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. (Corequisite: XR 109 and XR 180)

XR 109 Introduction to Health Care in Radiologic Technology 1-0-1
This course is a series of continuous focused lectures pertinent to each clinical semester.  Radiologic science, patient care, image critiques and imaging methods will be presented and discussed. Corequisites: XR 103, XR 180

XR 116 Radiographic Imaging Technology I 2-2-3
A discussion of the principles leading to the production of the manifest image.  The general design of the x-ray tube as well as x-ray production and emission.  Tube rating charts, factors affecting radiographic quality, grids and accessories as well as fluoroscopy will be covered. (Corequisites XR 159, XR 151; Prerequisites XR 103, XR 109, XR 180.

XR 123 Radiation Protection 3-0-3
Topics covered in this course include: radiation quantities and units; interaction of radiation with the body tissues; molecular and cellular radiation biology; dose limits; equipment design for radiation protection; early and late effects of radiation; management of patient and imaging personnel doses during diagnostic x-ray procedures and methods of monitoring.  (Prerequisites: XR 180, XR 151, XR 116 and XR 203;Corequisite: XR 294)

XR 151 Patient Care for the Radiographer 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.  Pharmacology, medical ethics and the medicolegal aspects of radiologic technology will be discussed. (Prerequisites: XR 109, XR 103; Corequisites: XR 159)

XR 159 Radiographic Positioning II and Clinical Procedures I 3-26-9
This course is an examination of the radiographic positioning of the osseous system. Topics in this course include: positioning, radiographic exposure factors, medical terminology, pathology, radiographic anatomy, radiation protection, and special considerations for the pediatric and geriatric 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. (Prerequisites: XR 151, XR 180; corequisite: XR 116)

[Explanatory note re hours allocation: 3 hours of lecture (3 credits) + 2 hours of lab (1 credit) + 24 hours of clinic (@ 5 hours per credit = 4 credits) = 9 credits]
 

XR 164 Radiographic Positioning III and Clinical Procedures II 3-26-9
This is a continuation of XR 159 and examines the radiographic positioning of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine along with routine positioning of the biliary tract, upper and lower gastrointestinal system, urinary system and the study of radiographic contrast media.  Topics in this course include: positioning, radiographic exposure factors, medical terminology, radiation protection, and special considerations for the pediatric and geriatric patients.  Clinical experience is continued in this course. (Prerequisites: XR 109, XR 103, XR 180 XR 151, XR 115 and XR 159; Corequisite: XR 220)

[Explanatory note re hours allocation: 3 hours of lecture (3 credits) + 2 hours of lab (1 credit) + 24 hours of clinic (@ 5 hours per credit = 4 credits) = 9 credits]

XR 165 Radiographic Clinical Procedures III 0-23-4
This course is 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 is required. (Prerequisite: XR 109, XR 103, XR 180, XR 151, XR 115, 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 180 Radiographic Physics 3-0-3
A basic review of 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 along with digital radiography.  (Corequisites: XR 103, XR 109)

XR 203 Advanced Radiographic Procedures 3-0-3
This course is a continuation of XR 159 and examines the radiographic positioning of the cranium, facial bones, and paranasal sinuses.  Other topics include trauma, mobile and surgical radiography, pediatric radiography, venipuncture, arthrography, biliary duct procedures, hysterosalpingography, myelography, orthoroentgenography, and conventional tomography.  (Prerequisites: XR 103, XR 109, XR 159, XR 164; Corequisites: XR 165)

XR 209 Pathology and Cross-Sectional Anatomy 3-0-3
This course introduces concepts related to disease with etiological considerations  Included in this course is the understanding of how the disease process works and recognizing the radiographic appearance of specific diseases.  Gross anatomical structures will be located and identified in axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal and orthogonal (oblique) planes.  . (Prerequisites: successful completion of all previous XR courses in the curriculum; corequisite: XR 295)

XR 220 Digital Processing and Computerized Tomography 2-2-3
An understanding of the components, principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology.  Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed as well as quality assurance and maintenance.  Also included in this course are concepts designed to provide entry-level radiography students with a basic understanding of the operation of a computed tomography device. (Prerequisite: XR 116, XR 180 Corequisite: XR 164)

XR 294 Radiographic Clinical Procedures IV 0-16-3
Students will be required to rotate through a second clinical affiliate for the purpose of learning other procedures, protocols and technology. (Prerequisites: XR 109, XR 103, XR 164, XR 165 and XR 203; corequisite: XR 123)

XR 295 Radiographic Clinical Procedures V 0-16-3
Students will refine their skills in preparation for the workplace and complete all required clinical competencies for the program. (Prerequisite: XR 294; Corequisite: XR 209)

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