MEDSCI 742 : Anatomy for Medical Imaging

Medical and Health Sciences

2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Study of clinical and radiographic human anatomy, as demonstrated by current imaging techniques. Topics include: developmental anatomy, surface anatomy, functional anatomy and cross sectional anatomy. Emphasis is placed on normal variants and range of normality, and how to give a structured account of anatomy in relation to image analysis and identification.

Course Overview

This course is designed for radiology registrars/ final year medical students (interested in Radiology) to enhance their knowledge of radiologic anatomy. This course covers the entire body (Head & Neck, Trunk and limbs) and is taught based on recommended reference textbooks by the Royal Australasian College of Radiology. It consists of weekly lecture and lab.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: University

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Radiologic Human Anatomy (Capability 1, 4 and 5)
  2. Apply their anatomy knowledge in radiology settings (Capability 1, 4 and 5)
  3. Analyse their knowledge in clinical and radiologic practice (Capability 2 and 3)
  4. Describe and explain clinically relevant radiologic anatomy (Capability 5)
  5. Critically analyse the current literature (Capability 1, 2 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 50% Individual Coursework
Assignments 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Learning Resources

Recent Gray's Anatomy Textbook (42nd Ed, Standring et al)
Last's Anatomy (Revised 9th Ed, 2019, Mirjalili et al)

Course Contacts

S. Ali Mirjalili MD., PhD., PGDipSurgAnat, PGCertCPU, PGDipSci
Senior lecturer, Anatomy and Medical Imaging Department, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
Telephone: +64-9-3737599 Ext: 87487
Building 502, Floor 1, Room 185, 85 Park Rd, Grafton, Auckland

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 15 hours of lectures, a 30 hour lab (Human Anatomy Lab), 15 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 10 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.