Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ANA1023

 
TITLE Anatomy of the Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Anatomy

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines the structure and arrangement of organs in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic regions of the human body. Bone and bone formation is also explained. The connections and relationships between the various organs in each of these regions are explained during this study unit as well as the relevance to professional practice in radiography. Abnormal structure and arrangements of organs in these regions are also considered as part of a problem solving approach to understanding the relationships between organs.

Study-unit Aims

On completion of this study-unit students should be able to:

1. Identify organs and structures in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis;
2. Understand the relationship between structures within the thorax, abdomen and pelvis;
3. Locate or determine on the body surface the position of these organs and structures;
4. Recognise surface anatomical features and relate them to sectional and radiographic anatomy;
5. Describe the regional anatomy of the chest, abdomen and pelvis;
6. Identify and label reasonably detailed diagrams and photographs of anatomical structure and sectional anatomy;
7. Identify surface anatomical features on the human model;
8. Apply knowledge to clinical scenarios relevant to the radiography profession.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify organs and structures in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis;
2. Understand the relationship between structures within the thorax, abdomen and pelvis;
3. Locate or determine on the body surface the position of these organs and structures;
4. Recognise surface anatomical features and relate them to sectional and radiographic anatomy;
5. Describe the regional anatomy of the chest, abdomen and pelvis;
6. Identify and label reasonably detailed diagrams and photographs of anatomical structure and sectional anatomy;
7. Identify surface anatomical features on the human model.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic anatomy to the radiography clinical setting;
2. Demonstrate a good understanding of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic anatomy when positioning patients for radiographic imaging of these areas;
3. Demonstrate a good understanding of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic anatomy when evaluating radiographs;
4. Apply knowledge to recognize normal anatomy and anomalies of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis on images. By the end of the study-unit students should be able to know the normal anatomy and recognise abnormalities (pattern recognition) at this stage. Pathologies are dealt with at a later stage in the course programme.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Abrahams P et al (2007) Mc Minn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy
Gunn C (2007) Bones and Joints: A guide for students
Kelly LL (2007) Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals
Logan BM (2009) Human Sectional Anatomy: Atlas of Body Sections, CT and MR Imaging
Snell R S (2007) Clinical Anatomy by Regions
Tortora GJ & Anagnostakos (2008) Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
Weir J et al (2003) Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Nicoletta Riva

 
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