RADON 102 Radiographic Physics • 2 Cr.
Examines x-ray circuit tubes, x-ray equipment, design and application, test equipment, image intensification, and cineradiography. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Define fundamental and derived units appropriate to radiation physics.
- Describe the structure of matter, and state defining characteristics of the components.
- Define electrostatics and apply appropriate terms to specific parts of the x-ray machine.
- Define magnetism, identify the relationship to various components of the x-ray machine.
- Define electromagnetisim, identify necessary components, and state the importance to the operation of an x-ray machine.
- Describe the step-up and step-down transformers, identify the section of the x-ray circuit where they are found, and describe their role in the production of x-rays.
- Describe the components of an x-ray tube, identify their function, and relate those functions to rectification of high voltage.
- Idenify two types of x-rays produced in the tube, and the conditions under which each are produced.
- Compare and contrast the production of x-rays under changing controls at the operator's panel.
- Identify critical components of CT and MRI machines, and describe what types of pathologies are best demonstrated by each.