MRS571 Appendicular Skeleton Image Interpretation (8)

This subject considers the diagnostic interpretation of plain radiographic images of the appendicular skeleton. The subject discusses image evaluation, the imaging appearances of normal appendicular skeleton anatomy and common variations and an in-depth appreciation of the broad range of bone, joint and soft tissue appearances of common types of abnormality. Students will not be capable of giving a differential diagnostic opinion of abnormalities but will be able to give informed radiographic opinions within the scope of professional and legal codes of conduct.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolling in the M.App.Sc.(Medical Imaging- Radiographic Image Interpretation) course, or at the discretion of the course committee School of Clinical Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Recognise and identify the plain radiographic appearances of the normal appendicular skeleton and its normal variations;
  • Recognise and identify radiographic appearances consistent with common types of abnormality;
  • Correlate clinical history and abnormal radiographic appearances;
  • Accurately describe normal and abnormal radiographic appearances of the appendicular skeleton;
  • Recognise and describe the effect of image quality and radiographic positioning on the diagnostic effectiveness of radiographic examinations;
  • Recognise and describe the diagnostic limitations of plain radiographic imaging.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Image and projection evaluation criteria. Normal appendicular skeletal anatomy, variants and osteogenesis. Normal appendicular skeletal radiographic anatomy. Abnormality types: - Trauma: fractures, dislocations, ligamentous injury, foreign bodies, clinical history, injury mechanisms and appearances. - Degenerative disease processes, clinical history and appearances. - Inflammatory disease processes, clinical history and appearances. - Systemic disease processes, clinical history and appearances. - Neoplastic disease processes, clinical history and appearances. - Congenital defects and anomalies.


Current 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.