NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 255 - RADIOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Studies principles and operation of general and specialized x-ray equipment. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the physical construction and operation of radiographic and fluoroscopic x-ray units.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Admission into the Radiography Program, to include: RAD 100 Introduction to Radiology and Protection. RAD 111-112 Radiologic Science I-II, or equivalent.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

    A. Describe the electrical system associated with a standard radiographic unit.

    B. Describe the construction and purpose of the high-tension generator (transformer).

    C. Describe the construction and purpose of the rectification circuit.

    D.Describe the components and purpose of the exposure timing system.

    E. Diagram and identify the components of a standard rotating anode x-ray tube.

    F. Describe the components and purpose of mobile x-ray units, to include:

      1. Portable radiographic unit
      2. C-arm fluoroscopic unit
    G. Describe the components and purpose of an image intensification tube.

    H. Describe the theory and principles of body plane radiography (tomography).

     I. List and state the purpose of the following specialized radiographic systems:

      1. Franklin Head Unit
      2. Automatic Chest Unit
      3. Mammographic Unit
 J. Describe the theory and components of a digital radiographic system. MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED A. The Electrical System and Mains Supply

B. Components and Controls in X-ray Circuits

C. High Tension Generators

D. Fuses, Switches and Interlocks

E. Exposure Switches and Timers

F. X-ray Tubes.

G. Portable and Mobile X-ray Units

H. Fluoroscopy and Image Intensifiers

I. Tomographic Equipment

J. Specialized Radiographic Equipment

K. Digital Imaging Systems

EXTRA TOPICS

General care and testing of radiographic equipment.

March 1988


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