NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 111 - RADIOLOGIC SCIENCE I (4 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Teaches concepts of radiation, radiography physics, fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, electricity and magnetism, and application of these principles to radiography. Focuses on x-ray production, emission, and x-ray interaction with matter. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to establish the underlying scientific principles of x-ray generation and the application of these principles in producing a diagnostic radiograph.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Admission into the Radiography Program, to include: two (2) units high school science and one (1) unit high school Algebra or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Describe the various forms of matter and energy.
    2. Describe the atomic theory of matter.
    3. State the principles of magnetism and electricity.
    4. Identify the properties of ionizing radiation.
    5. Describe the method of x-ray production.
    6. Describe the interactions of x-radiation and matter.
    7. State the principles of radiographic image production.
    8. Define and list the factors, which influence radiographic density.
    9. Define and list the factors, which influences radiographic contrast.
    10. Define and list the factors, which influence radiographic quality.
    11. Describe the principle of automatic exposure control systems.
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. Concepts of Radiation
    2. Fundamentals of Physics
    3. The Atom
    4. Electromagnetic Radiation
    5. Electricity and Magnetism
    6. X-ray Production
    7. X-ray Interaction with Matter
    8. X-ray Emission
    9. Radiographic Film
    10. Radiographic Quality
    11. Radiographic Technique
EXTRA TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Personal insights and observations of faculty and students as they relate to clinical experience and the setting of radiographic technique.

Revised 3/88


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