The aim of this unit is to build on students' knowledge of; processes of diagnostic imaging developed in HHD3275 Anatomy 6 and radiological appearance of congenital anomalies and normal variants, traumatic injuries, scoliosis, infections and arthritides acquired in HHX4181 Diagnostic Imaging 1. Students will extend their developing knowledge of radiographic imaging by examining the radiological appearance of metabolic, vascular and endocrine diseases. Alternative approaches to imaging are also introduced in this unit, including ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as these are also encountered in osteopathic practice.

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HHX4181 - Diagnostic Imaging 1

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. Compare different diagnostic imaging technologies and decipher when a technology is most suitable for individual patient presentations;  
  2. Report the likely radiological features present in metabolic, vascular and endocrine diseases and propose differential diagnoses to these conditions; and  
  3. Review the process of referral for various diagnostic imaging technologies in the context of osteopathic practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum 15 minute practical examination (1500 words) 50%
Examination 1.5 hour written (equivalent of 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 ed.).
Yochum, T. R., &Rowe, L. R., (2005).
Baltimore, MD. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

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