Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 717 – CT Clinical Applications

15 Points

Next offered in Semester 2, 2020



This course addresses normal and abnormal Computed Tomography (CT) imaging appearances, protocol selection and modification, and application to clinical practice.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to cultivate a critically questioning approach to CT 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 CT 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 CT imaging appearances of the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
  2. Make informed clinical judgements with regard to the selection of imaging protocols and technical parameters in relation to the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
  3. Assess current clinical protocols for specific pathologies of the head, thorax, abdomen and pelvis, suggesting and justifying possible modifications.
  4. Critically evaluate a range of both standard and specialised CT 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 710 is recommended, although not required.

Restriction: CLINIMAG 707

This course is a compulsory course within the PGCertHSc (Medical Imaging – CT pathway) programme.

Students enrolled in the PGDipHSc/PGCertHSc (Medical Imaging) programmes may choose this course to contribute 15 points towards the MEDIMAGE/CLINIMAG point requirements.

Students from the PGDipHSc(MRI) and PGCertHSc (Mammography) programmes may choose this course as an elective.

All Medical Imaging Technologists and students admitted to any one of the above programmes are eligible for direct entry to this 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 CT department is highly recommended.

Course delivery and workload

The 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 CT clinical practice (30 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (20 hours)
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


The required textbooks for this course are:

CLINIMAG 717 CT Clinical Applications 2018

CT teaching manual: a systematic approach to CT reading (4th ed.)

Matthias Hofer

Stuttgart: Thieme c2010

In addition, students will be required to purchase a copy of the following book:

CLINIMAG 717 CT Clinical Applications 2018 1

‘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.


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:

  • Clinical Decision-Making Portfolio 50%
  • Written Question 30%
  • MCQ and Image Evaluation Test 20%

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