d. Human Structure and Function. Outlined in this course are the structure
and functions of the human body, with emphasis on cells, tissues, bones, organs,
systems and their interrelationships. Also discussed are particular radiographic
e. Principles of Radiographic Exposure. Primary factors affecting the
production of radiographic images and secondary factors affecting their quality are
considered. Laboratory exercises are used to demonstrate the application of these
factors and to validate theories and concepts presented in the classroom.
f. Imaging Equipment. This course presents an overview of the equipment
routinely used to produce diagnostic images, with particular emphasis on frequently
used imaging equipment, recording media, and associated imaging techniques.
g. Radiographic Film Processing. This course introduces the basic principles
of radiographic film processing. Specific topics covered include: requirements for the
processing area, types of film, film holders, intensifying screens, processing procedures,
h. Radiographic Procedures. Procedures for taking radiographs and special
studies of the upper and lower extremities, trunk, skull, digestive and urinary systems
i. Evaluation of Radiographs. This course considers criteria for evaluating
radiologic examination requests, film identification, and radiographic quality. It draws on
the knowledge and skills gained from a number of other courses in this curriculum.
j. Radiation Physics. This is an introductory physics course that emphasizes
fundamentals of x-ray generation, production, beam characteristics, and units of
k. Principles of Radiation Protection. The x-ray technologist's responsibilities
in minimizing radiation exposure to the patient, other personnel, and the public at large
are considered. It is designed to allay the fear that the word "radiation" arouses in both
x-ray technologists and patients. Specific topics include the use of beam restrictive
devices, patient shielding techniques, proper screen-film combinations, accurate
assessment and implementation of appropriate exposure factors, maximum permissible
doses, and regulatory limitations.
I. Principles of Radiation Biology. This course introduces principles of beam
formation and radiation interaction, with specific emphasis on the effects of radiation on
cells, factors affecting cell response, and acute and chronic effects of radiation.
m. Radiographic Pathology. In this course, the impact of disease and
abnormalities on the performance of radiographic procedures is considered.