Diagnostic Radiography Modules

Year 1 (Trimester 3)

Clinical Radiography Practice 1

DRG1902

TBC


Year 2 (Trimester 1)

General Radiographic Practice 2

DRG2001

This module integrates and builds upon the prior topic areas covered such as, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology; clinical reasoning; patient care; radiation safety and protection and equipment instrumentation. These topics will be revisited in greater breadth and depth specific to the axial skeleton (cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, skull, facial bones); the pelvic girdle and joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knees, ankles).


Healthcare and Radiological Informatics

DRG2002

Radiographic techniques will include basic and advanced positioning skills, exposure factors, and image interpretation. Particular emphasis will be placed on radiological anatomy and pathophysiology, image critique and interpretation where students are expected to recognize normal and abnormal radiological anatomy and common pathological conditions.


Clinical Radiography Practice 2

DRG2901

TBC


Radiobiology and Radiation Protection

HSC2103

This module aims to provide an introduction to the key concepts of radiobiology applied to diagnostic medical imaging and radiation therapy.  The interactions of radiation with molecules, cells, tissues and the body, and resultant biophysical events will be presented. Somatic, genetic and embryonic radiation effects, Law of Bergonié and Tribondeau, cell survival and recovery, radiation dose response curves, acute and late effects of radiation, will be discussed and examined.
This module is also designed to present basic principles of radiation protection and safety for medical radiation professionals. Radiation health and safety requirements of regulatory agencies, accreditation agencies and health care organizations are incorporated.


Year 2 (Trimester 2)

Radiographic Practice in Specialised Settings

DRG2003

This module integrates and builds upon the prior modules on general radiography and topic areas covered such as, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology; clinical reasoning; patient care; radiation safety and protection. These topics will be revisited in greater breadth and depth specific to the context of radiographic practice, which are ward, trauma and dental radiography.

Students will be introduced to dental-specific equipment instrumentation, positioning techniques, patient preparation and image critique considerations for dental radiography.

Radiographic techniques will include basic and advanced positioning skills, exposure factors, and image interpretation. Particular emphasis will be placed on radiological anatomy and pathophysiology, image critique and interpretation where students are expected to recognize normal and abnormal radiological anatomy and common pathological conditions.


Clinical Radiography Practice 3

DRG2904

TBC


Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

HSC2001

This module introduces students to the broad categories of diseases and injuries from a systems approach. The students learn the contemporary knowledge and perspectives on the pathological and abnormal physiological processes that lead to these diseases and injuries, current medical interventions, including surgery and drugs, and associated complications either arising from the disease processes or medical interventions. Students learn the effects of drugs on the biological systems (for instance, interactions between chemicals and biological receptors) and the effects of biological systems on drugs (that is, absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of chemicals from biological systems). In addition, students learn to recognize the desired and undesired effects of medication, delivery options, adverse drug reactions that health professionals may observe. The specific roles of these health professionals in communicating adverse reactions and requesting modification in medication delivery to optimize performance and minimize pain will also be discussed.


Research – Methods and Statistics

HSC2002

This module caters to students of various allied health disciplines. It builds upon the critical appraisal module in Year 1 and concentrates on equipping students towards producing their own research. In addition to reinforcing knowledge and skills in literature search and critique, the module introduces literature review and research design, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods. Learning activities are structured along a series of lectures and tutorials, with an assignment providing discipline-specific context and application in the tutorials. The knowledge and skills acquired in this module support students in their honours thesis and provides a platform for them to develop further competency in research. 


Year 3 (Trimester 1)

Principles of Specialised Imaging

DRG3002

CT. System components, system types, image acquisition parameters, image formation, modes of operation, image characteristics and artefact, image processing and display. Ultrasound. Properties of sound waves, interaction with matter, image data acquisition, image processing and display, artefact, safety and bio-effects. MRI. Magnetic properties and physics, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI contrast mechanisms and contrast agents, MRI instrumentation, additional acquisition techniques, artefacts, safety and bio-effects. Nuclear medicine. Radioisotope production, radio-pharmaceuticals.

PET. Mechanisms of operation, detector, coincidence detection, time-of-flight, attenuation correction, standardized uptake value (SUV), 2D vs 3D operation, count rate and administered dose considerations, image reconstruction, sensitivity and resolution, technical assessment and equipment purchase recommendations, quality assurance and quality control, artefacts. PET/CT. Mechanisms of operation, quality assurance and quality control, artefacts.