RAD5105 - Pathology for advanced medical imaging practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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 Lori Boyd


Dr Wendy MacLeod

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Online)
  • Second semester 2018 (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. Compare and contrast skeletal pathology and comment on their radiographic characteristics.
  2. Identify complex cardio/respiratory pathology demonstrated on radiographic and CT images
  3. Critically assess the aetiology, pathology, clinical presentation and complications of abdominal pathology and how imaging can aid in diagnosis.
  4. Critically apply knowledge of CNS pathologies to determine the differential diagnosis in CNS imaging


  • 4 x Short Image Case Analysis (2.5% each, total=10%)
  • 4 x Image Analysis Assignments (10% each, total=40%)
  • 4 x online MCQ tests (2.5% each, total=10%)
  • 2 x Clinical Case Studies (20% each, total= 40%)

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.

See also Unit timetable information

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

CT radiography

Medical ultrasound