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RATEC 102 - Radiographic Physics

5 CR

Examines x-ray circuits, tubes, and x-ray equipment. Topics include design and application, troubleshooting and maintenance, equipment testing, image intensification, cineradiography, and advanced imaging procedures.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.

Course Outcomes
  • Define terms related to matter, energy, standards of measurement and atomic structure and relate them to the x-ray machine.
  • List and define terms related to electromagnetic radiation and x-rays in particular.
  • List 6 methods of ionization and relate them to the operation of the x-ray table.
  • List the laws of magnetism and relate electromagnetism to the appropriate parts of the x-ray machine.
  • Explain the relationships between magnetism and electricity and apply these relationships to pertinent electromagnetic devices used in the x-ray circuit.
  • Describe the production of attenuating current and identify the importance of AC to the production of x-rays.
  • Identify the components of an x-ray tube, their composition, their functions, and explain the series of events facilitating the production of  x-rays.
  • State the two types of x-rays produced, and describe the conditions under which are produced.
  • Identify the components of an intensified floroscopy unit and describe how an image is created and controlled by a technologist.
  • Define terms specific to tomography and identify the conditions under which a linear tomographic image is created
  • Describe the critical compnents of a CT system, describe how an image is created, and identify pathologies that are best imaged by a CT scanner. 
  • Idenitfy types of magnetic imaging equipment and list safety considerations for each.
  • Define terms specific to the MR imaging.
  • Describe how an image is created with magnetic resonance.
  • Identify future possibilities for MRI with consideration fo various anatomical and pathological conditions.

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