Course Title: Medical Imaging Methods 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Imaging Methods 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr Madeleine Shanahan

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 7527

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.13

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites: RADI1130 Medical Imaging Methods 1 (Course ID 038609: and MEDS2118 Introduction to Pathology (Course ID 038823:

Enforced corequisite: ONPS2348 Medical Imaging Technology 2 (Course ID 038628:

Course Description

This course will build upon your existing knowledge and skills in Medical Imaging and introduce you to more advanced Medical Imaging examinations and procedures.  In this course you will continue to develop your radiographic skills and your understanding of the effect of exposure factors, image recorder systems and radiographic positioning and its implications on medical images.  You will continue to develop skills and techniques as applied to radiographic trauma imaging and develop your awareness of autonomous practice and teamwork.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

1.1c. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to assume responsibility, and accept accountability, for professional decisions

1.1d. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to advocate on behalf of the patient/client, when appropriate within the context of the practitioner’s particular division of registration

Standard 1.2 Communication and collaboration

1.2a. Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patient/client and your family or carers

1.2b. Collaborate with other health professionals

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

Standard 1.6 Practice in diagnostic radiography

1.6 1a. Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities

1.6 1b. Implement fluoroscopy in a range of settings

1.6 1d. Explain the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional procedures

1.6 2. Alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature


On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Perform advanced simulated radiographic examinations with justification of selected patient positioned techniques and technical factors

2. Critically assess radiographic images in terms of image quality, radiographic positioning, and recognition of anatomy and pathology

3. Justify methods of modifying radiographic examinations to adapt to specific patient requirements (including patient clinical history and condition)

4. Demonstrate professionalism and communication skills to meet the standards of a student Medical Radiations Practitioner

5. Demonstrate knowledge of plain film and fluoroscopic radiographic examinations


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will provide you with learning activities in the form of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes, online learning activities and self-directed study.  This course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in problem-based learning activities (tutorials and laboratories).  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to make use of the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are expected to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.  A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course includes:


Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 2: Tests

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 5

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighing 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 and 5


This course has no hurdle requirements.