MRS574 Chest And Abdomen Image Interpretation (16)

MRS574 considers the skills and knowledge required for the diagnostic interpretation of plain radiographic images of thoracic and abdominal anatomy . The subject introduces and develops the image evaluation and imaging appearances of normal thoracic and abdominal anatomy and their common variations. Concurrently, an in-depth understanding of the pathogenesis and morphological changes in a broad range of bone, organ and soft tissue appearances of common types of abnormalities is undertaken.

Students will not be capable of giving a differential diagnostic opinion of abnormalities but will be able to give informed radiographic opinions within the scope of professional and legal codes of conduct.

Availability

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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS574. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

 Master of Medical Radiation Science (with specialisations) 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise the legal and ethical implications of interpretation practice;
  • be able to identify and accurately describe the plain radiographic appearances of the normal thoracic and abdominal anatomy and its normal variations; and appearances consistent with common types of abnormality;
  • be able to correlate clinical history, an understanding of pathogenesis and morphological changes that lead to abnormal radiographic appearances;
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding of the effect of image quality and radiographic positioning on the diagnostic effectiveness of radiographic examinations;
  • be able to analyse and describe the diagnostic limitations of plain radiographic imaging;
  • be able to understand the strategies used in the medical management of patients following diagnosis;
  • be able to communicate radiographic opinions within professional and legal codes of conduct.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Normal thoracic and abdominal anatomy, including organogenesis and osteogenesis and their variants;
  • Normal thoracic and abdominal radiographic anatomy and projection evaluation criteria;
  • Systematic interpretation processes of thoracic and abdominal radiographic images;
  • Abnormality types:
  • - Trauma: soft tissue trauma & fractures, foreign bodies, clinical history, injury mechanisms and appearances;
  • - Degenerative disease processes, clinical history and appearances;
  • - Inflammatory disease processes, clinical history and appearances;
  • - Systemic disease processes, clinical history and appearances.
  • - Neoplastic disease processes, clinical history and appearances.
  • - Congenital defects and anomalies.
  • Basic contrast studies (barium-and iodine- based contrast) of the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) and renal system using plain x-ray analysis;
  • Medical management of the patient in relation to clinical findings.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS574 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
Title
Value %
1
Task 1: scope of practice
2
Task 2: online computer based assessments
10
3
Task 3: teaching case study
20
4
Task 4: online computer based assessments
10
5
Task 5: interpretation logbook & critical review
20
6
Task 6: image interpretation examination
40

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

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