This subject considers the radiographic techniques and protocols required for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs and pelvis, excluding the spine. The subject includes a structured clinical practicum component in appropriate medical imaging departments.
No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.
School of Biomedical Sciences
Restricted to students enrolled in BAppSc(Medical Imaging) course
On-campus component Thorax - respiratory tract - heart Upper limb - Digits - metacarpals - carpals - radius/ulna - elbow - humerus - gleno-humeral joint - rotator cuff muscles - acromio-clavicular joint - scapula - clavicle Lower limb - Digits - metatarsals - tarsals - ankle - tibia/fibula - knee/patella - femur - hip joint Abdomen - acute and plain abdomen - kidney/ureter/bladder Pelvis For each anatomical region/structure examination the following aspects are covered: gross anatomy - revise/consolidate. radiographic anatomy - normal and common abnormal. overview of major (common) indications for the examinations, including - affect on patient mobility. - affect 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, radiation protection. - critical assessment of anatomical alignment - patient and image appearances. common supplementary/specialised projections/techniques, as applicable, eg: - age related techniques - mobile and theatre protocol - abnormality specific protocol - foreign body localisation. Clinical practicum component Students will undertake one clinical practicum block of four weeks during this subject. Clinical experience is structured so that: - students undertake only those examinations covered on campus prior to the practicum. - for medico-legal reasons, students may only observe and/or assist with examinations not covered on campus prior to each practicum. Students shall not perform examinations not covered on campus prior to each practicum. During each clinical experience practicum, students will: - progressively apply and consolidate radiographic skills and techniques and patient care and communication skills in a variety of clinical settings and at an increasing level of clinical difficulty. - under supervision, observe, assist with and perform plain radiographic examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs and pelvis, excluding the spine. - develop clinical problem solving skills. - develop critical assessment skills regarding the application of alternative projections, techniques and protocols, as may be influenced by patient age and/or condition or equipment types available. - develop professional attitudes and behaviour in the clinical environment.
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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.