Radiology for Physiotherapists

Subject RADI90001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Feb-2015 to 10-Feb-2015
Assessment Period End 29-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Feb-2015
Census Date 27-Feb-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 17-Apr-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: To be advised
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:



Dr Guy Zito


Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Level 7, 161 Barry st

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 4171

F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.
  • Written assignment 1 – 1500 words due Week 9 (20%)
  • Written assignment 2 – 2000 words due Week 16 (25%)
  • Case presentation (5 min) during the course week (5%)
  • 1 hr multi-station written radiology exam (50%) (Week 10)
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): Doctor of Clinical Physiotherapy
Master of Physiotherapy

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