MRS432 Computed Tomography (8)

This subject introduces and familiarises the student with the physics, instrumentation, techniques, protocols and clinical applications utilised in computed tomography in clinical practice. Instrumentation areas will include an introducing the principles of CT, as well as any relevant regulations, quality assurance, department planning and radiation/hazard protection involved in the equipment's operation. The study of clinical applications consists of an emphasis on the clinical indications and the procedural techniques of CT examinations, together with the pathology demonstrated and overall patient management.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS432. 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



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the physical principles of computed tomography;
  • be able to describe instrumentation components and scanner design;
  • be able to evaluate and compare the capabilities, specifications and descriptions used in characterising computed tomography;
  • be able to assess and justify a basic quality assurance program for computed tomography;
  • be able to describe and justify the imaging protocols and alternative techniques used in computed tomography;
  • be able to compare and contrast imaging protocols including the use of pharmaceuticals and correct technique modifications related to specific pathology;
  • be able to identify normal anatomical structures as seen in computed tomographic images;
  • be able to critically assess the radiation safety and dosimetric considerations encountered with computed tomography.


This subject will cover the following topics:

For each anatomical region/structure examination the following aspects are covered, as applicable to computed tomography:
- principles of computed tomography
- computed tomography instrumentation
- QA/QC in CT
- imaging anatomy - normal and common abnormal
- overview of common indications for the examinations, including effect on patient mobility
- effect on imaging parameters/protocols, as applicable
- patient preparation/care
- patient positioning, including common alternative techniques
- basic projections/image series/techniques/protocols
- immobilisation/positioning aids
- technical parameters
- critical assessment of anatomical alignment - patient and image appearances
- common supplementary/specialised projections/techniques, as applicable. e.g. abnormality specific protocols
- radiation safety and dosimetric considerations

Additionally, specific protocol and procedural requirements for hybrid systems and radiation planning will be considered.


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.