RAD5113 - Advanced MRI and clinical decision-making 2 - 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 Mark Strudwick

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (Online)




Must be enrolled in M6001


This unit builds upon existing knowledge radiographers have about modern MR practice including the need to tailor the use of MR protocols to oncology imaging.

The unit will require radiographers to use verified methodologies to implement a range of advanced MR protocols and post-processing approaches when dealing with patients who present for MR examinations specific to oncology diagnosis and followup.

Radiographers will critically examine the evidence informed body of knowledge about MR spectroscopy (MRS) as applied to research volunteers and cancer diagnosis in adult patients.

The unit will address the issue of the types of spectroscopic techniques used in current practice and being researched for future use in oncology.

The unit will require radiographers to investigate best practice in relation to the production of high quality research and diagnostic MR spectrograms through advanced hardware and software.

The unit will acknowledge the importance of clinical judgement and decision making within the context of interpretation of MRS.


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

  1. Apply the principles of evidence-based health care practice to the delivery of MRI imaging in the clinical and research context.
  2. Explain the principles of MR spectroscopy.
  3. Implement and assist in the development of advanced MRS techniques, protocols and post-processing approaches for clinical and research applications.
  4. Describe a range of clinical indications, patient presentations, patient preparation and positioning methods for MRS studies in clinical and research.
  5. Assess and clearly communicate analyses from MRS studies.
  6. Analyse and refine MR pre-examination patient questionnaires.


4 x advanced case studies (1,500 words each) (25% each = total 100%)

Workload requirements

Off-campus - 6 hours per week for 12 weeks. No residential component is required. On-line delivery only for post graduate students.

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

Radiography and medical imaging