The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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 Mattera. General Attenuationb. Coherent Scatteringc. Photoelectric Effectd. Compton Scatteringe. Relative Importance

2: Image Qualitya. Terms, definitions and descriptorsb. Visual Perceptionc. Diagnostic Accuracy

3: Fluoroscopya. Imaging Equipmentb. Characteristics of Performancec. Modes of Operationd. Digital Fluoroscopye. Interventional Radiologyf. Image Qualityg. Artifactsh. Radiation Dose

4: Mammographya. Breast Cancerb. Breast Anatomyc. Mammographic Imaged. Imaging Parameterse. Imaging Equipmentf. Imaging Techniquesg. Digital Systemsh. Radiation Dose

5: Quality Controla. Overcouch Unitsb. Fluoroscopyc. Mammography

6: Radiation Protection & Dosimetrya. Radiation Effectsb. Risk Assessmentc. Principles of Radiation Protectiond. Dose Quantitiese. Measurement Of Dosef. Dose Reduction Methods 


This course is only available to students active in the B MRS (Diagnostic Radiography) or the B MRS (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography) programs and have successfully completed PHYS1250.

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 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 2

Tutorial is an optional attendance for students requiring additional support and are run weeks 2-4 and 6-8.