POD405 Diagnostic Sciences for Podiatric Practice (8)


This subject explores the use of diagnostic imaging and diagnostic investigations in podiatric practice. A study of diagnostic science includes ionising and non-ionising imaging modalities; students develop skills in the appropriate use of diagnostic imaging in the management of lower limb pathology. This subject enables students to interpret X-rays and to evaluate images from other sources e.g. MRI, to a limited degree. A range of laboratory and physical assessment techniques - including vascular and neurological assessments -are also considered, with a focus on 'point of care' testing.

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Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the history, development and current technology of diagnostic imaging, including: X-ray; ultrasound; MRI; scintigraphy; CT etc.;
  • be able to describe the medico-legal implications of advanced assessment techniques and the role of the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to request appropriate diagnostic investigations in relation to lower limb pathology;
  • be able to demonstrate accurate interpretation of a range of diagnostic images relevant to podiatric practice;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to establish a podiatric diagnosis through appropriate assessment and use of diagnostic investigations;
  • be able to justify 'point of care' testing in the context of podiatric practice;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of relevant advanced physiological testing, including vascular and neurological techniques;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct tests relevant to podiatric practice and correctly interpret results;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to appropriately order and interpret results from pathological specimens, including blood, urine, tissue, and other body fluids;
  • be able to critically analyse issues relevant to the use of diagnostic investigations and point of care testing in podiatric practice.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploring the diagnostic phenomenon: understanding the philosophy and practice of differential diagnosis, and constructing and testing diagnostic hypotheses
  • Pain as an indicator of underlying pathology
  • Implications of pain in the use of diagnostic imaging
  • Radiographic and imaging sciences
  • Review of physics and radiographic anatomy
  • Clinical indications and contraindications for the use of ionising and non-ionising imaging techniques
  • Principles of client positioning for imaging
  • Methods of measurement using diagnostic images
  • Pathology: requesting and interpreting pathological tests for blood and urine specimens, to assist in the diagnosis and management of conditions commonly encountered in podiatric practice
  • Acquiring tissue samples - joint aspiration and skin biopsy - and interpretation of pathology reports
  • Interpretation and identification of pathologies and variants arising from: arthropathies; trauma; vascular disease; haematological disorders; infection; endocrine and metabolic disorders;
  • Advanced vascular testing: duplex doppler scanning, vasculography, plethysmography, laser doppler, electrocardiography.
  • Advanced neurological testing: quantitative neurological testing, nerve conduction studies etc.
  • Point of care testing: conducting tests and interpreting results including; vascular (HbA1c, blood glucose, total plasma cholesterol etc.); neurological (Biothesiometer, neuropad etc.); urinalysis (dipstick) and others e.g. faecal occult blood testing


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.