RAD110 Radiological Imaging 1 (8)

This subject provides a structured introduction to the practical aspects of the clinical environment such as departmental structure, communication, patient care, movement and transfer, hygiene and infection control, basic terminology quality assurance and quality control and Occupational Health and Safety. Other topics covered include different body types, patient with special needs and those in different contexts and settings such as emergency and theatre. Basic techniques related to imaging of the chest will be covered together with associated common pathologies. Student learning is designed to complement and consolidate other areas studied during the on campus component of the Medical Imaging Course.

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

No restrictions

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Describe the basic organisational and staffing requirements of the medical imaging department and its role in the clinical setting.
  • Discuss the medicolegal, ethical and clinical responsibilities of the radiation technologist as a member of a profession and of the health care team.
  • Recognise the skills required to communicate effectively with patients, peers and other health care workers.
  • Recognise the needs and rights of patients from various backgrounds and ethnic groups.
  • Provide safely for the basic needs and welfare of patients before, during and after an examination, including those patients who require special care.
  • Understand the principles of asepsis and infection control and be able to apply these principles in the clinical setting.
  • Understand the principles of body mechanics and lifting and be able to apply these principles in practice.
  • Gain an understanding of basic procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency within the medical imaging department and / or hospital
  • Discuss basic Occupational Health and Safety principles, practices and procedures.
  • Discuss and apply basic principles related to departmental quality assurance and control.
  • Utilise appropriate medical and imaging terminology.
  • Describe the noncontrast examination techniques and routine imaging protocols of the chest including major indications and alternative techniques.
  • Identify normal anatomical structures and alignment and common pathological and traumatic conditions, as may be demonstrated by the radiographic examinations of the chest.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Radiographic terminology Body planes Body habitus Patient communication/Patient care Patient types (paediatric, geriatric, trauma) Basic positioning/examination principles Positioning aids Equipment variations/types Introduction to image critique Health Care System Emergency situations Introduction to radiographic settings such as: Departmental, Accident & Emergency Mobile (ward and theatre) Historical perspective of radiation science Occupational Health & Safety principles Hygiene Body mechanics/Patient Transfers and Movement Radiographic examination of the chest, with the following aspects being covered: -Gross anatomy - revise/consolidate material concurrently being learned in BMS 127 Human Anat.& Physiology1 -Radiographic anatomy - normal and common abnormal -Overview of major (common) indications for the chest examinations, including Effect on patient mobility Effect on radiographic parameters, as applicable Basic projections/image series/techniques Patient preparation / care Patient positioning, including common alternative techniques Immobilisation/positioning aids Technical parameters - centring, film size, film/screen combination, collimation, grid, FFD optimal kVp, and radiation protection Critical assessment of anatomical alignment - patient and image appearances Common supplementary/specialised projections/techniques, as applicable to examinations of the chest


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.