Course Title: Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course ID: 007247

Course Title: Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation 3

Credit Points: 16

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Tom Molyneux

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7399

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.5.23E

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesday afternoon 4PM onwards

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation 2.

You are expected to be able to review plain film radiographs of all body regions and correctly identify normal radiographic anatomy at various life stages (infant, paediatric, adolescent, adult & geriatric) as well as normal variations to these appearances.
You are expected to be familiar with a range of the more common human pathologies covering the categories of athritide, trauma, tumour, infection, nutritional, metabolic, endocrine and vascular.

Course Description

Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation 3 has two primary objectives.

  1. To consider in detail the approaches to interpretation of plain radiographs of the chest and abdomen.
  2. To continue an in-depth study of the radiographic features of musculoskeletal pathologies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, you are expected to be able to:

  1. Thoroughly scrutinise each radiograph in an organised manner
  2. Correctly identify normal anatomical structures observed on a radiograph
  3. Identify and recognise abnormal radiographic findings
  4. Interpret skeletal radiographs at a level that permits biomechanical assessment and recognition of basic pathology
  5. Distinguish between normal and abnormal radiographic findings that may be indicative of an underlying pathophysiological process
  6. Correlate radiographic data with relevant clinical findings
  7. Write a full radiological report
  8. Use the radiographic data to establsih the accuracy of the presumptive diagnosis initially identified
  9. Recognise and specify the need for further radiographic studies to assess and monitor changes in the patient’s clinical status
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of imaging procedures other than plain film x-ray.

On completion of this course, you are expected to be able to:

Chest and Abdominal Radiology

1. Identify and describe the radiographic appearance of the normal adult and its normal variations;
2. Identify, describe, compare and contrast the characteristic radiographic features of those conditions listed in the syllabus, presented in classes or prescribed in the reading list;
3. Apply certain principles of interpretation in identifying and localising radiographic abnormalities;
5. Develop and apply a personal system for evaluating radiographs;
6. Distinguish between disorders that may affect the chest / abdomen based on their radiographic features;
7. Know the clinical indications for taking or requesting chest or abdomen radiographs;
8. Use appropriate terminology in describing both normal and abnormal radiographic features;
9. Identify areas of abnormality on a given radiograph;
10. Evaluate a radiograph for the presence of those findings that constitute a contraindication to manipulative therapy;
11. Evaluate a radiograph for the presence of those findings that constitute grounds for immediate or imminent medical referral.

Musculoskeletal Radiology

1. Identify abnormal radiographic anatomy;
2. Apply the basic principles of radiographic interpretation and any principles specific to a disorder to the identification of all the disorders presented;
3. Identify, describe and discuss the radiographic features of all the disorders presented;
4. Provide differential diagnoses for a particular radiographic presentation;
5. Identify those disorders most commonly associated with any given radiographic appearance;
6. Use appropriate descriptive terminology when referring to radiographic findings;
7. Determine any further radiographic studies or laboratory investigations which may be required to further evaluate a known or suspected disorder;

Overview of Learning Activities

Using a substantial collection of appropriate radiological and clinical images, key concepts of a range of pathological conditions are presented for discussion in both a face-to-face setting and remotely via online material. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Yochum and Rowe’s Essentials of skeletal radiology (3rd ed) represents the core textbook around which this course is based.
Face-to-face sessions (lecture / practical) will use either digital or hard-copy images to illustrate the topic being discussed many of which will be made available online.
You are strongly encouraged to explore these topics further via the internet using a range of nominated sites as well as those you may discover.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment in this course is exclusively conducted at the end of the course.
There will be a theory paper and a practical film-reading examination

  1. Theory 3 hour paper (50%)
  2. Practical 2 hour exam (50%)

The written examination consists of a mixture of multiple-choice, true-false, short-answer and extended response questions. The examination is closed-book; no reading material may be taken into or used during the examination. The use of such material, or that of any others communicated during the examination, constitutes cheating.
You are required to obtain a combined passing score of 50% or higher overall in order to pass this course


Although no minimum attendance is required for lectures, note that sessions are available only at the times specified and cannot be repeated.
In order to meet external professional requirements, you are required to attend at least 90% of all practical sessions and to undertake make-up work if attendance falls below this level. For this reason, practical attendance will be monitored.
In certain cases, off-campus experience may be approved when combined with the external clinical placement program.

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