NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 112 - RADIOLOGIC SCIENCE II (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 CURSE PURPOSE

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

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Admission into the Radiography Program to include:  RAD 111 Radiologic Science I and two (2) units high school science and one (2) unit high school Algebra or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

    A. Describe the origin and physical properties of secondary radiation.

    B. Describe methods and equipment used to control secondary radiation, to include:

    1. Beam restricting devices
    2. Grids
    C. List the advantages and disadvantages of intensifying screens, to include:
    1. Phosphor Type
    2. System Speed
    3. Image Quality
    4. Film-screen Combination
    D. Describe the geometric properties of the radiographic image, to include:
    1. Recorded Actual
    2. Distortion
    E. Demonstrate the use of a radiographic technique chart.

    F. Describe the components and operation of an automatic processing system.

    G. List the principle features of a system of quality assurance (Q.A.) for a radiology department.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED
    A. Control of Secondary Radiation

    B. Characteristics of Grid Construction

    C. Measuring Grid Performance

    D. Types and Uses of Grids

    E. Intensifying Screen Construction

    F. Intensifying Screen Characteristics

    G. Film-screen Combinations

    H. Geometric Properties of Radiographic Images

     I. Systems of Radiographic Exposure

     J. Radiographic Film Processing

    K. Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Radiology

EXTRA TOPICS TO BE COVERED

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

Revised 3/88


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