Courses & Units

Medical Radiation Fundamentals CXA200


Offered alternate years


This subject introduces the fundamental principles of radiation science and the medical professions that utilise radiation. Students are introduced to the professions of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers types of radiation and their uses, image production and treatment, radiation safety, radiation measurement and monitoring, patient handling and patient care.


Unit name Medical Radiation Fundamentals
Unit code CXA200
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Denis Visentin
Available as student elective? No
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and compare the roles and professional responsibilities of the medical radiation science specialties of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy
  • Describe the clinical situations addressed by the medical radiation professions and assess appropriate procedures and techniques.
  • Assess appropriate patient interaction and professional requirements for safe medical radiation practice and demonstrate the use of appropriate medical terminology.
  • Describe the purpose of techniques, equipment and computer technologies used in medical radiation science, explain their correct use, and identify issues with incorrect use.
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Teaching Pattern

Evening workshops will be held at the LGH Imaging Department and Holman Clinic. See unit schedule for weeks and topics.

AssessmentExamination (30%)|Nuclear Medicine Assignment (20%)|Radiation Therapy Assignment (20%)|Medical Imaging Assignment (20%)|MRS Professions assignment (10%)
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Principles of Radiographic Imaging: An Art and A Science , 6th Edition. Richard R. Carlton; Arlene M. Adler; Vesna Balac. ISBN-10: 1-337-71106-3


Other resources that you will find useful are:
Fauber , T.L., Radiographic Imaging & Exposure, 4th ed. Mosby, 2012.
Graham, D.T., and Cloke, P., Principles of Radiological Physics, 4th edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2003.
Bushong S.C. Radiologic Science for Technologists, 9th edn, Elsevier Mosby, 2012.

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