Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides Medical Radiation Science (MRS) students with a global perspective of 21st century MRS clinical practice issues. The course will explore the practice and science of MRS and its role in modern health care; its use in the diagnosis, staging, treatment and monitoring of acute and chronic illness and injury; the physical, radiobiological and radiation safety principles underlying imaging and therapy; and an introduction to the interpretation of medical images used in MRS.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the impact and use of medical radiation science in a wide range of medicine and health applications

2. Compare and contrast the differences between different imaging modalities, and their use in the care of patients

3. Describe the biological effects of ionising and non-ionising radiations associated with the different imaging modalities

4. Recognise the dangers associated with medical radiations, and describe the safe and ethical use of medical imaging and therapy interventions

5. Begin to Identify normal anatomical and functional features on a range of medical images

6. Recognise the role that MRS staff have in modern health care, and the requirements for national registration and the ongoing maintenance of registration


1. Describing the professions, National Registration, Mandatory responsibilities and notifications, Professional memberships2. Imaging Modalities, Therapy Applications and Clinical MethodsPlain film, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, PET, hybrid imaging, therapy applications3. The digital era and the digital imageAcquiring an image, Image storage, Image enhancement, 2D 3D 4D imaging, clinical advantages4. Physical and Biological Effects of Medical RadiationsIonising and non-ionising radiations, atomic structure, interactions with matter, biological effects of radiation, radiation protection, production of radiation for imaging and treatment, production of radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals for imaging and treatment.5. Safe and Ethical use of medical imaging. Registration and licensing standards, national and international codes, radiation protection6. Image Interpretation, Normal anatomy, functional images.


This course is only available to students active in the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science programs (11017, 11018 or 11019) or the Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) programs (40002, 40010 or 40011).

Assessment items

In Term Test: Exam 1

In Term Test: Exam 2

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1

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