Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sectional Anatomy 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Imaging methods are extensively used to display normal and abnormal anatomy. The ability to demonstrate the soft tissues, and internal organs by using the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) have facilitated the understanding of the link between anatomy as shown in the dissecting room and that necessary for clinical practice.

In order to plan treatment knowledge of sectional anatomy is essential. This is also required when delivering radiotherapy treatment.

This study-unit will enable students to gain knowledge of sectional anatomy for the regions of the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to teach the student to understand the anatomicial relationships and recognise structures and pathologies on sectional images.

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

- Relate anatomy while providing a guide for the interpretation of imaging and treatment planning.
- Apply the knowledge and understanding of sectional anatomy to imaging, radiotherapy treatment planning and delivery of care.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Know the anatomy in the different planes of the body - the thorax, abdomen and pelvis;
- Recognise the structures and pathologies as they are demonstrated in sectional anatomy;
- Apply this knowledge to medical imaging, treatment planning and delivery of radiotherapy.

2. Skills:

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

- Recognise structures, pathologies and diseases related to sectional anatomy;
- Deliver appropriate treatment and care to the patient;
- Plan treatment;
- Apply the acquired knowledge in medical imaging and radiotherapy study-units.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bridge, P. T.,D. (2011). CT anatomy for radiotherapy. Cumbria: M&K Update Ltd.
- Radiotherapy and Oncology Group. (2016). Counouring atlases. Retrieved from
- Weir J & Abrahams P H, (2010), An Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy 4th Ed, Elsevior.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Ind Study, Lecture, Tutorial & Demonstrations

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Computer-based Examination SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Ernest Azzopardi
Christian Zammit

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