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 an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,475.00 $1,475.00 not applicable $9,509.00

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AssessmentOnline Examination (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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