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SURG5011: Imaging Surgical Patients

This unit of study aims to introduce imaging relevant to the practice of surgery. You will learn the fundamental principles of a range of medical imaging modalities, as well as the indications and risks relevant to surgical practice. On completion of the unit, you will have a broad understanding of the role medical imaging plays in the care of surgical patients and the basic interpretation of common imaging investigations, as well as important imaging findings for common and life­threatening pathologies. New and evolving imaging techniques available for surgical patients will also be touched on.

Code SURG5011
Academic unit Surgery
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. describe the key imaging modalities, and discuss their strengths and limitations
  • LO2. explain the principles of radiation safety
  • LO3. outline the role of imaging in an acute emergency presentation
  • LO4. discuss the roles of MRI, PET, CT and angiography in brain, head and neck imaging
  • LO5. outline the role imaging plays in the diagnosis, surgical workup and postoperative monitoring for common knee, shoulder and hip conditions
  • LO6. discuss the integral role of imaging in the management of key cancer conditions including lung, liver, head and neck, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer
  • LO7. explain the use of imaging in the diagnosis, preoperative assessment, intraoperative guidance and postoperative care of common cardiovascular surgical conditions
  • LO8. outline the role cross-sectional and interventional imaging plays in the surgical treatment of common abdominal conditions.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.