RAD320 Radiological Imaging 6 (8)

This subject considers the techniques and protocols utilised in interventional radiological procedures, mammography and magnetic resonance imaging examinations, and integrates professional and ethical standards and concepts into the clinical environment. The subject includes a structured clinical practicum component in appropriate medical imaging departments.

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

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe and justify the examination techniques and protocols utilised in interventional radiological procedures and mammography.
  • Be able to discuss and justify the imaging protocols and alternative techniques used in magnetic resonance imaging examinations.
  • Be able to discuss the imaging protocol and technique implications of the major modifications required with respect to the imaging examinations covered in this subject.
  • Be able to identify normal anatomical structures and alignment, and common pathological and traumatic conditions, as may be demonstrated radiographically by the examinations discussed in this subject.
  • Have gained, under close supervision, a clinical experience of specialised contrast media examinations of the interventional radiological procedures, mammography and magnetic resonance imaging examinations.
  • Have gained further experience, under close supervision, in the specialised contrast examinations of angiography and computer tomography;
  • Have consolidated, under general supervision, experience of routine examinations of the visceral and skeletal structures, and basic contrast examinations of the gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary tract and biliary tract.
  • Have consolidated experience of a variety of patient handling and communication skills appropriate to the clinical setting.
  • Have gained experience of clinical problem solving skills.
  • Have consolidated the professional attitudes, ethics and personal behaviour which contribute to the successful working relationship within the health care team..


This subject will cover the following topics:

On-campus component For each anatomical region/structure examination the following aspects are covered: gross anatomy - revise/consolidate. imaging anatomy - normal and common abnormal. overview of major (common) indications for the 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. - immobilization/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/specialized projections/techniques, as applicable, eg: - abnormality specific protocol Clinical practicum component Students will undertake one clinical practicum block during this subject of five weeks duration. Clinical experience is structured so that: students undertake only those examinations covered on campus prior to each 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: under supervision, assist with specialised contrast media examinations of the cardio-vascular, central nervous, lymphatic and lacrimal systems, examinations of synovial joints and CT, mammography, MRI, and interventional procedures, where available. 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, assist with and perform plain radiographic examinations of the visceral and skeletal structures and basic contrast examinations. 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. Examinations Interventional techniques - biopsy - angioplasty, stents - embolisation Mammography - basic and supplementary imaging techniques - mass localisation - biopsy Magnetic Resonance Imaging - cranial - thoracic - abdominal - spinal - peripheral


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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.