Course Title: Radiography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Radiography

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Joe Messina

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7243

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre – requisites: ONPS 2192 Introduction to Biosciences; BIOL 2274 Limb and Trunk anatomy.

Course Description

Develops knowledge and understanding in

  1. Introduction to diagnostic radiographic positioning for chiropractors.
  2. Familiarisation with x-ray equipment; positioning terminology and exposure calculation.
  3. Surface anatomy for radiography.
  4. The production of regional radiographic views of the spinal column. This will Include cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine erect and supine.
  5. The production of regional radiographic views of the extremities. This will include both the upper and lower extremities.
  6. The production of chest, rib, abdominal, skull and sinus radiographs are taught in theory only.  
  7. A brief theory overview of CT, MRI, bone scanning and diagnostic ultrasound.
  8. The physics of radiation usage, safety and application as pertaining to chiropractors.
  9. Current legislation regarding the use of x-radiation in chiropractic practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

To acquire a basic physical understanding of the production of optimal radiographic images with maximum protection against the hazards of x-rays.

To develop the skills required to produce diagnostic radiographs of the spine and extremities in accordance with Victorian Department of Human Services guidelines

myRMIT Studies, lecture presentations, and laboratory manuals support this course. The library has an excellent range of Journals and texts that support the course content and a Chiropractic Liaison Librarian.

The course website contains a series of online lectures & PowerPoint presentations.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lecture and practical classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and practical classes

Overview of Assessment

Written theory and practical assessment