RAD 332 Diagnostic Imaging

 

Course Description

This course is designed to acquaint the student with normal and abnormal anatomy and to correlate the anatomical and radiological findings. Abnormal anatomy is presented using all imaging techniques useful to demonstrate the particular type of pathology. This includes CT, MRI, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine imaging, along with routine diagnostic imaging techniques.

 

Introduction

The radiologic technologist is a valued member of the health-care team. Diagnostic radiography is but one of many areas of professional practice the RT may choose to specialize in. The imaging modalities of mammography, bone densitometry (DEXA), computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular and interventional procedures, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offer a host of rewarding career paths to the radiographer. During this course, we will explore these imaging techniques, paying close attention to the diagnostic capability of each. Clinical history, patient condition, differential diagnoses, and desired outcome all play a role in the algorithm used to decide which procedure is performed on a given patient. Although an in-depth study of the physical operation of each of these advanced procedures is beyond the scope of this course, we will endeavor to arrive at a cursory understanding of each. This basic understanding is vital to your ability to integrate the appropriate utilization of each modality in the diagnostic process.

 

Aims

This course has three specific aims:

• To introduce you to the various components of Radiology, including breast imaging, cardiac/interventional, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine/PET, ultrasound, DEXA, and radiation therapy.

• To assist you in developing an appreciation of the diagnostic capabilities and limitations of each.

• To present an overview of the Radiology department as a whole, the constituents of which work together to shorten the overall path to diagnosis and treatment of disease.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

• readily identify images from each of the major imaging modalities.

• describe the basic theory and equipment function of each of the major imaging modalities.

• evaluate the ability of each imaging modality to demonstrate various pathologic conditions.

• clinically apply the correct technical factors to produce radiographic images with appropriate density, contrast, and recorded detail.

• select the correct film-screen system to ensure the highest image quality and lowest patient dose.

• identify and manage emergent situations in the clinical setting.

• list and describe the key components of the electrical system used to control a standard x-ray unit.

• engage in thorough research of a specific topic, utilizing credible and current reference materials.

• present the findings of a research project to your peers in a professional manner.

 

Course Format

There will be several forms of instruction utilized throughout the semester. Your success in this course is directly correlated to your effort and participation in each:

• There is no NEW required textbook for this course.

• However, your comprehension of the course material will be greatly aided by reading the chapters identified in the following texts:

Carlton RR, Adler AM. Principles of Radiographic Imaging. 4th ed. Albany: Delmar; 2005

Bushong SC. Radiologic Science for Technologists. 9th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier; 2008

The attached course schedule indicates the section(s) of the text you are required to read prior to each class meeting.

• Our classroom discussions will expand upon the material presented within the text readings. Lectures will be supported by various hand-outs, audiovisual materials, and computer presentations.

• The Focus on… sessions consist of a series of individual seminars concentrating on specific areas of radiographic imaging. Each session will be accompanied by a homework assignment due the following week, as outlined on the course schedule.

• Each student will complete a research project in an area of advanced medical imaging. An oral class presentation, approximately 20 minutes in length will accompany this project. Details of this project will be discussed at a later date.

• I may provide you with additional supplemental readings throughout the semester to assist in your comprehension of the course content.

• Blackboard – all course-related material is available at http://blackboard.hartford.edu Assignments, supplemental readings, and exercises may be periodically administered through Blackboard.

• In addition, the discussion board for this course is a valuable resource for further topic exploration and clarification. You may find it helpful to discuss amongst yourselves the topics we cover throughout the course. I will routinely monitor the discussion board and will provide additional instruction when necessary.

• Please familiarize yourself with Blackboard and speak to me if you have any issue with access or utilization.

 

Assessment

Your progress and overall course achievement will be calculated in the following manner:

Measure % of Grade
Project 20
Assignments 60
Participation 20

*A grade of C+ (77%) or above in this course is required to continue within the Radiologic Technology professional component curriculum. (Policies and Procedures, pg. 5)

 

Student Responsibilities

1. Your participation is expected in all course activities. Please contact me prior to class via phone or e-mail if you are unable to attend a lecture session. It is your responsibility to obtain the covered course content for any missed lectures.

2. Read the assigned materials prior to each lecture. You should take notes during class, the ease of which will be facilitated by at least a cursory understanding of the material.

3. Pay attention and participate in our lecture discussions. Appropriately asked questions are always welcome – never hesitate to raise your hand and ask for further clarification when needed.

4. 20% of the course grade refers to your participation. This score is divided into two distinct components:

• 10% is based upon an assessment of your course participation. I determine this score using the rubric included below.

• 10% is based on the number of oral presentation review forms you complete.

You will be assessing the oral presentations of your peers and documenting the information learned from each. The form will be provided to you prior to each series of presentations. The maximum achievable score is 10/10. Presentation review forms are submitted only for classes you are in attendance for. No forms will be accepted from presentations you did not take part in.

5. All assignments must be completed as scheduled. Late assignments will undergo a 5 % reduction in possible score for each day beyond the due date.

6. If you miss a Focus on… session, it is your responsibility to contact me to obtain the associated homework assignment.

7. The use of cell-phones, pagers, or other electronic communication devices during class is strictly prohibited.

8. Students in need of learning accommodations may discuss this directly with me and/or contact the University’s Learning Plus office at 860-768-4522.

9. Students of the course are subject to the rules and regulations of the University of Hartford’s Academic Honesty Policy and Code of Student Conduct as outlined in The Source.

10. Students may appeal any component of this course in accordance with the Academic Grievance Procedure as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Radiologic Technology Program.

 

I look forward to a productive and rewarding semester. It is my honor and pleasure to assist you in your professional studies in the science and practice of Radiologic Technology. Best wishes for success!