HMI404 - Advanced Modalities


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Semester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H309

All of HMI401 and HMI402



Incompatible with: HMI405, HMI406
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

A minimum of 240 hours over the semester undertaking teaching, learning and assessment activities


This unit incorporates in depth study on the design, clinical applications and research potentials of the following highly specialised imaging modalities:

Computed Tomography (CT)

Advances in the design and software engineering of computed tomography systems over the last ten years have extended the scope of application of this modality in patient management. The unit considers all aspects of modern CT practice with regard to equipment design, advanced principles of data acquisition and data display systems, and overall applications of multi slice, sequential, spiral, helical and electron beam CT systems.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This specialisation offers an advanced consideration and critical review of the essential principles of both structural and functional acquisition sequence designs commonly used in Magnetic resonance studies. The unit will consider both clinical and research approaches that adopt and integrate MR sequencing in their respective methodologies and protocol designs.

The unit offers a critical review of the design principles and scope of application of the MR modality in functional studies in general with specific reference to the brain and the various sequences and data sequencing analysis approaches designed for vascular and perfusion studies and MR spectroscopy.

Molecular Imaging

This specialisation explores the emergent and expanding field of molecular imaging and is designed to offer a foundation for informed clinical and research based contributions with regard to the specialised modalities that contribute to research designs and molecular imaging.

These modalities include PET, SPECT, CT, MRI, 4D (U) ultrasound and synchrotron imaging. The unit will consider the principles and applications of hybrid imaging technologies in the assessment of biological activity in the body at the molecular level including oncology, neurological and cardiovascular diseases. Recent innovations and developments in imaging technology, radio pharmacy (molecular probes), and image-guided therapy will be considered alongside their respective applications in clinical and research.

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