Medical Imaging Science – Specialisations

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Medical Imaging Science Specialisations

Credit points required for Specialisation: 24
All units are offered as Off-campus mode
All units of study are subject to availability and may be offered every alternate year.

Computed Tomography

The Computed Tomography (CT) specialisation is designed for professionals and researchers investigating the area of CT and hybrid imaging and facilitates student learning whilst encouraging the use of evidence based practice and critical thinking within the work environment. The specialisation provides a theoretical understanding of the science of CT instrumentation, image formation and radiation dose minimisation. Students will study the development of CT protocols and various operator selectable parameters along with the adaptation of these protocols to a range of patient specific scenarios. The unit of study content will include: contrast administration; interventional procedures; protocols that investigate motion; post processing; dual source and dual energy CT; applications for bone mineral densitometry; dental, breast, therapy and hybrid imaging.
MRTY5134
Computed Tomography Theory
6      Semester 1
MRTY5040
Computed Tomography A
6    P MRTY5134


It is assumed that enrolled students will be Medical Radiation Practitioners working in the field of CT
Semester 2
MRTY5041
Computed Tomography B
6    P MRTY5134
Semester 1
and one of
MRTY5043
Directed Studies A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This UoS should be completed in the last semester of the specialisation so as to draw upon the knowledge obtained.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5139
Medical Imaging Science Capstone
6    P 60cp from the Master of Medical Imaging Science, including MRTY5132 and MRTY5133

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To be completed in the last semester of studies in the Master of Medical Imaging Science
Semester 1
Semester 2

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) specialisation is primarily designed for professionals working within the field of medical imaging. Students will examine the principles of magnetic resonance imaging using recommended texts, provided articles, videos and online practicals using a remote access online MRI system. The fundamentals of MRI and safety requirements will be explored. The application of MRI to the human central nervous and musculoskeletal systems will be investigated. The MRI specialisation provides a theoretical understanding of techniques such as functional, contrast, angiography imaging. Learning will be supported by clinical cases to demonstrate the best practice application of these techniques in diagnosis and problem-solving in a variety of patient presentations.
MRTY5051
Magnetic Resonance Theory
6    A High school level maths and physics.


Assignments include practical exercises via online access to a benchtop MRI imaging system (Internet access required)
Semester 1
MRTY5052
Magnetic Resonance A
6    P MRTY5051


It is assumed that students will be current Medical Radiation Practitioners working in the field of MRI, at least 2 days per week.
Semester 2
MRTY5053
Magnetic Resonance B
6    P MRTY5052


It is assumed that students will be current Medical Radiation Practitioners working in the field of MRI, at least 2 days per week.
Semester 1
MRTY5138
Magnetic Resonance C
6    P MRTY5053


It is assumed the students will be current Medical Radiation Practitioners working in the field of MRI, at least 2 days per week.
Semester 2
Note: Master of Medical Imaging Science students completing a specialisation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging must enrol in MRTY5139 Medical Imaging Science Capstone in their final semester of study, in addition to completing the requirements of the specialisation.

Radiographic Image Interpretation

The Radiographic Image Interpretation specialisation is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of plain radiography. The objective of this specialisation is to inform students' knowledge of aspects of normal and abnormal plain x-ray appearances focusing on disorders of the axial skeleton, abdomen and chest. Students will develop: advanced skills in critical appraisal and rigorous analysis of the literature as is relates to advanced radiographic practice; a conceptual understanding and ability to evaluate plain radiographic images and recognise radiographic patterns and appearances indicative of pathology.
MRTY5098
Radiographic Image Interpretation A
6      Semester 1
MRTY5099
Radiographic Image Interpretation B

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6    A MRTY5098


This unit is offered every even year.
Semester 1
MRTY5100
Radiographic Image Interpretation C
6    A Knowledge of radiological anatomy and radiographic positioning
Semester 2
and one of
MRTY5043
Directed Studies A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This UoS should be completed in the last semester of the specialisation so as to draw upon the knowledge obtained.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5139
Medical Imaging Science Capstone
6    P 60cp from the Master of Medical Imaging Science, including MRTY5132 and MRTY5133

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To be completed in the last semester of studies in the Master of Medical Imaging Science
Semester 1
Semester 2

Hybrid Imaging

The Hybrid Imaging specialisation will be of interest to Nuclear Medicine scientists, medical radiation practitioners or researchers working with or investigating molecular and morphological hybrid imaging. Students will develop a deep understanding of the science of positron emission tomography with computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging (PET/CT and PET/MRI) and single photon emission tomography and computed tomography (SPECT/CT). Factors influencing image quality and radiation dose optimisation will be explored. The specialisation will also investigate the clinical application of molecular and morphological hybrid imaging for different patient presentations. Comparisons will be made between different imaging protocols and radiopharmaceuticals to determine best practice. Future trends and novel techniques in the development and application of hybrid imaging will be discussed.
MRTY5135
Hybrid Imaging A

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6   

This unt is offered every even year.
Semester 1
MRTY5141
Hybrid Imaging B
6   

This unit is offered every odd year
Semester 1
At least one of the following four units of study
MRTY5090
Multiplanar Anatomy A

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6   

This unit is offered every even year.
Semester 2
MRTY5091
Multiplanar Anatomy B
6      Semester 2
MRTY5051
Magnetic Resonance Theory
6    A High school level maths and physics.


Assignments include practical exercises via online access to a benchtop MRI imaging system (Internet access required)
Semester 1
MRTY5134
Computed Tomography Theory
6      Semester 1
and one of
MRTY5043
Directed Studies A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This UoS should be completed in the last semester of the specialisation so as to draw upon the knowledge obtained.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5139
Medical Imaging Science Capstone
6    P 60cp from the Master of Medical Imaging Science, including MRTY5132 and MRTY5133

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To be completed in the last semester of studies in the Master of Medical Imaging Science
Semester 1
Semester 2

Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging specialisation is designed for those who wish to advance their evidence-based knowledge and expand their professional skills in this rapidly developing area of medical imaging. The specialisation will integrate the theory and practice of mammography in the context of breast screening and breast cancer detection. Breast Imaging A will include the fundamentals of digital mammography, relevant radiation physics, technical priorities and client care. Breast Imaging B will explore the latest trends in new and novel imaging methods and technologies for breast cancer detection such as digital breast tomosynthesis, phase contrast, magnetic resonance, diagnostic ultrasound, and molecular imaging. Current research into reader accuracy will also be investigated, including the influence of image quality, breast density and the place of reader assessment programs such as BREAST and PERFORMS.
MRTY5106
Breast Imaging A
6      Semester 1
MRTY5140
Breast Imaging B

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6   

This unit is offered every even year.
Semester 2
and one of
HIMT5067
Evidence Based Health Care

This unit of study is not available in 2019

6   

The three quizzes will be conducted during the workshop and complusory tutorials weeks 7 and 10.
Semester 1
BETH5209
Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics
6    A A degree in science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, allied health, philosophy/ethics, sociology/anthropology, history, law, communications, public policy, business, economics, commerce, organisation studies, or other relevant field, or by special permission.
Semester 2
and one of
MRTY5043
Directed Studies A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This UoS should be completed in the last semester of the specialisation so as to draw upon the knowledge obtained.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5139
Medical Imaging Science Capstone
6    P 60cp from the Master of Medical Imaging Science, including MRTY5132 and MRTY5133

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To be completed in the last semester of studies in the Master of Medical Imaging Science
Semester 1
Semester 2

Research Studies

The Research Studies specialisation will allow the best students to design and implement a research project in the field of Medical Imaging Science with identification of appropriate statistical methods of analysis. Students must achieve a distinction average in the preceding full-time equivalent semester to be eligible to commence the 'research studies' specialisation. The topic of the research electives must be a continuation of the topic area covered in the core research unit of study titled 'Directed Studies A'. The number of research unit of study credit points is designed to allow students with a research specialisation and high weighted average mark (WAM) to apply for direct entry to a PhD research degree and also apply for an Australian or University Postgraduate Award. This specialisation is only available in the Master of Medical Imaging Science.
Select 12 credit points from the following:
BACH5068
Statistics for Clinical Research
6   

Students must have access to a PC to load and use the statistics packages SAS or SPSS
Semester 1
Semester 2
BACH5255
Qualitative Research Methods
6      Semester 2
Or selected from other research related coursework unit of study offered by the University of Sydney, with approval from the Course Director.
and select 12 credit points from the following:
MRTY5043
Directed Studies A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This UoS should be completed in the last semester of the specialisation so as to draw upon the knowledge obtained.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5044
Directed Studies B
6    P MRTY5043

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study would typically be completed by those enrolled in the Master of Medical Imaging Science completing the Research Specialisation.
Semester 1
Semester 2
MRTY5139
Medical Imaging Science Capstone
6    P 60cp from the Master of Medical Imaging Science, including MRTY5132 and MRTY5133

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To be completed in the last semester of studies in the Master of Medical Imaging Science
Semester 1
Semester 2