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RAD 185 - Clinical Seminar

2.5 Credits, 2.5 Contact Hours
2.5 lecture periods 0 lab periods

This is a capstone course. Includes review of radiographic procedures and exams, image acquisition and evaluation, patient care, equipment operation/maintenance/quality control, radiation protection and safety, and completion of registry mock exams.

Prerequisite(s): RAD 180 , RAD 181 , and RAD 183LC .
Corequisite(s): RAD 184 , RAD 184LB , RAD 186LC  
Information: Consent of program director is required before enrolling in this course. This is a capstone course which includes review of program curriculum and instruction in applying to the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (AART) and the Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners (MRTBE). The course includes review sessions, written mock registry and multiple computerized exams.


Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate proper operation of conventional and digital radiographic/fluroscopic systems and correlate radiation safety and protection requirements.
  2. Discuss and define pertinent laws and the ARRT rules and code of ethics.
  3. Evaluate images for accurate positioning, centering, appropriate anatomy, pertinent pathology and image quality as it is applied to digital and computerized systems. 
  4. Define and calculate mathematical formulas for image production, and laws of physics, and image acquisition. 
  5. Define patient care assessment and medical emergencies best practices. 
  6. Define major components and operation of computerized and digital radiographic systems. 
  7. Calculate grid ratio, grid frequency, contrast improvement factors, bucky factor, and sensitivity.
  8. Define radiation quantity, intensity, quality, and penetration as it relates to the x-ray beam.
  9. Discuss the features of picture archiving and communication systems (PAC’S) used in hospital settings.
  10. Evaluate the radiosensitivity of tissues and organs and describe the biologic factors affecting radiation response.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Define best practices for pediatric and geriatric imaging. 
  2. Discuss and define pertinent laws and the ARRT rules and code of ethics.
  3. Evaluate images for accurate positioning, centering, appropriate anatomy, pertinent. pathology and image quality as it is applied to digital and computerized systems. 
  4. Define and calculate mathematical formulas for image production, and laws of physics, and image acquisition. 
  5. Define patient care assessment and medical emergencies best practices. 
  6. Define major components and operation of computerized and digital radiographic systems. 
  7. Calculate grid ratio, grid frequency, contrast improvement factors, bucky factor, and sensitivity.
  8. Define radiation quantity, intensity, quality, and penetration as it relates to the x-ray beam.
  9. Discuss the features of picture archiving and communication systems (PAC’S) used in hospital settings.
  10. Evaluate the radiosensitivity of tissues and organs and describe the biologic factors affecting radiation response.

Outline:
  1. Review of Radiographic Procedures and Exams
    1. Axial and appendicular positions
    2. Pediatric imaging
    3. Trauma
    4. C-Arm mobile
    5. Surgery
    6. Gastrointestinal (GI), and genitourinary (GU) exams and positions
    7. Image critique and identification of pertinent pathology
  2. Review of Image Acquisition and Evaluation
    1. Radiologic physics
    2. X-ray beam
    3. Radiographic image analysis
    4. Radiation protection and safety
    5. Special imaging modalities
    6. Computerized radiography (CR) versus direct image (DR) image acquisition and evaluation
  3. Review of Patient Care
    1. Age specific criteria
    2. Special considerations
    3. Medical emergencies
    4. Patient rights and legal considerations
  4. Review Equipment Operation/Maintenance/Quality Control
    1. Proper operation of X-ray console/generator/x-ray tube/and related components
    2. C-Arm and portable
    3. Intensifiers
    4. Computerized readers (CR)
  5. Review Radiation Protection and Safety
    1. Cardinal rules
    2. Lead shields and collimation
    3. Pregnancy policies
    4. Direct radiography (DR) and dose index (DI) value
    5. As low as reasonably achievable (ALARA)
  6. Complete Registry Mock Exams
    1. Medical imaging student learning outcomes (SLO) test
    2. Written mock exam
    3. Corectec computer exams 1-4


Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2017/2018



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