RAD2002 - Medical imaging anatomy - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Ruth Druva


Ms Ruth Druva

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


BMA1011 and BMA1012


M20024 or M2013


This unit builds upon first year foundational knowledge of human anatomy. Students will apply this knowledge across a range of planar and sectional medical images.

The unit will teach students how to identify and recognise normal radiographic appearances including anatomical variants of the bony and soft tissue structures of the human body as demonstrated on digital radiographic images.

Through the use of computed tomography images (CT), magnetic resonance images (MRI) and digital subtraction angiographic (DSA) images students will learn how to recognise the anatomical representation and relationships of the bones, organs, blood vessels, nerves and muscles comprising the cranium, chest, abdomen, male and female pelvis, spine, limbs and girdles in multiple imaging planes.


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

  1. Differentiate between the bony and soft tissue elements and joints which comprise the upper and lower limbs and the associated process of ossification on a range of digital radiographic images
  2. Name and identify the anatomical and soft tissue structures comprising the thorax, vertebral column and abdomen on digital radiographic images
  3. Describe and differentiate the radiographic and sonographic representation of the organs comprising cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine, reproductive systems
  4. Compare and contrast CT, MR and DSA appearances of the main blood vessels of the body
  5. Name and identify the anatomy of the skull and central nervous system as seen on sectional computed tomography and magnetic resonance images
  6. Discriminate between the osseous, soft tissue components and important muscles of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, and limbs on CT and MR images.


  • 10 x weekly image recognition quizzes (10%)
  • 3 x computer based image analysis tests (40 minutes each) (60%)
  • Image portfolio and comparative analysis (2,500 words) (30%)

Hurdle requirements

  1. 80% attendance at tutorials sessions to foster a professional approach to attendance.
  2. Students must pass all elements of assessment to pass the unit

Workload requirements

1 hour master class, 1 hour interactive tutorial per week, 1 hour interactive image analysis class and 3 hours of teacher - directed interaction with Moodle based tasks and an image data bank per week.

Students will be expected to engage in additional self-directed learning to facilitate the appropriate level of knowledge of the topics covered in the unit.

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