Course Title: Medical Radiations Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Medical Radiations Technology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Pradip Deb

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7324

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus, Building 201, Level 8, Room 23

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments arranged via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course builds on the foundation knowledge introduced via the Introduction to Medical Radiations and MedRad Methods courses in the first year. The course is not stream specific, but is Medical Radiations focussed and is conducted across all three streams of Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy and Radiologic Imaging. The expectation is that students of all three streams participate equally in this course.

Course Description

The course aims to provide the student with the foundation knowledge of radiobiology and protection, biological effects and safety of non ionising radiation, International, Commonwealth and State legislation controlling the use of ionising and non ionising radiations.
The course also aims to provide the student with foundation knowledge of digital image processing as it relates to the field of Medical Radiations. It will also provide an overview of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Hospital and Radiological Information Systems (HIS & RIS)

The course will be conducted via face-to-face lectures, online learning and practical laboratory based sessions conducted during the semester.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The students are expected to be able to effectively use basic medical radiations instrumentation and laboratory based techniques to obtain, analyse and discuss results obtained from a theoretical and practical standpoint.

The capabilities addressed by this course include the ability gather and utilise a wide range of resources to investigate technology and issues relating to medical radiations; and the ability to critically analyse medical radiations findings to support an understanding of the technology. The course also provides the foundation for the student to be able to collaborate with other health care disciplines in the areas of medical radiations technology, which will be further developed in the second and third years of the program.

After successfully completing this course, the student should be able demonstrate understanding of the interaction of ionising and non ionising radiation with matter, the methods and types of radiation protection and the legislative, regulatory and radiation standards as they apply in Victoria and Australia.
Also, students should be able demonstrate understanding of the principles of digital image processing, how digital image processing is used in medical radiations and demonstrate an understanding of PACS and HIS/RIS.

Overview of Learning Activities

The student will be involved in learning activities that include self-directed study, problem based learning and laboratory based exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with course notes via myRMIT and a wide variety of refereed articles and references, from instrumentation, physics and informatics sources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may be conducted in the form of a written examination, tests, and practical sessions conducted throughout the semester. The written examination will test the students understanding of the theoretical basis of the instrumentation examined during the lecture series. The practical evaluations will test the student’s ability to analyse basic medical radiations findings, and convey their understanding of these findings via written practical submissions.