Students will learn radiographic imaging procedures of the thorax and head, as well as the contrast enhanced procedures of the gastrointestinal and urinary systems. Focus on anatomical positioning with attention to various patient needs and abilities will be emphasized. The indications, contraindication, and safe administration of contrast media will be presented. Students will learn to critique images for diagnostic quality, as well as develop the ability to identify normal anatomical structures from common abnormal pathological processes. Students will participate in small group skill-building lab activities. (48-16-64] Lab Fee
In this course, students will move beyond the physics of how the beam is created, to explore how the image is created. Students will study the many variables that affect the creation of the image, as well as study both film/screen and digital image acquisition and processing systems. In addition, image quality factors will be addressed.
The student will participate in clinical education two days a week in the imaging department of an affiliating hospital. Under the direct supervision of a radiologic technologist and/or physician, it is expected the student will learn and achieve competency on the more advanced radiologic exams and procedures such as those of the spine and skull, those requiring contrast media enhancement, and those performed via mobile imaging methods. Emphasis will be placed on patient safety and comfort while professional values, attitudes, and behaviors are facilitated. Lab Fee
The student will participate in clinical education four days a week in the imaging department of an affiliating hospital. With the intensive four-day schedule, it is expected that under direct supervision of a radiologic technologist and/or physician, the student will have an opportunity to learn and achieve competency on exams and procedures they have yet to experience in the program, while continuing to practice and "fine-tune" already established skills. Computed tomography (CT) observation opportunity may be provided. Emphasis will be placed on patient safety and comfort while professional values, attitudes, and behaviors are facilitated.
This course explores pathologic indications and imaging methods for trauma, mobile and surgical examinations. Critical thinking skills are encouraged as students analyze challenges often presented and determine safe and effective approaches to this type of imaging. Also provided is an introduction to computed tomography (CT) imaging. Students will examine basic CT concepts, compare CT to other imaging modalities as a means of diagnosis, and study exams most commonly performed. Also presented in the course is a brief overview of some less commonly performed exams in the imaging department such as arthrography, myelography, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and others.
In this course, students will focus on image quality through an in-depth study of influencing factors. A diagnostic problem-solving approach to image analysis will be presented with emphasis on forming accurate and predictable corrective action plans. In addition, students will compare and contrast basic features and functions of specialized imaging equipment with those of the conventional x-ray unit. Lab Fee
The student will participate in clinical education three days a week in the imaging department of an affiliating hospital different from the hospital they have been assigned to thus far in the program. This change in clinical assignment will allow the student to learn in a new environment resulting in an opportunity to increase clinical skills, critical thinking ability, and self-confidence. Under direct supervision of a radiologic technologist and /or physician, it is expected the student will learn new ways to accomplish exams already mastered, while continuing to learn and achieve competency in more advanced radiologic exams and procedures. Emphasis will be placed on patient safety and comfort while professional values, attitudes and behaviors are facilitated. Lab Fee
This course is intended to identify and justify the need to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure to humans. Students will review the principles of cellular biology and identify the sources of electromagnetic and particulate radiations. They will learn about radio sensitivity and the effects of ionizing radiation on human cells, tissues and organs. Radiation units of measurement, as well as dose limits for both the public and the occupational worker will be presented. Students will learn how as radiologic technologists, they can employ various means to produce high quality diagnostic images at a dose as low as reasonably achievable.
This course presents an introduction of human anatomy from the transverse, sagittal and coronal planes, providing the student an understanding of anatomy in three dimensions. The course is designed for the second-year radiography student as a means to enhance their ability to visualize the appearance and the relationships of anatomical structures in the planar sections. This ability will aid the student with patient positioning skills to accurately demonstrate structures on traditional diagnostic images, as well as a better understanding of anatomy as demonstrated through the sectional imaging modalities of CT and MRI.
This course is the capstone course for the program. It includes student projects, guest speaker presentations, and preparation for the certification exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) completed upon graduation. Lab Fee