Diagnostic Radiography Instrumentation IIB

Course code MRSC2560Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course, diagnostic radiography students shall be able to:

1. Discuss relevant image quality terminology and measurments
2. Describe the equipment used in mammography
3. Discuss the principles of fluoroscopy
4. Explain interventional radiography and the hazards that need special consideration.
5. Discuss the different pieces of equipment needed to undertake quality control measurements in ALL diagnostic radiography modalities
6. Explain the different tests used in QC and interpret the results
7. Describe the radiation protection principles
8. Discuss radiation protection of staff, members of the public and patients
9. Describe and compare the different methods used in radiation dosimetry
10. Discuss the current changes occuring in medical imaging
ContentThis course will include the following items:

1: Image Quality
a. Basic terms and definitions
b. Visual Perception
c. Truth Tables

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

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

4. Quality Control
a. Overcouch Units
b. Fluoroscopy
c. Mammography
d. CT
e. MRI
f. Ultrasound

5. 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

6. Current Diagnostic Imaging
a. Computed Radiography
b. Direct Radiography
c. Digital Processing
d. Digital Image Quality
TransitionTransitional arrangements will be done on a case-by-case basis. It is estimated that only 2-3 students will need transition between the old and new course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMRSC2501: MRS Instrumentation IIA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalImage Quality & Mammography Examination:
Format: A series of questions, which may comprise MCQ, T/F and short answer questions
This examination assesses objectives 1 & 2
Time: Week 3
Examination: FormalFluoroscopy & Quality Control Examination:
format: A series of questions, which may comprise MCQ, T/F and short answer questions
This examination assesses objectives 3, 4, 5 & 6
Time: Week 6
Examination: FormalRadiation Protection,.Dosimetry & Digital Systems:
This examination assesses objectives 7, 8, 9 & 10
Time: Week 9
Online Learning ActivitiesStudent are required to read 2 research papers on Computed Radiography.
They are then required to post onto BB, the 5 moost important things that they learnt from the readings.
Other: (please specify)In order to pass this course, the student must obtain at least an average of 50% and a minimum of 40% in any assessment.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
Compulsory Program ComponentMust have completed PHYS1250.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MRSC2560