The aim of this unit is to build on students' general knowledge of radiographic imaging developed in HHD3275 Anatomy 6 through an in-depth consideration of the radiological appearance of congenital anomalies and normal variants, primary and secondary bone tumours, traumatic injuries, scoliosis, infections and arthritides. Students will review the processes of reviewing radiographs and implement these when reviewing films where pathology is present and consider the application of these skills in osteopathic practice. 

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HHD4186 - Clinical Diagnosis and Management 5 (Rheumatology)

HHY4185 - Pathology 5 (Rheumatology)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review anatomical and physiological changes resulting from pathological processes in the musculoskeletal system;  
  2. Relate pathological features on diagnostic images to differential diagnoses and propose most likely diagnosis;  
  3. Report the likely radiological features present in primary and secondary bone tumours, scoliosis, traumatic fractures, arthritides and infections; and  
  4. Articulate common congenital anomalies and normal variants found in radiographic images.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum 15 minute practical assessment (equivalent to 1500 words) 50%
Examination 1.5 hour written (equivalent to 1500 words) 50%
Total word equivalence is approximately 3000 words for this six credit point unit at AQF level 8.

Required reading

Yochum and Rowe's essentials of skeletal radiology. (3rd.).
Yochum, T.R., &Rowe, L.R., (2005).
Baltimore, MD. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

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