MRS110 Introductory Medical Radiation Science (16)


This subject introduces the diverse array of technology required for the medical radiation sciences. It serves as a basic technological introduction to x-ray production and radiation detection. It provides an understanding of the technological requirements of quality management, safety and standards.

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Session 1
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to correctly use medical terminology,
  • be able to explain x-ray production and scintigraphic detection,
  • be able to outline the construction, function and application of the and explain the technological differences between equipment used in the medical radiation sciences,
  • be able to explain, at an introductory level, the principles and application of radiation safety in the medical radiation sciences,
  • be able to apply the basic principles involved in x-ray production and radiation detection,
  • be able to critically discuss factors affecting image quality at a beginner level,
  • be able to describe the general principles of quality assurance,
  • be able to demonstrate at an introductory level critical, analytical, and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse,
  • be able to identify and utilise effective communication skills in a variety of settings using a variety of media.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1: X-ray production
- Terminology
- The x-ray tube
- The x-ray beam and its production
- The use of x-rays (diagnostic and therapeutic)

Module 2: Radiographic technique
- X-ray beam attenuation and subject contrast
- Control of scattered radiation
- Exposure Control
- Image display and viewing
- Image quality

Module 3: Image production
- Image capture:- film/screen; fluoroscopy; computed radiography (CR); digital radiography (DR)
- Modulation Transfer Function

Module 4:  Nuclear Medicine Science
- Radiation decay
- Radiopharmaceuticals
- Scintillation detectors
- Other radiation detection devices

Module 5: Equipment applications
- Fluoroscopy
- Mobiles
- Conventional tomography
- Dental x-ray
- Mammography
- Radiation therapy

Module 6: Quality assurance and department design.
- Equipment standards
- Radiation protection and dosimetry
- Electromechanical standards and quality assurance
- Room design, including radiation protection
- Basic principles of quality assurance and quality control programs


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.