD1021, RAD1031 and RAD1061.




Students will develop a sound understanding of the principles of pathology, and specifically that of the respiratory and osteoskeletal systems, along with their radiographic appearances. Students will also develop a sound understanding of the structural and functional relationships of the vertebral column and the bony thorax. They will be introduced to the nervous system and the innervation of muscles together with relevant radiographic anatomy.


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

  1. Identify fundamental principles of pathology and apply this knowledge to specific cases, in particular the musculoskeletal and respiratory systems;
  2. Evaluate the effect of environment and nutrition on the health of an individual or community;
  3. Describe the anatomy of the vertebral column, spinal cord and thoracic cage and thoracic contents;
  4. Identify normal and abnormal anatomy on radiographic images of the vertebral column & thorax abdomen and musculoskeletal system
  5. Describe the basic physiology of respiration and the nervous system;
  6. List major stages that occur in embryology and extrapolate how congenital abnormalities can occur


  • Mid-semester exam (1 hour) (20%)
  • Team assessment (15%)
  • Image Recognition exam (1 hour) (20%)
  • Written exam (2 hours) (45%) (hurdle)

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