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ANAT3010: Anatomical Imaging: From Micro to Macro

2021 unit information

This unit provides an opportunity for you to gain theoretical and practical understanding of fundamental and state of the art anatomical imaging techniques. Module 1 examines the theory, principles and practice of microscopy, in which you will gain a deeper understanding of the techniques used to describe the detailed organisation of biological tissues. Module 2 investigates X-ray imaging, CT scanning, MRIs, ultrasound and PET scans. Emphasis is placed in the first two modules on developing your ability to analyse images, compare and describe the advantages and disadvantages of each technique and to hypothesise how these techniques can be used to solve research and clinical questions. Module 3 explores the specific uses of these imaging technologies in the fields of neuroscience, cardiology, forensic osteology, pathology and surgery. You will apply the understanding gained in modules 1 and 2 to specific research and clinical studies. This integrated approach to learning will give you a broader perspective and understanding of the importance and impact of anatomical imaging. The unit provides a basis for further studies in fields such as neuroscience, or forensic science or in postgraduate medicine, allied health or in areas of research requiring knowledge of imaging techniques.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Department of Medical Sciences

Code ANAT3010
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
12cp from [ANAT2008 or (ANAT2010 or ANAT2910) or (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) or (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906) or (PHSI2007 or PHSI2907 or MEDS2001) or (PHSI2008 or PHSI2908) or MEDS2002 or MEDS2003 or MEDS2004 or MEDS2005 or (PSYC2010 or PSYC2910) or (PSYC2011 or PSYC2911) or PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 or PSYC2015 or (BIOL2021 or BIOL2921) or (BIOL2022 or BIOL2922) or (BIOL2024 or BIOL2924) or (BIOL2030 or BIOL2930) or (BIOL2031 or BIOL2931) or (BMED2401 and BMED2402)
EMHU3001 or EMHU3002
Assumed knowledge:
(BIOL1006 or BIOL1906 or BIOL1996) or (BIOL1007 or BIOL1907 or BIOL1997) or (BIOL1008 or BIOL1908 or BIOL1998 or MEDS1X01) or (BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe, illustrate and discuss with reference to both theory and practice the strengths and limitations of a broad range of microscopic techniques and their associated tissue preparation requirements
  • LO2. apply theoretical and practical knowledge to using qualitative and quantitative analyses, in microscopy
  • LO3. describe, illustrate and discuss with reference to both theory and practice the strengths and limitations of X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasound scanning and PET and describe the uses of each technique in structural and functional imaging
  • LO4. work autonomously and independently, and in small groups, to critically analyze published scientific research exploring anatomical imaging techniques used as diagnostic tools and show in written presentations for specialist, generalist and lay audiences how various problems may be stated, understood or solved
  • LO5. understand and appreciate the scientific methods and the range of anatomical imaging techniques available to conduct scientific enquiry, assess which anatomical imaging techniques would be the most appropriate to solve provided case studies and evaluate the usefulness of each imaging technique when answering different scientific questions, assessing the advantages and disadvantages of each technique
  • LO6. appreciate and appraise the place of anatomical imaging investigations in neuroscience, cardiology, osteology, pathology, and surgery and their impact in the community and society, their medical, educational, social and global importance, their potential, their uses and possible abuses
  • LO7. understand, articulate and value the unique privilege of learning about the structure and function of the human body through the gift of body donation and anatomical modelling and to show an understanding of the framework in which people may donate their remains and the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities that this entails
  • LO8. take responsibility for learning, including time management, and work independently as well as within a group
  • LO9. search for and integrate information derived from a number of sources (scientific journals, books, libraries, internet, databases) to appraise currently available information and resolve problems.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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