Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


CLINIMAG 710 – MRI Clinical Applications

15 Points

Semester 1, 2019

Distance

Description


Addresses normal and abnormal imaging appearances, protocol selection and development, and applications associated with standard neurological, musculoskeletal and body MRI examinations.

Objectives and learning outcomes


This course aims to cultivate a critically questioning approach to MR imaging practice. An emphasis will be placed on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence. The course will expect students to assimilate the underlying physical principles of MRI with relevant biological processes and imaging appearances.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate and explain normal and abnormal MR imaging appearances of the head, neck, spine, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system.

2. Make informed clinical judgements with regard to the selection of imaging protocols and technical parameters in relation to the head, neck, spine, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system.

3. Develop appropriate imaging protocols for specific pathologies of the head, neck, spine, abdomen, pelvis, and musculoskeletal system applications.

4. Critically evaluate a range of standard MRI techniques to investigate specific regions and pathologies.

5. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving.

Programme and course advice


Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 714
Restriction: CLINIMAG 701, CLINIMAG 702

This course is a compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme.

All students enrolled in the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme are eligible for direct entry to this course on completion of the prerequisite course. For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

Access to a clinical MRI department is highly recommended.

 

Course delivery and workload


This course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

• Set readings relevant to MRI clinical practice (40 hours)

• Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours)

• Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)

 

Readings


CLINIMAG 710 MRI Clinical Applications 2018

Students will be required to purchase a copy of ‘Workbook for sectional anatomy for imaging professionals’ (3rd ed.) by Lorrie Kelley and Connie Petersen (2012).

Access to the corresponding textbook ‘Sectional anatomy for imaging professionals’ (3rd ed.) by the same authors would be helpful although the information required to complete the workbook is available in a range of other textbooks.

A large selection of other readings and resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

Assessment


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

• Case-Based Discussion 40%

• Clinical Decision-Making Portfolio 35%

• MCQ, Short Answer and Image Evaluation Test 25%

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