2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

RAD 150 - Radiographic Technique II

Description: Principles and operation of digital imaging systems with an emphasis on image acquisition, display, archiving and retrieval. Includes principles of digital system quality assurance and maintenance.

Prerequisites: RAD 170 .

Corequisite: RAD 135  and RAD 140  and RAD 160 .

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Terminology
  2. Digital principles
  3. Image acquisition and processing
  4. Image acquisition errors
  5. Fundamental principles of exposure
  6. Digital image evaluation
  7. Quality assurance and maintenance issues
  8. Display monitors
  9. Patient exposure
  10. Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Define terminology associated with digital imaging systems. (1)
  2. Describe the basic principles of digital radiography including digital image characteristics and digital receptors. (2)
  3. Describe the histogram and the process or histogram analysis as it relates to automatic rescaling and determining an exposure indicator. (3)
  4. Employ appropriate beam/part/receptor alignment to avoid histogram analysis errors. (4)
  5. Describe the response of photostimulable storage phosphor (PSP) systems to background and scatter radiation (4)
  6. Evaluate the spatial resolution and dose effectiveness for digital radiography detectors. (5)
  7. Relate the exposure receptor indicator values to technical factors, system calibration, part/beam/plate alignment and patient exposure. (5,7,9)
  8. Identify grid use errors associated with grid cut off and the Moiré effect. (6)
  9. dentify maintenance procedures and a process to minimize histogram analysis and rescaling errors. (4,7)
  10. Evaluate the effect of a given exposure change on histogram shape, data width, and image appearance. (8)
  11. Examine the potential impact of digital radiographic systems on patient exposure and methods of practicing the As Low as Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) concept. (9)
  12. Describe Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) components, function and associated principles. (10)
  13. Identify common problems associated with retrieving and viewing images within a PACS. (10)