RAD2061 - Radiologic biology 3 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Level 1 of BRadMedImag course.




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This unit provides a basic understanding of the human body, its structure and the function of its organs in health and disease. The unit covers the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal system, haematopoietic system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system and reproduction. The unit incorporates the anatomy, physiology, pathology and radiographic imaging techniques related to each system. An introduction to the pharmacological principles underlying drug action, drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion and the adverse reactions to contrast media complements the body systems.


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

  1. Describe the anatomy & physiology of the haematological, respiratory, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, urinary and gastrointestinal systems and the significance for medical imaging examinations
  2. Discuss pathological processes associated with haematological, respiratory, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, urinary and gastrointestinal systems
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and toxicology;
  4. Explain the general principles, risks, classification, structure and properties of radiographic contrast media;
  5. Describe the prevention, treatment and support for contrast media reactions; and the characteristics of other drugs used in the clinical setting, general and local anaesthesia and their implications for patient care during diagnostic imaging examinations;
  6. Identify and describe the radiographic representation of the organs comprising cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine, reproductive systems;
  7. Identify and describe the radiographic appearances of pathologies affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems;
  8. Identify and describe the angiographic representation of normal anatomy


  • Written exam (3 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • 2 x Mid-semester tests (1 hour each) (25%)
  • Group assessment (15%)
  • Image recognition exam (1 hour) (20%)

Workload requirements

12 hr directed and 12 hr self-directed study.

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