MRS554 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Practice And Trends (16)

This subject provides the theoretical basis of practice in the modality of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and examines advanced techniques and new applications and future directions of MRI. Emphasis will be placed upon the scanning techniques, scan sequences and protocols, coil selection, clinical indications of the scan, pathology shown and patient management. Emerging developments whether they be in clinical practice, contrast agents, equipment, or safety practice will be examined.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS554. 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



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge and skills, and critically discuss the clinical practice of MRI in the areas undertaken in this subject;
  • be able to apply and critically discuss the technical knowledge required to undertake the specialised procedures used in clinical MRI;
  • be able to undertake quality audits in the practice of MRI;
  • be able to review, synthesise and apply evidence-based literature in relation to current MRI practice and Medical Radiations interdisciplinary learning; and
  • be able to investigate safety in MRI and examine its relationship to clinical practice, patient management and professional decision making.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The scanning techniques, scan sequences and protocols, coil selection, clinical indications, pathology shown and the use of contrast agents in each of the following: Neurology, Abdominal, Thoracic including lung and cardiac imaging, Musculo-skeletal including cartilage imaging, Vascular, Breast, Prostate, Small Bowel, MRCP, MR urography, Whole body screening, Fetal, Paediatrics;
  • Patient care, sedation, monitoring, anaesthesia, emergency situations;
  • Contrast Agents: types of contrast material, contrast agent pharmacology, patient contra-indications, contrast agent protocols; and
  • Quality in the clinical practice of MRI.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS554 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Scan portfolio

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.