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.


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



Two sessions


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.


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
Value %
Task 1: scope of practice
Task 2: online computer based assessments
Task 3: teaching case study
Task 4: online computer based assessments
Task 5: interpretation logbook & critical review
Task 6: image interpretation examination

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.