The Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences is one of the 6 Departments comprising the School of Primary and Allied Health Care.
Since its foundation in 1998, the Department has offered a number of accredited and qualifying programs within medical radiations. These include the four year Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Hons), an articulated Graduate Entry Master of Medical Ultrasound and a Graduate Entry Master of Radiation Therapy. All of its courses are characterised by an emphasis upon bridging the theory - practice gap and graduating practitioners able to deliver patient centred services from an evidence based perspective.
The courses that lead to registration by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia provide students with a range of on-campus simulated and immersive experiential opportunities to facilitate effective clinical learning during their off - campus clinical rotations. The radiography skills' laboratory mimics a working radiology department with its patient waiting area, changing rooms, computer terminals, and x-ray rooms. Two rooms are fitted with x-ray systems and radiographic anthropomorphic phantoms. The third room hosts a C-arm fluoroscopy system and a mobile x-ray unit. The facility also houses an AGFA Computed Radiography (CR) and a Siemens Digital Radiography (DR) system for acquiring, processing and post processing x-ray images. The computing area features a clinical quality Siemens Enterprise Advanced Visualization Syngo.via system to enable whole cohorts of students to simultaneously visualise and interact with full body multiplanar CT and MRI image data sets. Additional simulation software enables students to practise obtaining images with correct exposure under differing conditions and to minimise patient radiation dose. Senior students interact with the University of Sydney's NetRAD facility which allows them to develop a range of pre-placement skills in CT: http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/netrad/
The medical ultrasound laboratory is equipped with two patient scanning bays and a separate area for scanning small animals. The laboratory has been designed to simulate the clinical setting and facilitate the development of abdominal scanning skills through hands-on practical training with sonographer supervision for our radiography students. The laboratory is also used for ultrasound related research projects, including the development of ultrasound contrast media and nanoparticle development.
Master of Radiation Therapy students, who are also located in a number of different states, are prepared for engagement in clinical practice using a multitude of online educational technologies, such as online interactive video conferences, a cloud based radiation therapy treatment planning system and simulated learning environment.
The Master of Medical Ultrasound (MMU) program is delivered online, in the workplace and designed to facilitate the development of clinical practice and research skills that are required for appropriately qualified health professionals to become accredited medical sonographers.
The Department also delivers an innovative Bachelor of Radiation Sciences course that primarily aims to articulate graduates into the Master of Radiation Therapy. Given it introduces students to all elements of medical radiations including health informatics it is anticipated that other career opportunities will open up for graduates within the broader health sector and the medical imaging industry.
The Department has made a commitment to the ongoing professional development of registered radiographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists. We offer a variety of advanced practice pathways via the Master of Advanced Health Care Practice. Please visit www.monash.edu/pubs/2018handbooks/courses/M6001.html for more information. Additionally graduates from our Bachelor of Radiography and Medical Imaging (Hons) can embark upon a career in forensic medical science in the Master of Forensic Medicine: www.monash.edu/pubs/2018handbooks/courses/M6009.html
The staff in the Department are actively involved in both clinical, educational and laboratory based research and collaborate with many scientific institutions and clinical centres across Australia and overseas. These activities afford graduates from our courses and other suitably qualified medical radiations' practitioners with a research track record the opportunity to apply for enrolment in either a research based Master of Philosophy or a PhD program through the Department. For more information please visit our research webpage.