RAD2092 - Radiologic biology 4 and sectional anatomy - 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)

Mrs Imelda Williams


Associate Professor Michael Farrell

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Level 1 of BRadMedImag course.




The focus of this unit is on the structure and function of the central nervous system and the pathological basis of disease and injury affecting this system. 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 planes will be demonstrated through computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance images (MRI) and digital subtraction angiographic (DSA) imaging. Organization, structure and physiology of nervous tissue, the spinal cord and its nerves and the senses will provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the common disorders affecting the central nervous system including developmental malformations, neoplasia, demyelinating and degenerative disease processes, infective processes, cerebrovascular disease and traumatic brain injury. The unit is particularly designed to prepare students for their CT studies in year three of the course.


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

  1. Explain the basic components, structure and function of the central nervous system including the special senses;
  2. Describe the anatomy of the skull, brain and associated structures;
  3. Describe important pathological processes affecting the central nervous system including the special senses;
  4. Distinguish between normal and abnormal pathophysiological processes affecting the central nervous system and its blood supply as they appear on CT, MR and DSA images;
  5. Name and identify the anatomy of the skull and central nervous system as seen on sectional computed tomography and magnetic resonance images;
  6. Compare and contrast the CT, MR and DSA appearances of the vascular supply of the head and neck;
  7. Discriminate between the osseous and soft tissue components, important muscles and blood vessels of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, and limbs on CT and MR images.


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.

  • Exam (2 hours) 45%
  • Image computer test 1 (1 hour) 15%
  • Image computer test 2 (1.5 hours) 20%
  • Case study (1000 words) 15%
  • Philips Portal Exercises - 5%

Hurdle: All elements of assessments must be passed to pass the unit

Workload requirements

4 x one hour lectures, 1 x one hour engagement with sectional anatomy learning tutorials, 1 x one hour tutorials including anatomy and pathology demonstration classes, up to 6 hours self-directed study in keeping with the credit point value of the unit.

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