Teaching and learning support
Medical Imaging students at Monash benefit from a range of teaching and learning supports, such as award winning online educational technologies, simulated learning environments (virtual and physical), anthropomorphic phantoms and access to the latest clinical standard imaging equipment and image viewing platforms.
The radiography skills' laboratory mimics a working radiology department with a patient waiting area, changing rooms, reception area, computer terminals, three x-ray rooms, imaging technologies and equipment as well as anthropomorphic phantoms. This environment allows students to get a real life feel for practice. They can practise obtaining images without fear of irradiating real patients, learning how to set correct exposure parameters under differing conditions and to minimise patient radiation dose. There are also interview rooms and a tutorial room for small group activites. Two X-ray rooms are fitted with integrated x-ray systems and modern AGFA and Siemens Digital Radiography (DR) systems. The third room hosts a C-arm fluoroscopy system (used in imaging in the operating room) and a mobile x-ray unit (used to image acutely unwell patients in the Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit and hospital wards).
Students will also have access to a clinical quality Siemens Enterprise Advanced Visualization Syngo.via system. This enables students to interact with full body multiplanar Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) data.
In addition, simulated virtual environments students to practise obtaining images without fear of irradiating real patients. Consolidating students learning about correct exposure parameters to minimise patient radiation dose.
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.
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.