New X-ray facility gives students industry-leading edge

The medical radiation suite at RMIT’s Bundoora West site has been given a state-of-the-art facelift with the addition of three new Siemens X-ray machines.

The old medical radiation suite had provided Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) with hands-on practice for 30 years, but the launch of the refurbishment on Friday 3 May has brought the suite to the forefront of industry standards.  

Medical Radiations Discipline Leader Mary-Ann Carmichael said the refurbishment enhances the students’ ability to translate their hands-on learning when they enter industry.

“Experience in simulated medical imaging suites, as well as clinical placements in hospitals environments, are vital for students to obtain the skills for a career in radiography,” she said.

“The new facility will transform the student experience as they can practice on equipment that is widely used in clinical centres around Victoria.

“They can develop clinical skills and get very familiar with the imaging equipment prior to starting placement in industry.”

The new facility will transform the student experience as they can practice on equipment that is widely used in clinical centres around Victoria.

Medical Radiations student Chelsea Li said hands-on experience was fundamental in preparing for clinical placements.

“Access to amazing medical imaging labs with equipment ranging from x-ray tables to human dummies to practice on, in conjunction with the in-depth lectures, has helped me build clinical skills and knowledge,” she said.

Medical imaging is used by health practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and in monitoring response to treatment.

Students learn using replicas of human body parts with mock wounds that show up when a scan is performed, called phantoms. These are analysed and diagnosed using Siemens Syngo Via image processing software which allows students to see and critique their images it occurs in clinical practice.

 

Story: Aeden Ratcliffe and Jasmijn van Houten

24 May 2019

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24 May 2019

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