RADI 6001 Pathophysiology in Diagnostic Ultrasound

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Paul Stoodley Opens in new window

Description This subject will develop a student’s understanding of the abnormal anatomical features and pathophysiological processes that underpin frequently encountered diseases within both the Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in ultrasound practice. Common congenital, genetic and acquired diseases, alongside biofeedback mechanisms controlling homeostasis will be explored. Furthermore, the roles of key pharmacological agents for disease management will be examined.

School Medicine

Discipline Radiography

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 6 subject

Pre-requisite(s) RADI 5001 - Physics for Diagnostic Ultrasound

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:

1. Common Chronic Disease
General disease
Congenital, genetic and acquired disease
1. Assess abnormal anatomical features and pathophysiological processes that underpin frequently encountered diseases in ultrasound practice.
2.  Examine the role of biofeedback mechanisms in homeostasis.
3.  Evaluate common congenital, genetic and acquired diseases
4.  Justify the benefits of key pharmacological agents and their role in disease management. 

5. Analyse healthcare outcomes in Australia between indigenous and non-indigenous populations; urban and rural/remote settings.

Subject Content

Diabetes & obesity
Pharmacology general

2. Focus Module depending on enrolled program

Module 1. Cardiac Pathophysiology
• Ischaemic Heart Disease
• Cardiomyopathies
• Principles of Heart Valve Disease
• Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Module 2: Vascular Pathophysiology 
• Coagulation and clotting pathologies
• Principles of atherosclerotic disease

Module 3: Obstetric and Gynaecological Pathophysiology
• Genetic testing in pregnancy
• Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
• Factors affecting fertility

Special Requirements

Essential equipment

Students will need a computer and internet access to use the e-learning platform.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 1 30 minutes 15 N Individual
Report 1,000 words 20 N Individual
Group Presentation 10 minutes 35 N Group
Final Exam 90 minutes 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



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