Radiologic Technology Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

XR 103 Radiographic Positioning I 1-2-2
This course introduces the student to the principles of radiography, radiographic terminology and radiation protection. This course covers the anatomy and radiographic positioning of the thoracic and abdominal viscera.

XR 109 Clinical Seminar 1-0-1
The clinical seminar course is a series of continuous focused lectures pertinent to each academic/clinical semester. Radiologic science, patient care, film critiques, and advanced imaging methods will be presented and discussed.

XR 116 Image Production and Evaluation I 2-2-3
A discussion of the principles leading to the production of the manifest image. Intensifying screens, radiographic film and processing, factors affecting radiographic quality, grids and accessories will be covered. (Corequistie: XR 159)

XR 123 Radiation Protection 3-0-3
Topics covered in this course include: radiation quantities and units; permissible dosages; shielding methods and devices; interaction of radiation with the body tissues; biological effects and methods of monitoring. Other topics include an overview of cell biology, radiation energy transfer determinants, molecular effects of irradiation, cell radiosensitivity and organic damage from ionizing radiation. (Prerequisites: XR 103, XR 109, XR 151 and XR 180; corequisite: XR 294)

XR 151 Radiologic Nursing Procedures 2-0-2
Discussion of the proper handling of sick, injured and infectious patients along with the proper care and use of medical equipment and supplies. Medical ethics and the medicolegal aspects of radiologic technology will be discussed.

XR 159 Radiographic Positioning II and Clinical Procedures I 3-18-7
Routine radiographic positioning of the osseous system. To be included are medical terminology, topographical anatomy and special considerations for pediatric patients. The clinical experience is an extension of the classroom where the student will develop the theory into practical skills through instruction, application, critique and evaluation on common procedures. Students will participate in a one-hour weekly clinical seminar. (Prerequisites: XR 151 and XR 180; corequisite: XR 116)

XR 164 Radiographic Positioning III and Clinical Procedures II 3-18-7
Routine and radiographic positioning of the biliary, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, the reproductive and central nervous systems and skull, as well as examinations of the salivary glands, soft-tissue and joint structures. Imaging of the breast will be discussed. Also included are medical terminology, topographical anatomy and special considerations for pediatric patients. Clinical experience is continued in this course. Students will participate in a one-hour weekly clinical seminar. (Prerequisites: XR 159; corequisite: XR 220)

XR 165 Radiographic Clinical Procedures III 0-23-4
A continuation of the clinical component of XR 164. Students will complete their first clinical assignment and build on the procedures taught in XR 103, XR 159 and XR 164. Four 8-hour clinical days per week over 11 weeks are required. Student will participate in a one-hour weekly clinical seminar. (Prerequisites: XR 103, XR 159 and XR 164; corequisite: XR 203)

XR 180 Radiographic Equipment Operation and Maintenance 3-0-3
A basic review of algebra and the physical principles of matter, leading to tube production of electricity with its ramifications pertinent to the field of radiologic technology. Basic radiation producing circuitry is discussed including closed circuit television and videotaped recording. The course will also include an overview of radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and ultrasonography.

XR 203 Advanced Radiographic Procedures 3-0-3
A basic review of algebra and the physical principles of matter, leading to tube production of electricity with its ramifications pertinent to the field of radiologic technology. Basic radiation producing circuitry is discussed including closed circuit television and videotaped recording. The course will also include an overview of radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and ultrasonography. (Prerequisites: XR 116 and XR 220; corequisite: XR 165)

XR 209 Clinical Seminars II 3-0-3
This is a capstone comprehensive course that reviews and interrelates concepts previously covered in the two-year curriculum. It provides students with a meaningful approach to evaluate previous learning with radiographic film critiques, case presentations, journal article reviews and clinical assignments. The student will develop and present a research project based on pathology to different body systems with radiographic imaging methods used to demonstrate the pathology. Principles of quality assurance and quality control will also be covered. (Prerequisites: successful completion of all previous XR courses in the curriculum; corequisite: XR 295)

XR 220 Image Production and Evaluation II 2-2-3
Topics covered in this class include automatic exposure control, technique charts, tube rating charts, tomography, grids, computerized radiography and digital radiography. Factors affecting radiographic quality and fluoroscopy will also be covered. (Prerequisite: XR 116; corequisite: XR 164)

XR 294 Radiographic Clinical Procedures IV 0-24-4
A continuation of XR 165. Some students will be required to rotate through a second clinical affiliate for the purpose of learning specialized procedures as part of this course. An approximate total of 360 hours is required. Students will participate in a one-hour weekly clinical seminar. (Prerequisites: XR 159, XR 164 and XR 165; corequisite: XR 123)

XR 295 Radiographic Clinical Procedures V 0-24-4
A continuation of the clinical practices of the program. Students will spend three days a week in the clinical site. Students will refine their skills in preparation for the workplace and complete all required competencies for the program. (Prerequisite: XR 294; corequisite: XR 209)

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