MRS270 Radiological Imaging 1 (16)

This subject considers the radiographic techniques and protocols required for non-contrast examinations of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and of the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs, pelvis, spine, skull, face and bony thorax. It continues to cover the advanced radiographic techniques and protocols associated with multiple trauma examinations.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS270. 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

HD/FL

Duration

Two sessions

School

School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Prerequisites

MRS100

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to coherently describe and justify, using correct radiographic and anatomical terminology, the non-contrast radiographic examination techniques and protocols of the visceral structures of the thorax and abdomen and the skeletal structures of the upper and lower limbs, pelvis, spine, bony thorax, skull and face.
  • Be able to discuss, justify and apply the radiographic imaging protocol and technique modifications and common alternative techniques applicable to the major indications of radiographic examinations.
  • Be able to identify, describe and justify normal radiographic anatomical structure appearances and alignments.
  • Be able to identify, describe and justify the radiographic appearances of common pathological and traumatic conditions
  • Be able to discuss, justify and apply the imaging protocol and technique modifications applicable to multiple trauma radiographic examinations.
  • Be able to discuss, justify and apply the correct actions to be taken in the event of acute patient care situations.
  • Be able to identify, evaluate and apply clinical problem solving skills Be able to discuss, justify and apply manual handling and hygiene skills used in the clinical setting.
  • Be able to discuss, justify and apply the correct terminology with patients and members of the health care team.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:

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:
- 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, 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.
- trauma protocol
- mobile and theatre protocol
- abnormality specific protocol

Examinations:
- 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

Spine
- cervical
- thoracic
- lumbar
- sacrum/coccyx
- sacro-iliac joint

Skull
- cranial vault
- facial bones - nose, maxilla, zygoma, orbits
- mandible
- tempero-mandibular joint
- para-nasal sinuses
- dental orthopantomogram

Thorax
- thoracic inlet
- mediastinum
- ribs
- sternum
- sternoclavicular joint

Multiple trauma protocols
- 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.
- 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.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

students will undertake 8 weeks of placement

Special Resources

students may incur costs associated with workplace learning

Contact

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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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