MRS276 Radiographic Techniques 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. In addition, this subject commences the detailed development of skills that underpin professional practice in diagnostic radiography both for the public and private setting. The theoretical modules of this subject are designed to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities for professional registration. In this subject, students complete a series of supervised diagnostic radiography practice experiences for a total of 8 weeks. Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to apply current knowledge and skills and further build on these skills. Students will develop and consolidate critical evaluation and reflective practice skills.


Year-long Period 1 (31)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS276. 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



One session


School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography).
Not available to students who have successfully completed MRS275.


MRS121 and MRS120

Subject Relationships

MRS275 Replaced by MRS276.
MRS270 - Related.

Incompatible Subjects

MRS270, MRS275

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe, explain and implement professional practice with specific reference to anatomy, physiology, pathology, physics and instrumentation principles, utilising clinical information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, patient assessment and due diligence, deliver appropriate care and stabilisation/reproducibility techniques, and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 1);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in diagnostic radiography with specific reference to the implementation and evaluation of general radiography (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) examinations for a range of patient presentations and complexities (MRPBA Domain 1 and 1A);
  • be able to describe and apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, protecting/enhancing patient safety, ensuring safe operation of equipment, maintaining safety of self and others and safely managing radiation (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence-based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical thinking, analytical appraisal and reflective skills related to clinical imaging, problem solving and decision making (MRPBA Domain 4.1);
  • be able to recognise opportunities to develop new knowledge through research and enquiry, and contribute to the enhancement of the profession (MRPBA Domain 2.5 and 4.1d);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to practising in an ethical, non-discriminatory, professional and legal manner, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • be able to apply digital technology and digital literacy skills for professional practice and research and demonstrate digital citizenship in online learning and professional communities (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to perform quality evaluation of image datasets, identify limitations and recognise artefacts, including identifying and reporting urgent or unexpected findings (MRPBA Domain 1.7b and c);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective, culturally appropriate communication to create culturally safe environments and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to make appropriate decisions about the care of patients before, during, and after the examination/treatment (MRPBA Domain 1.7d); 2.3a;
  • be able to operate projection radiography systems safely and effectively in a range of settings, selecting appropriate equipment, receptor type, and setting equipment geometry for the examination (MRPBA Domain 1A.1a,d);
  • be able to collaborate in the design and evaluation of projection radiography protocols (MRPBA Domain 1A.1g); and
  • be able to recognise the need for appropriate decisions about the care of patients before, during, and after the examination/treatment. (MRPBA Domain 1.7d; 2.3a).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • CLINICAL BLOCK (2 x 4 weeks):
  • Professionalism;
  • Ethics and law;
  • Social and environmental justice;
  • Radiation safety;
  • Patient care and communication;
  • Culturally safe environments;
  • WH&S;
  • Technical competence; and
  • Reflective practice.
  • 1. Chest / thorax;
  • 2. Upper extremity;
  • 3. Lower extremity;
  • 4. Abdomen;
  • 5. Pelvis / hips;
  • 6. Spine; and
  • 7. Skull and facial.
  • Terminology;
  • Protocol and procedure;
  • Pathophysiology / clinical indications;
  • Paediatric considerations; and
  • Image critique.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 2 blocks of 4 weeks clinical placement at approved clinical sites as recognised by MRPBA. The students spend each block at one site.

Students undertake pre-clinical practical activities in Charles Sturt laboratories and in clinical centres that partner with Charles Sturt.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.