NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 121 - RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES I (4 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduces procedures for positioning the patientís anatomical structures relative to x-ray beam and image receptor. Emphasizes procedures for routine examination of the chest, abdomen, extremities and axial skeleton. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the procedural requirements of radiological examination and for the chest, abdomen and axial skeleton. Inclusive in this course is topographic bony anatomy and the radiographic positions, which will demonstrate this anatomy. A weekly 3-hour lab is required for the demonstration of these examinations.

RAD 121 is the first of a two-semester sequence. It is followed by RAD 221, which emphasizes more advanced imagery of the internal organs.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Admission into the Radiography Program.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course the student will demonstrate and show proficiency through laboratory techniques in the following:

A. Topographic anatomy of the axial skeleton, chest and abdomen.

B. Identification of radiographic positions projections and planes of the body.

C. Position and obtain adequate radiographs for the following anatomy:

    1. chest
    2. abdomen
    3. upper extremity
    4. shoulder girdle
    5. lower extremity
    6. pelvic girdle
    7. bony thorax
    8. vertebrae column
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
      A.  Bony anatomy of axial skeleton, chest and abdomen.

      B.  Routine and special radiographic positions related to the chest, abdomen and axial skeleton.

EXTRA TOPICS A. Film identification of bony anatomy and positioning

B. Pathologies/congenital anomalies related to the above anatomy.

Revised 3/88

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