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RAD2092

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Coordinator(s)

A/Prof Michael Farrell

Offered

Clayton

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

The focus of this unit is on the structure and function of the central nervous system and the pathological basis of disease and injury affecting this system. The anatomical representation and relationships of the bones, organs, blood vessels, nerves and muscles comprising the cranium, chest, abdomen, male and female pelvis, spine, limbs and girdles in multiple planes will be demonstrated through computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance images (MRI) and digital subtraction angiographic (DSA) imaging. Organization, structure and physiology of nervous tissue, the spinal cord and its nerves and the senses will provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the common disorders affecting the central nervous system including developmental malformations, neoplasia, demyelinating and degenerative disease processes, infective processes, cerebrovascular disease and traumatic brain injury. The unit is particularly designed to prepare students for their CT studies in year three of the course.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the basic components, structure and function of the central nervous system including the special senses of sight, hearing and equilibrium;
  2. Describe the anatomical structure of the cranium and bones comprising the face and the brain including its vascular supply;
  3. Describe important pathological processes involved in diseases affecting the central nervous system including the special senses of sight, hearing and equilibrium;
  4. Distinguish between normal and abnormal pathophysiological processes affecting the central nervous system and its blood supply as they appear on sectional computed tomography, magnetic resonance and digital subtraction angiographic images;
  5. Name and identify the key the osseous and soft tissue components of the central nervous system, cranium, the face and the brain as they appear on sectional computed tomography and magnetic resonance images;
  6. Compare and contrast the computed tomography, magnetic resonance and digital subtraction angiographic appearances of the vascular supply to the head and neck;
  7. Discriminate between the osseous and soft tissue components, important muscles and blood vessels of the chest, abdomen, male and female pelvis, spine, limbs and girdles as displayed on sectional CT and MRI images;
  8. Apply knowledge and understanding of important pathological processes involved in diseases affecting the central nervous system including the special senses of sight, hearing and equilibrium to radiographic practice situations.

Assessment

Exam (2 hours) 45%
Image computer test 1 (1 hour) 15%
Image computer test 2 (1.5 hours) 20%
Case study (1000 words) 15%
Philips Portal Exercises - 5%

Hurdle: All elements of assessments must be passed to pass the unit

Workload requirements

4 x one hour lectures, 1 x one hour engagement with sectional anatomy learning tutorials, 1 x one hour tutorials including anatomy and pathology demonstration classes, up to 6 hours self-directed study in keeping with the credit point value of the unit.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Level 1 of BRadMedImag course.

Co-requisites