Allied Health

Are you curious about the inner workings of the human body? Have you ever wanted to observe a muscle or bone through an x-ray machine, or see babies through an ultrasound machine? Does an exciting career in the rapidly growing medical field appeal to you?

Radiologic technologists (RT) operate sophisticated equipment to help physicians diagnose and treat patients with a wide range of health problems.  As highly skilled employees in a dynamic and growing field, RTs often work in multiple specialty areas– radiologic technology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, cardiovascular-interventional technology, and mammography.  

As a student in the medical diagnostic imaging program, you are given unique and innovating learning opportunities from the moment you come to campus.

  • Discover the perfect combination of theory and hands-on experience in all the leading modalities of diagnostic imaging, preparing you to be successful in a variety of environments.
  • Have 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities in labs to practice your skills
  • Gain extensive hands-on experience through a year-long clinical program that is coupled with online classes to reinforce what you learn on-the-job
  • Learn with a diverse group of students from all over the region, since FHSU offers the only BS in Medical Diagnostic Imaging in the state.
  • Complete your studies as part of a small, close-knit group of students who support one another throughout the program.
  • Work closely with faculty who provide you personalized academic and career advising
  • Find a job upon graduation, as employers actively seek out our graduates.

The FHSU program will prepare you for a successful experience after college, demonstrated by a nearly 100% pass rate within RT majors.

Department of Allied Health

Courses

The course presents the student with fundamental concepts of medical imaging. These concepts begin with a history of healthcare and radiology. The course outlines prerequisite classes and programs offered in the Allied Health Department. The content encompasses essential patient care, radiologic procedure, exposure, and radiation safety and protection theories. The significance of professional development will be discussed and the distinctive characteristics of additional modalities will be examined.

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The course presents students with the study of human anatomy and its functions. It will explore how various anatomic structures are best visualized utilizing specific imaging modalites; including but not limited to Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography, or Conventional Radiography. This course is designed to build a stronger foundation of anatomical structure and function in preparation for advanced imaging coursework and clinical application.

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The ten areas that constitute the radiologic department. Students will rotate through each specific area in the clinical setting.

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Radiographic film processing: automation and quality control involving automatic film processing; subtraction, solarization and duplication. S

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The course is designed to provide students in the diagnostic imaging sciences an advanced understanding of three dimensional structure relationships of normal anatomy. Medical images of visceral anatomy of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, spine, and joints will be presented in transverse, oblique, coronal, and sagittal orientations.

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This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of sectional pathology requisite to competently perform computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging procedures. To enable the students to create optimal diagnostic images, this course provides the students with the ability to identify normal human anatomical structures in sectional images, and the ability to distinguish common pathological processes and variant anatomy.

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This course will teach students the basic protocols for examinations performed on a multislice CT scanner. Students will learn how to recognize pathology and medical situations and to adapt protocols accordingly.

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Designed to teach the theory and operation of computed tomography equipment, accessories, and image production techniques.

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Supervised clinical experience in an affiliate medical diagnostic imaging department. Students will operate medical imaging equipment, process images, and perform computerized diagnostic examination procedures on patients. This clinical experience continues until the student attains all required levels of proficiency. Students will be required to purchase liability and health insurance.

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A laboratory course designed for identification of appropriate Obstetrical/Gynecological anatomy during routine Obstetrical/Gynecological ultrasound procedures utilizing the fundamental principles of physics and instrumentation of diagnostic ultrasound equipment.

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Designed to emphasize the physics of ultrasound and scanning techniques for optimal visualization in Ob/Gyn and pelvic medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Primary emphasis will be on pelvic and fetal ultrasound practices.

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A laboratory course designed for identification of appropriate abdominal anatomy during routine abdominal ultrasound procedures utilizing the fundamental principles of physics and instrumentation of diagnostic ultrasound equipment.

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Designed to emphasize the physics of ultrasound and scanning techniques for abdominal medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Primary emphasis will be on liver, gallbladder, abdominal vasculature, and kidney ultrasound practices.

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The course will provide instruction in basic physical and technical concepts, image procedures, quality control, and issues related to patient comfort and safety.

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Designed to emphasize the techniques and operation of interventional procedures, equipment, accessories, image enhancement techniques, and issues related to patient care and management.

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This course provides the students with knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of the major tasks typically required of a technologist employed in the specialized field of mammography. This course is designed to cover the major content areas according to the ARRT mammography certification specifications and fulfill the MQSA initial training requirements.

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The course will emphasize the administrative role in a Medical Imaging department. It will explore, but is not limited to, leadership styles, development and importance of teams, employee motivation and turnover, quality improvement principles, medico legal concerns, strategic planning and marketing. This course is designed to provide a strong foundation regarding the duties and responsibilities of an effective Medical Imaging administrator.

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The student will acquire an advanced overview of patient care concepts in the medical imaging department. Upon completion of the course, the student will have knowledge of assessing patients during routine and emergency imaging procedures. The assessment will aid the student in determining a patient's overall condition and determining when corrective action is warranted.

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This course presents the student with the foundation and the current status of bone densitometry techniques in the radiologic science field. Included is the history of bone densitometry, technology involved, scanning protocols, the disease processes associated with bone densitometry, and the technologist's role in bone densitometry.

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This course is designed to expand the cognitive skills of technologists in the mammography field to include a greater knowledge of the different imaging procedures used to detect breast cancer and breast diseases. Students will explore the technology and techniques involved in interventional procedures, including stereotactic breast biopsy, and additional modalities used in breast imaging.

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This course will give students the basic physics concepts behind the production of a digital mammography image, what components are included in a digital mammography unit, the benefits of digital mammography over film/screen mammography, a general overview of quality control procedures with digital mammography, how the image is processed, and some advanced applications related to digital mammography.

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The student will acquire an advanced overview of angiographic procedures in an interventional laboratory department. Upon completion of the course, the student will have knowledge of assisting physicians during angiographic imaging procedures.

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This course emphasizes the appearance of pathological and/or variant anatomy as visualized in an angiographic procedure. Select case studies of pathologies will be reviewed.

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The course is designed to emphasize fundamental principles of diagnostic medical ultrasound. The student will learn basic physics of ultrasound and instrumentation of ultrasound equipment for optimal visualization in medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Protocols for abdominal, obstetrical/gynecological, vascular and superficial structures will be discussed. Common pathological patterns of the various organs and systems will be discussed and related to the sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, and laboratory findings.

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This course presents the students with a comprehensive coverage of the physical principles of digital radiography imaging systems and associated topics such as digital flouroscopy and quality control. Included in this course are the historical developments of digital radiography imaging systems, the physical principles and technological aspects of digital radiography imaging systems, digital imaging processing fundamentals, and the effective use of digital radiography in clinical practice.

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The course explores Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and associated concepts. It will present the skills and knowledge necessard for the successful planning, implementation, and maintenance of a PACS. Clinical workflow, user training, and regulatory compliance will also be examined.

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This course is designed to teach students diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging procedures. Students will learn methods and procedures required to obtain quality MRI examinations including patient communication, exam positioning, and operation and manipulation of MRI equipment.

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Students will learn the skills necessary to excel in the changing healthcare as contemporary leaders.

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Readings and written reports on special topics in medical diagnostic imaging.

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The hospital environment and its terminology, with particular reference to radiology. SU

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The course is designed to emphasize the methods of protection for patients, technologists, and other health care workers from ionizing radiation during radiologic procedures.

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Students shall study, practice and perform patient care, patient communication, exam positioning, operation and manipulation of radiographic equipment, and identification of anatomical structures on radiographic images.

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This course provides the students with knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of major tasks required of a radiologic technologist employed within the Radiology field.

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Students shall study, practice and perform patient care, patient communication, exam positioning, operation and manipulation of radiographic equipment, and identification of anatomical structures on radiographic images. Students will concentrate on imaging areas of upper and lower extremity, shoulder girdle, and pelvic girdle.

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Methods and procedures required to obtain a quality x-ray examination. This course provides the students with knowledge and cognitive skills underlying the performance of the major tasks required of a radiologic technologist employed in the field of radiology.

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Students shall study, practice and perform patient care, patient communication, exam positioning, operation and manipulation of radiographic equipment, and identification of anatomical structures on radiographic images. Students will concentrate on imaging areas of spine, trauma spine, headwork, upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

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A continuation of the methods and procedures required to obtain a quality radiographic examination. Students shall study and practice patient positioning, operation and manipulation of radiographic equipment, and identification of anatomical structures on radiographic images for the areas of spine, trauma spine, headwork, and upper and lower gastrointestinal tract.

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This course provides the student with an introduction to medical imaging patient care concepts. Upon completion of this course the student will have knowledge of the healthcare delivery system, age specific care and communication, cultural diversity in healthcare, obtaining a medical history, charting medical information, medical asepsis, and infection control concepts.

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This course provides the student with an introduction to medical imaging patient care concepts. Upon completion of this course the student will have knowledge of responding to patient needs, patient assessment and assistance, basic vital signs, dealing with acute situations, special considerations for bedside imaging, venipuncture, and medication administration.

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Effects of ionizing radiations on or in living matter. Basic concepts and technical theory of matter and energy. F

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The course will give the student a foundation for Medical Diagnostic Imaging by building a framework of information regarding creation of a diagnostic x-ray beam. The course will include discussions on atomic theory, requirements for x-ray properties, and necessary units of measurement.

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The course will give the student a foundation for Imaging by building a framework of information regarding creation of diagnostic radiographs. The course will include discussions on factors involved in capturing, creating, processing, and analyzing properties of radiographic images.

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This course will discuss concepts of special diagnostic imaging to include anatomy, techniques, and procedures. The course will include diverse subject matter that will help prepare the student for their radiology clinical rotation.

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Advanced procedures in radiology including nuclear medicine, equipment maintenance, radiation therapy and departmental administration. S

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The ten areas that constitute the radiologic department. Students will rotate through each specific area in the clinical setting.

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Advanced radiologic procedures in preparation for the registry examination. S

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Topics not covered in regular offerings including pediatric radiography, portable radiography, special radiographic patient care. S

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Radiographic films performed by students are evaluated by the instructor and student to assess radiographic quality. SU

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This course provides the student opportunities to acquaint themselves with specific principles applicable to radiology physics, basic physics, and electromagnetic physics. Upon completion of this course the student should have an understanding of basic principles involving radiologic physics.

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Selected pathologic and anomalous conditions that can be demonstrated diagnostically by radiographic films. SU

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A study of the theory and application of dedicated computer systems that are used in imaging biological materials for purposes of medical diagnostics.

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Last updated: 09/09/2019