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 will emphasize the foundation and evolution of sonography and the role of the diagnostic medical sonographer. Students will learn the foundations of communication, medical techniques, patient care, and clinical assessment of sonographic procedures to enhance problem solving skills in the ultrasound imaging environment.

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The course will continue to emphasize patient care techniques and student awareness of professional, ethical, and legal issues to expand upon the role of the diagnostic medical sonographer. Ethics, professionalism, legal essentials, ergonomics, prevention of work-related injury, medical emergency, infection control, invasive procedures, and surgical asepsis will be emphasized to assist the student with critical thinking skills in the ultrasound imaging environment. The student will analyze these components with review of the FHSU DMS Clinical Handbook.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physical principles of ultrasound and instrumentation of ultrasound equipment for optimal visualization in diagnostic medical sonography examinations.

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The course continues to emphasize the physical principles of ultrasound equipment for optimal visualization in medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in abdominal diagnostic medical sonography examinations. Primary emphasis will be the role of ultrasound in evaluation of the abdominal vasculature, biliary tree, pancreas, and thyroid. Pathological patterns of these various systems will be discussed and related to the sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, and laboratory findings.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in abdominal diagnostic medical sonography examinations. Primary emphasis will be the role of ultrasound in evaluation of the abdominal organs including the liver, spleen, urinary tract, scrotum, and ultrasound-guided procedures. Pathological patterns of these various systems will be discussed and related to the sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, and laboratory findings.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in obstetric/gynecologic medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Primary emphasis will be the role of ultrasound in the evaluation of the non-gravid female pelvis to include normal sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, laboratory findings, and pathological processes of the uterus and adnexa. Additional material will include menstrual physiology, hormonal influences, early embryonic development, ethical considerations of obstetric ultrasound, and sonographic evaluation of the normal and abnormal first trimester.

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The course continues to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in obstetric/gynecologic medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Application of ultrasound in the evaluation of the non-gravid female pelvis to compare normal sonographic appearance and physiology to pathological processes of the uterus and adnexa. Primary emphasis will be the role of ultrasound in the evaluation of the first, second, and third trimesters of pregnancy, screening for genetic fetal anomalies, multiple gestations, maternal disorders, abnormalities associated with fetal growth, and complications associated with delivery.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in vascular diagnostic medical sonography examinations. Primary emphasis will include the hemodynamics, color flow, and Doppler spectral analysis of the abdominal, lower extremity venous, and lower extremity arterial vasculature. Additional vascular applications will include Doppler instruments and indirect testing methods.

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The course continues to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in vascular medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Primary emphasis will include the hemodynamics, color flow, and Doppler spectral analysis of the upper extremity venous and arterial vasculature, carotid, vertebral and transcranial vasculature, and selective abdominal vasculature. Additional vascular applications will include Doppler instruments and indirect testing methods.

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

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A laboratory course designed to continue identification of appropriate anatomy during routine obstetrical/gynecological and abdominal ultrasound procedures utilizing the fundamental principles of physics and instrumentation of diagnostic ultrasound equipment.

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

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

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations of the breast. Primary emphasis will include the normal anatomy of the female and male breast, the normal physiology of breast tissue, clinical evaluation of patients for breast imaging, historical overview of breast imaging, ACR BI-RADS classifications of mammographic masses, normal sonographic evaluation of the breast, and sonographic evaluation of breast masses. Additional diagnostic imaging procedures will include Doppler and Color Doppler applications, breast implant imaging, and the role of ultrasound in diagnostic and interventional procedures in the breast.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in neurologic diagostic medical sonography examinations. Primary emphasis will be the role of utrasound in the evaluation of neonate and infant brain. Pathological patterns of the various brain structures and developmental stages will be discussed and related to the sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, and laboratory findings.

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The course is designed to emphasize the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound for optimal visualization in superficial medical diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Primary emphasis will be the role of ultrasound in evaluation of the thyroid/parathyroid, scrotum, prostate, and other non-routine examinations. 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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The course will focus on advanced applications relative to physics and instrumentation in sonographic medical imaging. Students will review ultrasound physical principles to develop systematic methods for applications of proper instrumentation within general and vascular ultrasound procedures within a clinical environment and for preparation for the national registry physics and instrumentation examination offered through the America Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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The course will provide continued emphasis of advanced sonographic applications. Students will review ultrasound methods for application of proper instrumentation within general and vascular ultrasound procedures in a clinical environment. Ultrasound procedures to be emphasized will include the abdominal cavity, abdominal vasculature and Doppler, urinary system, pancreas, genetic testing procedures, chromosomal abnomalities, amniotic fluid and membranes, nuchal translucency and fold, cervix, placenta, umbilical cord and Doppler, fetal central nervous system, face, neck, thorax, and abdominal wall, and vascular indirect testing methods.

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The course will provide continued emphasis on advanced sonographic applications. Students will review ultrasound principles to develop systematic methods for application of proper instrumentation within general and vascular ultrasound procedures in a clinical environment. Ultrasound procedures to be emphasized will include the pancreas, gallbladder/biliary ducts, liver, spleen, fetal thorax, heart, abdomen, abdominal wall, genitourinary, skeletal, multiple gestations, upper and lower extremity venous and arterial, and hemodialysis access. Additional focus will include both arterial and venous hemodynamics and indirect testing methods within vascular procedures to include transcranial Doppler.

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The course is designed to provide students the opportunity to review all program curriculum for the abdominal, obstetric/gynecologic, and vascular technology specialty areas in preparation for the national registry examinations offered through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Review activites and group discussions will help clarify difficult concepts. Students will review the examination content outlines for all speciality area examinations. Mock registry examinations will be assigned. Additional emphasis will include test taking strategies, continuing education requirements with life-long learning strategies, and development of strategies for implementing change within the DMS environment.

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The course will provide the student the opportunity to apply abdominal, obstetrical/gynecologic, and vascular ultrasound principles within the clinical environment. The student will be expected to observe, assist, and perform ultrasound procedures under direct supervision of a registered diagnostic medical sonographer utilizing appropriate physics and instrumentation principles.

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The course is designed to emphasize fundamental principles of diagnostic cardiac sonography. The student will learn basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology along with the general protocol for transthoracic echocardiograms. Components of the cardiac cycle will be defined along with understanding the different modes of echocardiography, to include M-mode, 2-dimensional echocardiography, color flow Doppler, and spectral Doppler.

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The course is designed to emphasize additional cardiac imaging modalities, understanding the fundamentals of transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography, and cardiac cathetherization. The student will gain an understanding of the basic embryology of the heart through the 7th week of fetal development and understand the components of fetal circulation. Congenital heart defects will be defined along with the hemodynamic effects on the cardiovascular system.

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The course is designed to emphasize cardiac pathologies involving valvular disease, myocarditis, pericarditis, and prosthetic valves. The student will gain an understanding of the hemodynamic effects these pathologies place on the heart and the associated sonographic findings. They will also be able to differentiate between mechanical and bioprosthetic heart valves and understand the associated complications.

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The course is designed to emphasize cardiac pathologies involving ischemic heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, cardio neoplasms, and disease of the aorta. The student will gain an understanding of the hemodynamic effects these particular pathologies place on the heart, the associated sonographic findings, and understand the related complications.

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The course is designed to provide the student the opportunity for professional growth and development within echocardiography. Each student is required to develop and submit a case report over a cardiac pathology for potential publication within a peer-reviewed professional journal. Each student will also be responsible for reviewing and evaluating fellow student submissions establishing an understanding of the importance of continuing education.

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The course will provide the student the opportunity to apply echocardiography principles within the clinical environment. The student will be expected to observe, assist, and perform adult cardiac procedures under direct supervision of a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer utilizing appropriate physics and instrumentation principles.

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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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An introduction to the imaging process of superficial structures, the course will focus on the role of ultrasound in evaluation of the thyroid/ parathyroid, scrotum, prostate, and breast. Pathological patterns of the various organs will be discussed and related to sonographic appearance, physiologic changes, and laboratory findings.

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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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In this course students will be introduced to current trends and emerging topics that are effecting today's healthcare leaders. Through case studies, students will learn to analyze and reflect on the issues. A final research project will allow students to further investigate an area of interest.

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Mammography experience under the direct supervision of an affiliate mammography department. Students will build proficiency while completing the ARRT Mammography clinical requirements for certification. Students will perform mammography examinations on patients in accordance to the procedures and protocol of the specific clinical site. This experience will continue until the student attains all required levels of proficiency and completion of all ARRT clinical components.

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The preceptorship is to provide the student with a hands-on experience of an administrative role. The student should gain knowledge regarding organizational development, structure, continuous quality improvement efforts, and employee management.

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The preceptorship provides the student with a hands-on experience of a PACS administrator. The student should gain knowledge regarding successful planning, implementation, and maintenance of a PACS as well as expand knowledge of clinical workflows and user training.

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The course is based on the application of theory learned in the CT Physics and Instrumentation course. The student will progress from observing the CT technologist(s) to assisting with examinations. Throughout the duration of the preceptorship, the student will proficiently apply the physical and technical concepts of CT into daily practice, monitor and perform quality control issues, and provide a superior standard of patient care, safety, and comfort. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized throughout the duration of the clinical preceptorship to gain a practical understanding of computed tomography.

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The course is based on the application of theory learned in the MRI Physics and Instrumentation course. The student will progress from observing the MRI technologist(s) to assisting with the examinations. Throughout the duration of the preceptorship, the student will proficiently apply the physical and technical concepts of MRI into daily practice, monitor and perform quality control issues, and provide a superior standard of patient care, safety, and comfort. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized throughout the duration of the clinical preceptorship to gain a practical understanding of MRI.

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The course is based on the application of theory learned in CVIT and Advanced Patient Care courses. The student will progress from observing the technologist, to assisting with examinations, to performing interventional examinations. The student will proficiently apply the physical and technical concepts, quality control issues, and issues related to patient comfort and safety. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized throughout the duration of the clinical preceptorship to gain a practial understanding of working in a CVIT department.

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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