Radiologic Sciences


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  • Course Descriptions

    RAD 300. CONCEPTS OF RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES. An overview of the foundations in radiography involving the practitioner's role in the health care delivery system. An introduction to general anatomy and body systems, mobile radiography, trauma radiography and surgical radiography are explored. Principles, practices and policies of the health care organization(s), medical language, professional communication and professional responsibilities of the radiographer will be examined and discussed. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 306. RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES I. Provides a knowledge base necessary to perform standard radiographic procedures of the thoracic viscera, abdomen, upper and lower extremities, and bony thorax. Content includes the radiographic anatomy and positioning of these body structures. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 312. RADIATION PROTECTION. Basic theories and principles related to the safe utilization of diagnostic radiographic equipment in a clinical setting. The student applies the theories and principles of safe radiation exposure. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 318. PRINCIPLES OF IMAGE FORMATION I. Factors that govern and influence the production and recording of radiologic images. Content includes the importance of minimum imaging standards, discussion of a problem-solving technique for image evaluation and the factors affecting image quality. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 324. AGE SPECIFIC PATIENT CARE. Patient care theory and techniques for a diverse patient population. Content includes age-appropriate interpersonal communication, human diversity, patient transfer and immobilization techniques, vital sign monitoring, sterile and aseptic technique, infection control and medical emergencies. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 330. RADIOLOGIC PHYSICS. Qualitative and quantitative concepts of radiation physics pertaining to medical applications in radiology; atomic and nuclear structure; properties of radiation; X-ray production; artificial production; photon interactions in matter; and attenuation processes. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 336. RADIOBIOLOGY. Qualitative and quantitative concepts of radiobiology pertaining to genetic and somatic effects of ionizing radiation and the mechanisms of interaction from subcellular level to organism. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 342. RESEARCH METHODS. Provides an overview of research design methodology in radiologic sciences. Emphasis is on data collection, analysis, interpretation and effective communication of research via written and oral presentations. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 348. RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES II. A continuation of RAD 306. Content includes the radiographic anatomy and positioning of the shoulder and pelvic girdles as well as the vertebral column. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)      

    RAD 350. PRINCIPLES OF IMAGE FORMATION II. A continuation of RAD 318. Content will include imaging accessories,  technique  charts,  image  receptors,  image  processing,  sensitometry  and  criterion  for  image  evaluation. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 354. CLINICAL PRACTICUM I. Supervised clinical practice experience designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Content includes patient assessment; radiographic examinations of extremities (upper and lower), chest, bony thorax and abdomen; radiologic imaging critique; concepts of team practice and patient-centered clinical practice; total quality management; and professional development. (Clinical rotation) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 360. CLINICAL PRACTICUM II. A continuation of RAD 354. Supervised clinical practice experience designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Content includes patient assessment; radiographic examinations of extremities (upper and lower) and girdles, chest, bony thorax, abdomen and vertebral column; radiologic imaging   critique; concepts of team practice and patient-centered clinical practice; total quality management; and professional development. (Clinical rotation) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 400. LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN IMAGING SCIENCES. A study of legal and ethical issues in imaging sciences. Topics include ethical theories, end-of-life care, living wills, confidentiality, risk management and quality review, HIPAA and implementation of the electronic health record. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 406. RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES III. A continuation of RAD 348. Content includes the radiographic anatomy and positioning of the digestive system, biliary system and cranium. Laboratory experience will be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)      

    RAD 412. ADVANCED MEDICAL IMAGING SCIENCE. A study of the advanced physical principles of diagnostic radiology. Topics include image intensification, specialized radiographic units and quality control of radiographic equipment and accessories. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 414. ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE SKILLS. Focuses on the current health care delivery environment, including patient assessment, monitoring, infection control and management. It includes working with multicultural patients, managing problem patients and patient education. Additional topics include an overview of considerations when working in an increasingly digital imaging environment. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    RAD 418. DIGITAL IMAGE ACQUISITION AND DISPLAY. Explores the components, principles and operations of digital imaging systems. Factors that impact image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval are discussed. Principles of digital imaging quality assurance and maintenance are presented. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 424. PRINCIPLES OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY. Explores the basic physical and technical principles of computed tomography (CT) imaging. Content includes computed tomography generations, components, operations and imaging processes with an emphasis on sectional anatomy as compared to planar anatomy as seen in computed tomography. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 430. PHARMACOLOGY AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. An overview of pharmacologic principles and practices in patient care with emphasis on imaging procedures. Topics include biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug classifications, radiopharmaceuticals, venipuncture, routes of drug administration, emergency medications and cardiac monitoring. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)

    RAD 436. RADIOGRAPHIC PATHOLOGY. Introduces theories of disease causation and the pathophysiologic disorders that compromise healthy systems. Content includes etiology, pathophysiologic responses, clinical manifestations, radiographic appearance and management of alterations in body systems. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 438. RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE ANALYSIS. A study of specific factors of the radiographic process that affect image  quality  with  an  emphasis  on  refinement  of  image  analysis  and  problem-solving  skills. Image analysis of the appendicular skeleton, axial skeleton, chest, abdomen and digestive system will be explored. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    RAD 442. CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS. A study of research design methodology in radiologic sciences. Topics include terminology of research, qualitative and quantitative methods, statistics, basic research designs and data analysis techniques. Emphasis is placed on critical review of radiologic sciences research studies and their application to clinical practice. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    RAD 445. CONCEPTS OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING. A study of the basic physical principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Content includes fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging, equipment and instrumentation, radiofrequency and gradients, image production parameters, contrast media, pulse sequences, safety essentials, image quality, and procedure protocols of common magnetic resonance imaging examinations. Provides an overview of human anatomy, viewed in body sections, as it relates to the imaging professional. Pathologic diseases and conditions commonly imaged utilizing MRI will also be studied. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 448. RADIOGRAPHIC PROCEDURES IV. A continuation of RAD 406.  Content includes the radiographic anatomy and positioning of the urinary system, reproductive system and central nervous system as well as the use of advanced radiographic procedures. Laboratory experience may be used to complement the didactic portion. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)      

    RAD 451. MANAGEMENT ISSUES IN DIAGNOSTIC HEALTH CARE. A study of managerial roles and functions in health care organizations with emphasis in diagnostic imaging. Content includes connective processes, planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, controlling and labor relations. Provides a foundation of managerial thoughts and processes which lead to organizational success and maximum productivity. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 454. CLINICAL PRACTICUM III. A continuation of RAD 360. Supervised clinical practice experience designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Content includes patient assessment; radiographic examinations of extremities (upper and lower) and girdles, chest, bony thorax, abdomen and vertebral column; radiologic imaging critique; concepts of team practice and patient-centered clinical practice; total quality management; and professional development. (Clinical Rotation) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 457. BREAST IMAGING PRINCIPLES.  A study of the basic physical principles of breast imaging (mammography). Content includes fundamentals of breast imaging, equipment and instrumentation, image production parameters, quality control and regulations, patient care in breast imaging, breast ultrasound, digital mammography, and procedure protocols and techniques specific to breast imaging examinations. Provides an overview of breast anatomy and pathology. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 460. CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV. A continuation of RAD 454. Supervised clinical practice experience designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Content includes patient assessment; radiographic examinations of extremities (upper and lower) and girdles, chest, bony thorax, abdomen, vertebral column and gastrointestinal system; radiologic imaging critique; concepts of team practice and patient-centered clinical practice; total quality management; and professional development. (Clinical Rotation) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 463. PATIENT SAFETY IN RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES. A study of the essentials of patient safety in the health care environment, with emphasis on safety within the imaging profession. Content includes an introduction to health care safety, workplace safety, risk management, patient transfer and transport, patient fall prevention protocols, infection control practices, medication safety, sentinel event policies and prevention, and radiation protection. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 466. CLINICAL PRACTICUM V. A continuation of RAD 460. Supervised clinical practice experience designed for sequential development, application, critical analysis, integration, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and theories in the performance of radiologic procedures. Content includes patient assessment; radiographic examinations of extremities (upper and lower) and girdles, chest, bony thorax, abdomen, vertebral column, urinary system, gastrointestinal system, reproductive system and central nervous system; radiologic imaging critique; concepts of team practice and patient-centered clinical practice; total quality management; and professional development. (Clinical rotation) (3 semester hours)

    RAD 472. SEMINAR I.  An overview of various topics in radiologic sciences. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    RAD 475. SEMINAR II. A continuation of RAD 472 and provides an overview of various topics in radiologic sciences. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)

    RAD 478. COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY APPLICATIONS AND SECTIONAL IMAGING. A study of the basic physical principles of computed tomography (CT) imaging. Content includes fundamentals of computed tomography, equipment and instrumentation, data acquisition, image processing and reconstruction, patient safety, image quality and procedure protocols of common computed tomography examinations. Provides an overview of human anatomy, viewed in body sections, as it relates to the imaging professional. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)

    RAD 484. RADIOLOGIC SCIENCES DIRECTED STUDY. Involves a directed study designed to provide registered radiologic technologists the opportunity to demonstrate their expanded capabilities resulting from previous didactic and clinical experience gained in radiologic sciences. Requires the student to utilize the knowledge, skills and insights gained from previous courses taken in the Advanced Standing Radiologic Sciences track and requires the student to develop  a  comprehensive  e-portfolio  of  material  that  includes,  but  is  not  limited  to,  directed  reading  essays,  testing assignments, CITI Basic Course assignments, an MSDH Health Care Law presentation and a Curriculum Vitae. The student will work with a supervising faculty member and a mentor/preceptor. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the program director are required (Lecture) (4 semester hours) 

    RAD 490. SPECIAL TOPICS. Interdisciplinary elective. Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required (Lecture) (1-4 semester hours)