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Diagnostic Imaging (VET671)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external (quota of 30 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Diagnostic Imaging is central to most clinical case management. The unit will provide access to current literature and practical case-based sessions to further develop students' understanding and confidence in imaging. The focus will be on the major body systems, including the thorax, abdomen, and musculoskeletal regions. A review of radiographic physics and digital radiographic technology will be included. Additionally, students will be introduced to the indications and limitations of advanced diagnostic imaging, including computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

1. Briefly explain the different types of radiographic equipment (analogue v digital) that is available in veterinary practice.
2. Briefly explain the principles of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and their application in small animal diagnostic imaging.
3. Evaluate a radiographic study of each major body system (thorax, abdomen,
musculoskeletal) for diagnostic quality, and recommend appropriate steps for
improving radiographic quality as required.
4. Confidently and correctly interpret a radiographic study
a. using an interpretation paradigm (systematic approach) identify and describe the radiographic abnormalities present
b. Make a correct, succinct radiographic conclusion
c. Derive a prioritised differential diagnosis list from your conclusion(s) utilising your knowledge of disease pathophysiology, patient signalment and clinical history.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is case-based and focuses on providing practical experience where assimilation and application of theoretical knowledge is required. The student is provided with on-line reference material and sample questions to encourage the application of information provided in reference material to relevant clinical cases. Self-directed learning is promoted as the student is encouraged to seek and critically analyse additional literature relevant to their study. Co-operative learning is encouraged through the use of an online discussion board that will be moderated by the Unit Co-ordinator and veterinary clinical teachers. The unit will present learning material divided into modules. There is at least one practical session for each module to facilitate development of cognitive skills and technical skills applicable to the students' clinical practice. Feedback is provided throughout the unit to allow students to critically evaluate their own performance and professional practice.
Practical, non-graded, self-paced sessions providing experience in reading radiographs.
Section Quiz (20%)
* Seven quizzes in total
Module Radiology Report (30%)
* Three reports in total, one per body system.
* Report format: Written in the standard report format presented in the unit to include radiographic findings, radiographic conclusion, prioritised differential diagnosis list and next diagnostic or treatment step
Module Quiz (20%)
* Three quizzes in total, one per body system
Final Examination (30%)
* The examination will require the students to apply their theoretical and practical knowledge acquired throughout the unit.
In addition to feedback on assignments, the Unit Coordinator and other veterinary clinical teachers provide advice and feedback to students via online discussion boards.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (M1022), the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies in Small Animal Practice (C1074), the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (M1223), the Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (D1061) or permission of the Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed VET520 Diagnostic Imaging may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources. Students must be enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate courses.
Previously 2015: 'Advanced Diagnostic Imaging'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Susannah Lillis
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: S.Lillis@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
Dr Susannah Lillis
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

e: S.Lillis@murdoch.edu.au
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