The Discipline of Medical Imaging is headed by Professor Alan Coulthard and encompasses research and teaching in medical imaging - the study of the techniques and processes used to create images of the human body for the purpose of patient diagnosis and management. The Discipline provides a range of teaching and research opportunities for MBBS students, Interns, postgraduate students and current or prospective Radiology Registrars. 

Location and facilities

The Discipline's teaching activities take place in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Students also attend the Department of Medical Imaging during medicine and surgery rotations.

Elective placements

Elective placements are available at the Princess Alexandra and Royal Brisbane & Women's, Nambour, Greenslopes, and Caboolture Hospitals.  These students receive a more comprehensive and structured teaching program and may undertake a small audit or research project.

Intern electives

First and second year Interns have the opportunity to work in the Department of Medical Imaging at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital as an accredited elective.

Teaching activities

Seminars are given by Radiology Registrars or Consultants on a range of diagnostic and interventional radiological topics. 

Our teaching activities aim to help junior doctors gain basic understanding of the processes in place for requesting imaging for their patients and what occurs behind the scenes. Participation in the elective includes spending a total of one week in the Department of Nuclear Medicine, and interactive online education in the following areas:

  • Brain Intervention Techniques
  • Contrast Media & Treatment of Reactions
  • CT Basics
  • Drugs Needed in Medical Imaging
  • Interpreting Chest X-Ray
  • MRI Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Subarachnoid Haemorrhage
  • Treatment Monitoring in Oncology
  • Vascular Access Procedures

Research activities

  • PhD: The relationship of arterial stiffness and resistance to white matter hyperintensity distributions in aging women: the LAW Blood Flow and Brain Study
  • PhD: Development of Novel MRI Biomarkers for the early detection of tumour recurrence from treatment induced brain injury
  • PhD: MDCT: Objective image quality criteria for the detection of liver lesions
  • Assessment of cervical cord injury using diffusion tensor tractography (DTT)
  • Comparison of manual tumour measurement according to RECIST criteria with volumetric automated measurement
  • Delayed in-stent thrombosis associated with Enterprise stent-assisted coiling of intracranial aneurysms - lessons in patient selection and suitability for stent-assisted procedures
  • Endovascular management of ruptured aneurysms
  • Improved diagnostic imaging for the assessment of neuro-oncology therapy
  • Measuring disease of upper and lower motor neurons in ALS
  • Platelet inhibition for patients undergoing Interventional Neuroradiology procedures
  • Quality Assurance Study: The prevalence of azygos arch valves and valve insufficiency at Computed Tomography Coronary Angiography (CTCA)
  • Quantitation of injury to the blood brain barrier associated with head trauma
  • Retrospective audit of Computer Tomography (CT)-guided lung biopsies
  • Retrospective review of Angioseal and StarClose vascular closure device systems used following interventional neuroradiology procedures