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: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- 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.
- Spring 2013 (current quarter)