MRS575 Appendicular and Axial Skeleton Image Interpretation (16)

The aim of this subject is to develop fundamental image interpretation knowledge and skills for planar appendicular and axial musculoskeletal radiographic images using a systematic approach. Image interpretations will be correlated with relevant clinical history and informed by evidence based practice. The role and appropriateness of imaging will be considered holistically within the context of the patient's care pathway and patient centred care. The image interpretation knowledge and skills developed within this subject will directly complement current and future clinical practice for practitioners routinely using planar appendicular and axial musculoskeletal radiographic images.

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: MRS575. 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)

Assumed Knowledge

The subject assumes knowledge of radiographic technique, applied radiographic anatomy and image evaluation for conventional appendicular and axial musculoskeletal radiographic images

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise, justify and apply ethical, legislative and regulatory principles to communicate information related to significant findings;
  • be able to perform interpretations of planar appendicular and axial musculoskeletal x-rays using a systematic approach to accurately describe normal, variant and abnormal radiographic appearances correlating with the clinical history;
  • be able to critically analyse image quality and radiographic positioning when reviewing planar appendicular and axial musculoskeletal radiographic images;
  • be able to critically evaluate and justify the efficacy of planar imaging correlating with the clinical history, using evidence based practice and with consideration of patient centred care;
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning to identify clinical problems and formulate potential solutions to inform patient management; and
  • be able to critically reflect on individual learning needs to inform professional practice.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of radiographer led and non-medical practitioner image interpretation
  • Review of modes to communicate image interpretation and significant findings
  • Advanced practice, medico-legal and ethical considerations for image interpretation
  • Image perception and error
  • Search strategies and satisfaction of search for musculoskeletal image interpretation
  • Critical reflection, reflective models and action planning
  • For each anatomical region a review of:
  • - Radiographic projections and image evaluation
  • - Normal radiographic anatomy, osteogenesis and normal variants
  • - Evidence based imaging protocols, patient centred approaches and alternative diagnostic techniques
  • - Trauma to include mechanism of injury, clinical presentation, fractures, dislocations, soft tissue injuries and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history
  • - Imaging of non-accidental injury, clinical presentation and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history
  • - Degenerative and inflammatory disease processes, clinical presentation and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history
  • - Systemic disease processes, clinical presentation and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history
  • - Neoplastic and metastatic processes, clinical presentation and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history
  • - Iatrogenic devices and orthopaedic hardware and key abnormal radiographic features correlating with the clinical history

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS575 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

Special Resources

Student will need to have access to AGFA PACS Xero Software

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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