Courses & Units

Medical Radiation Instrumentation CXA202


Offered alternate years


This subject introduces the modalities and instrumentation used in medical radiation science professions. Students are introduced to the modalities and instrumentation in the areas of Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy. The unit covers the different types of devices and techniques used in the professions, the instrumentation used to generate radiation, the production of images and principles of therapies using radiation.


Unit name Medical Radiation Instrumentation
Unit code CXA202
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

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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 the processes of radiation generation and explain the factors which determine beam properties.
  • Describe the design and operation of radiation detection devices for image generation and explain the factors which affect image quality.
  • Describe the principles of operation of medical radiation equipment and explain their role in radiation generation, image production and safety.
  • Critically analyse experimental results and apply principles to solve problems in electrical systems, exposure variables, and radiation safety.
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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Teaching Pattern

Evening workshops will be held at the LGH Imaging Department and Holman Clinic. See unit schedule for weeks and topics – 2 hours for 6 weeks.

AssessmentExamination (30%)|Electrical Assignment (15%)|Radiation Production Assignment (20%)|Experiment Report (20%)|Radiation Interaction Assignment (15%)
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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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