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RAD 172 - Medical Imaging Technology I

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Introduction to the principles of x-ray production. Includes matter and the atom, mass and energy; electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism; x-ray tubes, x-ray generators, diagnostic x-ray systems, ALARA guidelines and practices, and the prime factors.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 201IN , RAD 170  and RAD 170LB .
Corequisite(s): RAD 171 , RAD 171LB , RAD 172LB , RAD 173LC  
Information: Consent of program director is required before enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the concepts of the atom, matter, mass, and energy.
  2. Discuss the principles of electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism and calculate mathematical problems related to each.
  3. Describe the component and operation of the x-ray tube and x-ray generators and calculate mathematical problems related to each. 
  4. Discuss the types of x-ray systems in modern imaging departments.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe the characteristics of matter and energy.
  2. Identify the various forms of energy.
  3. Define electromagnetic radiation and specifically ionizing radiation.
  4. State the relative intensity of ionizing radiation from various sources.
  5. Relate the accidental discovery of x-rays by Roentgen.
  6. Discuss examples of human injury caused by radiation.
  7. List the concepts of basic radiation protection.
  8. Discuss the derivation of scientific systems of measurements.
  9. List the three systems of measurement.
  10. Identify nine categories of mechanics.
  11. List and define units of radiation and radioactivity.
  12. Review mathematics for radiologic science.
  13. Identify the structure of the atom and electron binding energy.
  14. Explain the difference between two forms of ionizing radiation: particulate and Electromagnatic.
  15. Discuss half-life and radioactivity.
  16. Discuss the electromagnetic spectrum.
  17. Describe the difference between Frequency and Wavelength.
  18. Describe and compute math problems for Inverse Square Law.
  19. Properties of matter and energy.
  20. Define types of electric circuits.
  21. Compute math problems for OHM’s law and Power formula.
  22. Relate the experiments of Oersted, Lenz, and Faraday in defining the relationships between electricity and magnetism.
  23. Explain the operation of the high-voltage generator, including the Filament Transformer and the rectifiers.
  24. Relate the important differences among single-phase, three-phase, and high-frequency power.
  25. Explain how the different types of transformers work.
  26. Discuss the different types of generators and how they work.
  27. Describe the general design of and x-ray tube.
  28. Define actual and effective focal spots.
  29. Define and draw a representation of the Line Focus Principal.
  30. Define Bucky/Grid Factor and be able to compute math problems.
  31. Describe how added beam filtration effects density and contrast.
  32. Explain the types of Compensating filters and when to use them.

  1. Matter and the Atom, Mass, and Energy
  2. Electricity, Magnetism, and Electromagnetism
  3. The X-Ray Tube
  4. X-Ray Generators
  5. Diagnostic X-Ray Systems
  6. ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) Guidelines and Practices
  7. The Prime Factors

Effective Term:
Spring 2020

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