Diagnostic Radiography Instrumentation 2B

Course code MRSC2560
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


This course discusses the principles and operation of equipment used in diagnostic radiography.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the important interactions with matter that occur at diagnostic energies

2. Discuss the clinical relevance of the photoelectric effect and Compton Scattering

3. Discuss relevant image quality terminology and measurements

4. Describe methods for assessing diagnostic accuracy

5. Discuss the principles of fluoroscopy

6. Explain interventional radiography and the hazards that need special consideration

7. Briefly discuss breast cancer in terms of incidence and mortality

8. Discuss the difference between screening and diagnostic mammography

9. Describe the equipment used in mammography

10. Discuss the different types of equipment needed to undertake quality control measurements for conventional, mammographic and fluoroscopic units

11. Explain the different tests used in QC and interpret the results

12. Describe the radiation protection principles

13. Discuss radiation protection of staff, members of the public and patients

14. Describe and compare the different terminology and methods used in radiation dosimetry


This course will include the following items: 1: Interactions with Matter a. General Attenuation b. Coherent Scattering c. Photoelectric Effect d. Compton Scattering e. Relative Importance

2: Image Quality a. Terms, definitions and descriptors b. Visual Perception c. Diagnostic Accuracy

3: Fluoroscopy a. Imaging Equipment b. Characteristics of Performance c. Modes of Operation d. Digital Fluoroscopy e. Interventional Radiology f. Image Quality g. Artifacts h. Radiation Dose

4: Mammography a. Breast Cancer b. Breast Anatomy c. Mammographic Image d. Imaging Parameters e. Imaging Equipment f. Imaging Techniques g. Digital Systems h. Radiation Dose

5: Quality Control a. Overcouch Units b. Fluoroscopy c. Mammography

6: Radiation Protection & Dosimetry a. Radiation Effects b. Risk Assessment c. Principles of Radiation Protection d. Dose Quantities e. Measurement Of Dose f. Dose Reduction Methods  

Assumed Knowledge

MRSC2501: MRS Instrumentation IIA

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Exams - Class 1

In Term Test: Exams - Class 2

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial is an optional attendance for students requiring additional support


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial is an optional attendance for students requiring additional support