Introduction to Radiography
An overview of radiography, its history, and its relationship to other health care services including the organization of the hospital and the radiology department. Available career opportunities and the medical imaging modalities are presented. Basic radiation protection procedures required for safe use of ionizing radiation are emphasized as well as professional adjustment and ethical issues.
Introduction to Patient Care & Pharmacology
The presentation of patient care and procedures for general care of patients in radiography and other imaging modalities including the discussion of patients with special needs. A study of aseptic technique, venipuncture technique, contrast medias and the procedures utilizing contrast medias. Basic information of current drug therapy is discussed. An online medical terminology course is included.
Radiogaphic Anatomy & Procedures I, II, III, IV
|RadT 120, 121, 122, 223
A presentation of positioning terminology followed by a study of various radiographic procedures for patients age categories. Emphasis is on general and fluoroscopic radiographic examinations with surgical, pediatric, trauma, and mobile radiography. Cross sectional anatomy is presented. Includes laboratory demonstration, practice and competency based examinations of material presented in the classroom.
Clinical Radiography I, II, III, IV, V, VI
|RadT 150, 151, 152, 250, 251, 252
Clinical experience of radiographic procedures in the general, fluoroscopic, surgical and mobile areas as well as rotations through the various imaging modalities. The clinical rotations reflect the information presented in the classroom and allows the student to put to practice the theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom. Clinical assignments include laboratory practice, laboratory competencies, clinical competencies, radiographic critique sessions and professional journal articles.
Radiation Biology & Protection
A study of the sources of radiation, the quantities and units in measuring and detecting radiation, the basic interaction of radiation with matter and the biological effects of ionizing radiation. The need for radiation protection and the methods for protecting the patient and personnel are discussed.
Medical Imaging I, II, III, IV
|RadT 161, 171, 272, 273
A review of basic mathematical principles followed by a study of the prime factors affecting the quality of the radiographic image. The basic principles of mechanics, structure of matter, electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetism and rectification is presented.The study of the chemistry of radiographic film and film processing, departmental design as related to processing and radiographic artifacts. The properties of x-rays, x-ray tubes and equipment, x-ray circuitry, the production of radiation and its interaction with matter are discussed in detail. The presentation of the factors affecting image quality and how to manipulate these factors to produce the best radiographic image. The design, operation and function of the various imaging systems in radiography and medical imaging are presented in depth. Includes the use of computers in medical imaging procedures. The study of the quality assurance and control procedures and requirements in medical imaging are presented.
A study of the nature and etiology of disease, the changes that occur through disease and trauma and the conditions of illness particular to the various body systems with correlation to the radiographic image.
Independent Research Project
The student has the opportunity to investigate a modality or a medical imaging issue in depth. Methods to research aspects of medical imaging are discussed to assist with a written research paper which will be presented in class. May include some additional clinical experience.
This course gives the student the opportunity to pull together all the knowledge and experiences acquired over the previous eighteen months. Opportunity for growth and career development is discussed along with continued education. Registration, licensure and certification requirements of the radiographer are presented in detail.