MRS212 Imaging Pathology (16)

Students study and explore pathology as it relates to the medical radiation sciences. The subject covers the major pathologies encountered in the clinical practice of diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy. Students develop detailed insight and understanding into prototype pathologies with translational investigational, critical appraisal and deductive skills to other less commonly encountered pathologies (or those more common to a single Medical Radiation Science specialisation). Students will explore the relationships between pathologies with respect to aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and patient management / treatment.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS212. 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

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)
Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Radiation Therapy)

Assumed Knowledge

MRS121 Introduction to Medical radiation Science

BMS191 and BMS192  Human Bioscience 1 and 2

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the physical characteristics and imaging appearance of major common pathologies and demonstrate an insight through synthesis for a variety of medical radiation science modalities (MRPBA Domain 1.1a-c);
  • be able to explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of commonly imaged pathologies (MRPBA Domain 1.1b-c);
  • be able to analyse the various imaging modality options and their efficacy in the diagnosis of commonly imaged pathologies (MRPBA Domain 1.3a-d);
  • be able to describe and justify the therapeutic approaches for commonly imaged pathologies (MRPBA Domain 1.3a-d); and
  • be able to demonstrate critical thinking, analytical appraisal and reflective skills related to clinical imaging, problem solving and decision making (MRPBA Domain 4.1a-c).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • MODULE 1:
  • Introduction to pathological concepts
  • Cell pathology
  • Injury / Repair
  • Repair
  • Necrosis / Apoptosis
  • Ischemia / Infarction
  • Micro-organisms
  • Radiation pathology
  • Immunity
  • Inflammation / Infection
  • MODULE 2:
  • Neoplasia
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Genitourinary
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine / Exocrine
  • Lymphatic
  • Hematopoietic

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.