Teaching and learning support
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.