RAD 405 Image Production and Evaluation II

 

Course Description

Advanced imaging production systems such as fluoroscopy, computed radiography, and subtraction are discussed. Quality assurance is also introduced so that the student is aware of proper testing procedures for technical aspects of the imaging chain. Prerequisite: RAD 330 or permission of instructor.

 

Introduction

The science of medical imaging is supported by a wealth of constantly advancing technologies. These innovations are the tools that we utilize everyday to provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. A clear and thorough understanding of the physical principles and operation of advanced imaging equipment is vital to the professional practice of Radiography. However, your ultimate success in the art of medical imaging requires more than just a mere foundation in the physical attributes of this technology. Attaining true professional competence requires a scientific comprehension that ventures well-beyond the basic ability to operate equipment. Our discussions and activities in this course will strive to place you well on the path towards achieving this expertise. With a deep understanding of the technology that surrounds you in the workplace, you will be better equipped to assume a professional competence that elevates your practice of medical imaging to a true art. With this knowledge comes a pride in your work that can greatly enrich your career. Of equal importance is the enormous positive impact it can have on the level of service you provide to your patients and colleagues. As a medical imaging professional, part of the ongoing assessment of the quality of your work, as well as your technical competence is achieved through the implementation of a quality assurance program. We will explore the concept of quality assurance and the controls utilized to maintain the highest level of technical care and performance in your clinical practice.

 

Aims

This course has three specific aims:

• to introduce you to many of the advanced medical imaging technologies including computed and digital radiography, tomography, and fluoroscopy;

• to intensely examine the concept of quality assurance as it relates to the daily practice of medical imaging; and

• to assist you in developing conceptual expertise in the science of medical imaging, with the ultimate goal of enriching your professional competence and practice in our field.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

• illustrate the physical principles of x-ray generation, exposure, and radiographic image production.

• compare and contrast computed radiography and digital radiography with an emphasis on image production, manipulation, and archival.

• discuss the technical aspects and clinical applications of tomography.

• summarize the function and structure of a modern fluoroscopic imaging system

• compare and contrast the concepts of quality assurance and quality control as they apply to the daily function of a medical imaging department

• apply a comprehensive technical knowledge base to your professional practice in medical imaging regarding the science of advanced radiographic image production; digital image display, networking, and archival; and quality control program design.

 

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:

• The required text book for this course is: Carlton RR, Adler AM. Principles of Radiographic Imaging. 4th ed. Albany: Delmar; 2005. The attached course schedule indicates the section(s) of the text you are required to read prior to each class meeting.

• The supplemental text book required for this course is: Bushong SC. Radiologic Science for Technologists. 9th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2008

• The attached course schedule indicates the section(s) of the text you are required to read prior to each class meeting. As the Bushong text is required for another course (RAD 331), I think you’ll find it helpful to use at times here as well. Each text has its strengths and weaknesses, and I’ve tried to steer you in the best direction for each topic we discuss.

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

• I will 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
Homework 15
Exam I 20
Exam II 20
Final Exam 35
Participation 10

*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 attendance is expected at all class meetings. 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. You are responsible for all of the material contained within the assigned readings and activities. Your understanding of all major concepts will be assessed through our various assignments and tests. Be aware that I will not test you on minutiae; the assessment tools I use to measure your progress will concentrate primarily on the major topics we explore during our meetings and homework assignments.

4. 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.

5. Bring your textbooks to class. We will use them often during both independent and collaborative exercises.

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

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

8. All exams must be taken as scheduled. Make-up exams will be given only in extreme circumstances and must have my prior approval.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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!