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MEIM403 Radiodiagnosis of Head, Neck and Musculoskeletal System

Provides advanced knowledge to enable image evaluation of the head, neck and musculoskeletal system across multiple modalities with systematic, critical approach.

Please note that the PGDipMI will not be offered in 2019.

Paper title Radiodiagnosis of Head, Neck and Musculoskeletal System
Paper code MEIM403
Subject Medical Imaging
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,400.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,934.75

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MEIM 401
Limited to
Limited to: PGCertMI, PGDipMI
Includes a compulsory five-day on-campus block course in Christchurch.
Applicants must have an appropriate undergraduate qualification (Bachelor of Medical Imaging) or a comparable Health Sciences undergraduate qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study (e.g. Bachelor of Radiation Therapy).
Teaching staff
Course Convener: Dr Alex McHaffie
Paper Structure
This paper is organised as a lecture, discussion and reading programme.
Teaching Arrangements
To be advised


  • Anatomy: Moore KL, Dalley AF, Agur AMR. Clinically oriented anatomy. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2013. ISBN-13: 9781451119459
  • Embryology: Moore KL, Persaud TVN, Torchia MG. Before we are born: Essentials of embryology and birth defects. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2012. ISBN-13: 9781437720013
  • Pathology: Cross, SS. Underwood's pathology: A clinical approach. 6th ed. London: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2013. ISBN-13: 9780702046728
  • Lisle, David A.. Imaging for Students Fourth Edition, Chapman and Hall/CRC, 2012. (e-book held by University of Otago Library)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
At completion students will be able to:
  1. Critically examine approaches for the selection of suitable imaging modalities as part of the patient's care pathway
  2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of anatomy for the selected anatomical systems and explain common pathologies and their risk factors and symptoms
  3. Evaluate the clinical course of a selected pathology and compared images from a choice of imaging modalities
  4. Illustrate an enhanced ability to analyse medical images logically, consider different diagnostic and management pathways with other clinicians, make informed decisions regarding patient care and personalised imaging
  5. Illustrate enhanced ability to communicate information, arguments and analyses effectively, orally and in writing, to a range of health care professionals
  6. Have a commitment to ongoing acquisition of new knowledge and new skills
  7. Display enhanced ability to apply specific skills in acquiring, organising, analysing, evaluating and presenting imaging and clinical information, in particular recognising increased prominence of digital-based activity
  8. Appreciate biculturalism within the framework of the Treaty of Waitangi; acquire knowledge and appreciation of multiculturalism and ability to apply such knowledge in a culturally appropriate manner
  9. Critically analyse common medical ethical theories and ethical standards and display an ability to apply these with a sense of responsibility within the work place and community

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system