School of Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

Anatomy & Physiology studies the human anatomy and its functions, including the systems of the body, detailed topographic anatomy, and landmarks used in positioning.

Clinical Education I-IV is a continuous process beginning with supervised correlation of theory and actual performance of examinations to unassisted performance and decision-making in a variety of situations. Clinical rotation guidelines assist the student as they progress from area to area. Regular evaluations are an integral part of this process.

Critical Thinking develops research and problem-solving skills that can be applied to decision-making in professional and radiographic clinical situations.

Cross-Sectional Anatomy
briefly reviews human structure and function. Body cavity contents and their relationships are emphasized. CT and MRI films are used to determine structure location and body depth.

Ethics & Law provides a foundation for understanding the medicolegal issues relating to radiography, ethical theories, legal definitions, malpractice litigation, negligence, and patient rights. The profession’s Code of Ethics is reviewed with short case histories developed to assist the student in applying the principles of law to real
work situations.

Imaging I, II, and Film Critique introduce students to the essential controls of a X-ray generator, the controlling factors of exposure principles and film processing. Lectures, demonstrations, and experiments in film critique and analysis relevant to size and shape distortion, visibility recorded detail, density and contrast are examined. Emphasis is placed on practical applications of basic laws and theories in problem-solving situations in the production of quality radiographs.

Pathology discusses medical/surgical diseases with diagnostic evaluation and treatment. The impact of disease and pathology is explored in patient evaluation and performance of various radiographic procedures.

Patient Care & Management encompasses patient communication, medical asepsis, vital signs, body mechanics, medical emergencies, isolation techniques, and other subjects pertinent to the care and examination of the patient.

Pharmacology examines different types of contrast agents used in radiography, their pharmacology, and routes of administration. Adverse reactions, drug interaction, preventive measures and emergency medications are discussed.

Quality Assurance introduces the evaluation procedures necessary for radiographic systems to assure consistency in the production of quality images. State and federal impacts are described.

Radiation Biology relates the physical and biologic effects of irradiation to human life and environment. Interactions of x-rays and matter are studied in depth.

Radiation Physics I & II describes electricity, magnetism, electric motors and generators, x-ray circuitry, rectification, and accessory equipment. Energy concepts, the structure of matter, and x-ray emission are also explained. Image intensification, television monitors, recording media, and digital systems are explained. Fundamental principles of computer technology, and their applications in radiology, are also presented. Computed Tomography is included.

Radiation Protection investigates detection and measuring radiation, occupational and general public dose equivalent limits, methods for minimizing exposure to patient self and others, and application of federal and state regulations.

Radiographic Positioning I-IV includes all common and supplementary positioning procedures which demonstrate thoracic and abdominal contents, contrast studies, upper and lower extremities, vertebral column, and skull. The study of different body habiti and its impact on positioning skills is surveyed. All supplementary and unusual positioning techniques are reviewed.

Research Projects consists of individual research on a paper and preparation of a scientific exhibit pertaining to any phase of radiology. These projects are entered into competition at the Annual State Conference. All imaging modalities will be considered and reviewed for future development.

Special Procedures I and II involve lectures and practice in specialized procedures and cardiovascular-interventional technology. The course outlines positioning, supplies, precautions, and patient care during these procedures.