Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science
CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and professional skills necessary to practise as a qualified medical radiation scientist.
There is an increasing demand for highly educated and adaptable medical radiation science professionals in response to the aging population and organic growth of the industry (medical imaging, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine). There has also been an evolution in the medical radiation sciences to a more integrative model where the boundaries between one discipline and the next are increasingly less defined. CSU's Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science is designed to anticipate industry demands and is in a unique position to offer graduates a competitive advantage in the employment market.
The equipment used by medical radiation scientists has become increasingly sophisticated in the past decade and a comprehensive knowledge of equipment function, operation and computer interfacing is required. With an emphasis on the techniques and equipment used in diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and in other imaging modalities (such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET)), this course will provide a rewarding and fulfilling career for people interested in a technically-oriented healthcare field.
Students at Port Macquarie Campus can study the Medical Imaging specialisation only.
This course offers the following specialisations:
The field of medical imaging, also known as diagnostic radiography, demands a high degree of academic study, as well as clinical expertise in routine and advanced medical imaging procedures. As a radiographer, you will be concerned with producing high-quality medical images of the human body for medical diagnosis through the operation of specialist equipment, such as administering ionising radiation (x-rays), or MRI pulses to the patient. You will also be responsible for the care and welfare of your patients and will seek to minimise their radiation exposure.
The nuclear medicine scientist/technologist enjoys a challenging and varied career working in public or private nuclear medicine practices. The training undertaken in this course involves biological tracers (radiopharmaceuticals) that are used for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. This specialisation details the administration and imaging of these radiopharmaceuticals within the patient to detect physiological abnormalities and deliver appropriate treatment. This specialisation requires formal training and education in clinical, instrumentation and computing aspects of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), PET, CT, MRI, ultrasound and newer hybrid systems (SPECT/CT and PET/CT).