RAD2001 - Medical imaging science: Radiographic principles - 2019

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



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Radiation Sciences




This unit is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the practice of diagnostic radiography.

Students will be introduced to radiographic terminology, image critique and analysis with a particular emphasis on the axial skeleton and musculoskeletal system, the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.

An introduction to the design of the modern radiologic suite and the role of medical imaging in radiation therapy will be provided.

In addition, an overview of the production of the X-ray image and the safety features related to the use of radiation in a radiographic environment will be studied.


At completion of this unit the unit will be able to

  1. Describe the design of the modern radiologic suite
  2. Describe the general characteristics of the modern X-ray system used in clinical practice, including scientific principles, and production of the digital image
  3. Identify the key features of the use of radiation, how it produces the image, and its safe use in diagnostic radiographic practice.
  4. Employ radiographic positioning skills and protocols to produce images of a representative section of the axial skeleton and musculoskeletal system, the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
  5. Distinguish the anatomical features and recognise associated common radiographic pathologies of the axial skeleton and musculoskeletal system, the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • 2 x 750 word portfolio image critique (20%)
  • 45 minute invigilated image recognition and methods exam (15%)
  • 2 hour end of semester written exam (45%)
  • Paired task - iSAP clinical action plan (1,250 words) & iSAP comparative report (750 words) (20%)

Hurdle Requirement:

  • 80% attendance at tutorials and lab sessions
  • Students must pass each element of assessment to pass the unit

Workload requirements

  • 1 hour lecture per week
  • 1 hour tutorial per week
  • 2 hour laboratory practical per week
  • 2 hours directed online activities with Moodle based tasks per week
  • 6 hours self-directed study per week

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