Radiology for Physiotherapists

Subject RADI90001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lectures, workshops and tutorials

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject will run in block mode between Wed 15 Feb – Wed 22 Feb 2012 (5 full working days). 36 hours of lectures and workshops.
Total Time Commitment:

36 hours of lectures, workshops presented in block mode over 1 week. Students are expected to undertake approximately 72 hours of self directed learning in this subject





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Dr Guy Zito

Subject Overview:

NOTE: This subject will run in block mode between Wed 15 Feb – Wed 22 Feb 2012 (5 full working days).

This subject builds on the student's knowledge in radiology, particularly as it applies to the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. The student will be able to explore normal and pathological findings as displayed by a variety of imaging modalities including x-ray, CT scans, MRI and US imaging. They will also have a better appreciation of when to use imaging, which imaging modality to use and when onward referral to another clinician may be more appropriate.


The subject aims to provide students with the ability to:

  • Compare and contrast imaging modalities available for the investigation of musculoskeletal problems.
  • Justify their choice of imaging modality for clinical problems commonly encountered in musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice
  • Critically appraise the radiology literature and apply evidence-based knowledge about radiology investigations into clinical practice.
  • Analyse images to facilitate diagnosis of common musculoskeletal conditions, based on their imaging findings.
  • Better integrate radiology findings into clinical practice.

  • Assignment 1, 2000 words (40% of total mark) due at end of semester
  • Case presentation, (5 min) during the course week (10% of total mark)
  • Assignment 2, 1500 words (30% of total mark) due week 11 of semester 1
  • 1 hour multi-station written radiology exam (20% of total mark) on the last day of the course
Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

ANDERSON, J, & READ, JW. (2008). Atlas Imaging in Sports Medicine. 2nd edn. McGraw Hill, Sydney

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The subject aims to enable students to:

  • Further develop problem solving skills in clinical practice
  • Use advanced interdisciplinary communication skills
  • Evaluate and critique relevant medical literature
  • Develop reflective skills.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Physiotherapy (General) CW

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