MRS375 Radiographic Techniques 3 (16)

This subject considers the techniques, protocols and clinical practice utilised in advanced diagnostic radiography modalities, in particular fluoroscopy, angiography/interventional radiology, and mammography. The theoretical modules of this subject are designed to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and capabilities required for professional registration. The subject incorporates 6 weeks of clinical practicum, in order for the theory taught to be applied in practice. Students will also further develop critical evaluation, reflective practice skills, communication skills and further develop their cultural competence.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS375. 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


Centre of Rural Dentistry and Oral Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and implement professional practice with specific reference to applying anatomy, physiology and pathology, applying the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising patient information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, patient assessment and due diligence, deliver appropriate care, and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 1 and 1A);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in diagnostic radiography, with specific reference to implementing fluoroscopy in a range of settings, explaining the principles and clinical applications of angiography and interventional techniques, and explaining the principles of mammographic imaging within the clinical context (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, maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges and identifying professional learning needs / life-long learning (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive, effective and culturally appropriate communication to support culturally safe environments, and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement non-discriminatory, professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to practicing in an ethical, professional and legal manner, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • be able to manage and adapt to limitations and restrictions in the use of techniques and devices for reproducibility of procedures concerning patient condition and presentation (MRPBA Domain 1.6a);
  • be able to ascertain the suitability and application of a proposed medical radiation examination/treatment, to recognise when an alternative pathway may be more appropriate, and make suitable recommendations to other members of the healthcare team. 2.4c; 3.2d; 4.1d be able to recognise near misses and their consequences, adverse events, and relevant contributing factors, and report on these in a timely and appropriate manner (MRPBA Domain 5.1g);
  • be able to prepare patients and delivery systems for fluoroscopy and angiography examinations, including positioning patient for best diagnostic outcomes, checking for contrast contraindications, and loading delivery devices using aseptic technique (MRPBA Domain 1A.2c and g);
  • be able to apply knowledge of medical equipment and prostheses used in the angiography and operating theatre setting, collaborating in the design of fluoroscopy and angiography protocols (MRPBA Domain 1A.2h and i);
  • 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); and
  • be able to understand the processes of peer assessment, standard setting, mentorship, and developmental support to other members of the healthcare team (MRPBA Domain 2.5a).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • CLINICAL BLOCK (1 x 6 weeks):
  • Professionalism
  • Ethics and law
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Radiation safety
  • Patient care and communication
  • Culturally safe environments
  • WHS
  • Technical competence
  • Reflective practice
  • For each of;
  • Fluoroscopy (clinical and design/operation)
  • Angiography / interventional (clinical and design/operation)
  • Mammography (clinical and design/operation)
  • CT (protocols and application)
  • Tomosynthesis
  • Terminology
  • Protocol and procedure
  • Pathophysiology / clinical indications
  • Image critique

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 1 block of 6 weeks clinical placement at approved clinical sites recognised by MRPBA. This includes approved sites in rural, regional and metropolitan sites; and public and private departments. Placement occurs at a single clinical site.

Special Resources

Students undertake a 6 weeks clinical placement which requires students to undertake travel at their own expense (including travel, accommodation and uniforms). 

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.