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RADTK 100: EXPOSURE TO RADIOGRAPHY

.5 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to introduce students to the medical imaging profession and the role of the radiologic technologist. Basic responsibilities of the radiologic technologist, such as patient interaction and procedures, basic radiation protection measures, and general image evaluation skills will be demonstrated and practiced.

RADTK 110: FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY I

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Radiography Program

Content is designed to introduce students to radiography and the role of the radiographer as a member of the health care team. Students become familiar with procedures to be followed when working with ionizing radiation and concepts of patient care. Anatomy and terminology of body systems related to the performance of imaging procedures of the chest, abdomen, GI tract, upper extremity, and lower extremity are also presented, with emphasis on positioning and image analysis.

RADTK 112: FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE ORIENTATION

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 110

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 120: FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY II

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 110 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 112 with a grade of "S"

This course covers the anatomy and terminology of the bony thorax, shoulder girdle, pelvic girdle, and vertebral column, with emphasis on radiographic positioning and image analysis. Atomic structure, nature and characteristics of radiation, x-ray production, photon interactions with matter and factors affecting emission spectra are also presented. Content also establishes a knowledge base in radiographic, fluoroscopic, and mobile equipment requirements and design, and associated quality management criteria.

RADTK 121: FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 120

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 150: BASIC PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 200

This course provides entry-level radiography students with principles related to computed tomography (CT) imaging.

RADTK 200: RADIOGRAPHY I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 120 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 121 with a grade of "S"

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the principles and operation of digital imaging systems found in diagnostic radiology. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Guidelines for selecting exposure factors, evaluating images, and principles of digital quality assurance and maintenance are presented. This course also provides a fundamental background in ethics and introduction to legal principles and professional standards.

RADTK 201: FUNDAMENTALS OF RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE II

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 200

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 210: RADIOGRAPHY II

6 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 200 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 201 with a grade of "S"

This course covers anatomy and terminology related to the performance of radiography of the cranium with emphasis on positioning and image analysis. The principles of radiation protection including the responsibilities of the radiographer for patients, personnel, and the public are presented. Radiation effects on molecules, cells, tissues, and the body as a whole are discussed.

RADTK 211: RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 210

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 220: RADIOGRAPHY III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and RADTK 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S"

This course is designed to provide a knowledge base necessary to perform imaging procedures of the circulatory, lymphatic, biliary, urinary, central nervous, and reproductive systems, and other special studies with emphasis on related pharmacology, equipment, and image analysis. Additional imaging modalities will also be presented and explored.

RADTK 221: RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE IV

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 220

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 230: RADIOGRAPHY IV

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 220 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 221 with a grade of "S"

This course enhances students' knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues related to the radiologic sciences. It also serves as a comprehensive review for the national certification examination.

RADTK 231: RADIOGRAPHY, DIRECTED PRACTICE V

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RADTK 230

This course provides participation in supervised clinical experience in a hospital medical imaging department.

RADTK 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit. Three to fifteen laboratory hours per week or equivalent.

RADTK 260: SECTIONAL ANATOMY FOR DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 200 with a "C" or better and RADTK 201 with a grade of "S" or department approval

This course is a study of human anatomy in sectional planes visualized in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MR), and ultrasound. Emphasis is on anatomy of the head, neck, spine, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and musculoskeletal system with comparison of planar anatomy to sectional anatomy.

RADTK 270: PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE IMAGING PROFESSIONAL

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S" or department approval.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of common pathologic conditions and disease processes. Each disease or traumatic process is studied based on its description, etiology, symptoms, and diagnosis with its appearance on images in radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine and Sonography as applicable. Basic concepts of pharmacology as well as techniques of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents are also included.

RADTK 280: COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PRINCIPLES, INSTRUMENTATION AND IMAGING PROCEDURES

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RADTK 210 and 260 with a grade of "C" or better and RADTK 211 with a grade of "S" or department approval.

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the Computed Tomography (CT) system including: operation and components, data acquisition and display, image quality, artifact production and reduction, and quality control standards. CT imaging procedures and radiation protection measures will also be presented.

RADTK 285: COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY PRACTICUM

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited imaging program and hold a current ARRT certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine (registration with NMTCB is also accepted) and maintain a current license in medical radiation technology from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), Department of Nuclear Safety; Department approval

This course emphasizes the practical aspects of Computed Tomography (CT) through clinical practice including patient positioning, care and handling, as well as scanning protocols for the head, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system. Supervised performance in an approved hospital and/or imaging center also emphasizes the practical aspects of the equipment and the clinical applications of CT.

RADTK 290: COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY REVIEW

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited imaging program and hold a current ARRT certification in Radiography, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine (registration with NMTCB is also accepted); Department approval

This course is designed to provide entry level and experienced Computed Tomography (CT) students with a review of elementary and advanced principles and practices related to CT imaging. Advanced elements include, but are not limited to: patient care and safety, imaging procedures and physics and instrumentation. This course will also assist the student to prepare for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Computed Tomography Certification Examination.