Course Title: Imaging Anatomy and Pathology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Imaging Anatomy and Pathology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Farnaz Tabatabaie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7181

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Course Description

This course is will develop your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology as depicted in medical images.  It will expand on your existing anatomy, physiology and pathology knowledge and apply this knowledge to a range of medical images.  The course content considers the normal surface and gross anatomical relationships and organisation, including normal variants of the major skeletal and soft tissue structures of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and upper and lower limbs.  The normal medical imaging appearance of the structures, their function and their relationships as demonstrated in the para-coronal, para-sagittal and transverse planes on plain and contrast radiographic, CT, MRI images is considered in detail.  This course is applicable to the three streams in Medical Radiations.


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 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

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

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to depiction in medical radiation images from a range of modalities including planar x-ray imaging, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine SPECT/CT and PET/CT
  2. Interpret normal medical radiation images using pattern recognition skills
  3. Recognise anatomical variants and pathology as depicted in medical radiation images
  4. Describe a range of pathological processes and correlate these to clinical presentation

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake a range of learning activities including lectures, online learning activities, problem-based learning tasks 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 undertaking problem-based learning activities.  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 encouraged 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 2: Examination

Weighting 50%

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