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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS110. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science

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, 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.


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.