Course Title: Advanced Imaging Applications 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Imaging Applications 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Mary-Ann Carmichael

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7908

Course Coordinator Email: mary-ann.carmichael@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.020


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

OR

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

Cross sectional imaging covers a range of modalities within the diagnostic sphere. This course builds on the fundamental knowledge of Introduction to Imaging Applications, with a focus on practical/clinical application of each modality in relation to a range of anatomical sites, and it provides you with the knowledge required for the Year 3 Clinical Practice Courses.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.4

  • Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration (1.4a)
  • Protect and enhance patient/client safety (1.4b)
  • Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration (1.4c)
  • Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration (1.4d)
  • Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment (1.4e)

Standard 1.5

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (1.5a)
  • Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation (1.5b)
  • Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production (1.5g)

Standard 1.6 (BP321MI ONLY)

  • Implement and evaluate general radiography examinations for a range of patient/client presentations and complexities (1.6.1a)
  • Implement fluoroscopy in a range of settings (1.6.1b)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional techniques (1.6.1d)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (1.6.1e)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging (1.6.1f)
  • Alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature (1.6.2)

Standard 1.7 (BP321NM ONLY)

  • Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals (1.7.1a)
  • Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Including therapies (1.7.1b)
  • Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging (1.7.1c)
  • Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging (1.7.1d) 
  • Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies (1.7.1e)
  • Explain the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (1.7.2a)


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

  1. Critically apply knowledge of patient positioning and examination planning using a range of cross-sectional imaging modalities.
  2. Critically evaluate patient care considerations for cross-sectional imaging applications with respect to indications/contraindications, preparation and pharmaceutical requirements.
  3. Evaluate the diagnostic necessity/requirement for each cross-sectional imaging modality for a range of anatomical sites.
  4. Interpret and critically evaluate images generated with cross-sectional imaging data sets with respect to anatomical structures, pathology, artefacts and scanning parameters (for a range of anatomical sites).


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through a range of activities including lectures, laboratory and tutorial classes, self-directed study and team-based discussions. This course is supported by RMIT's online learning management system (LMS).

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 - 72

Learner Directed Hours: 72 - 96


Overview of Learning Resources

A range of learning and teaching strategies are employed in this course. The lectures will introduce you to key concepts relating to the principles and practice of medical imaging. These will be complemented with simulated practical sessions in the computer labs.

As you progress through the program you will be expected to become increasingly active in your learning. The teaching and learning strategies will reflect this approach, allowing you to progress to autonomous learning. You will be provided with the essential information and opportunity to practise, but you will need to supplement this with further reading and self-directed study. You will be required to reflect on your progress and performance in the course at regular intervals. Additionally, you should identify areas for development and address these with the aid of course teaching staff where appropriate.

The course requires you to engage with the Canvas learning environment regularly. Specific learning materials including suggested readings, links to relevant internet sites and other electronic resources will be located on Canvas. You will be required to complete regular online tests via Canvas and, where possible, use Canvas to submit your written assessments.

A key aspect of the program is fostering a thriving learning community and the building blocks for this utilise the Canvas discussion board tools. You will be expected to engage regularly with your peers and tutors and important learning will take place via online question and answer sessions.

The final approach to teaching and learning relates to assessment for learning. The assessment tasks for this course are designed to ensure maximum understanding of the content and it is important that you recognise the role of assessment in your learning. You should view the assessment tasks as part of your learning and ensure that you utilise the feedback to progress your learning and personal development.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory Skills Assessment

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Exam and Tests

Weighing 50%

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

Assessment Task 3: Written assignment

Weighting 30%

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