Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MRI 271
Course Title:
MRI Clinical I
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Course Description

Provides clinical education experience in an affiliated hospital Magnetic Resonance Imaging Department under the supervision of a Registered MR Technologist and Radiologist. Includes application of equipment manipulation and operation, MR imaging procedures, MR safety, medicolegal and ethical protocol, record keeping and patient care. Requires clinical competencies, objectives, performance assessment and attendance. The student will learn the necessary skills that are required to function in the clinical area as a MR Technologist and will develop and exhibit proper professional work ethic. Department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

A. Participate as a team member in the workflow of the MR Department.
B. Demonstrate fundamental skills in performing routine MR exams, patient care and MR safety.

Course Activities and Design

The student will be required to gather information and develop skills by observing and assisting the MR Technologist in MR examinations/procedures, patient care, MR safety, equipment manipulation, and infection control.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A. Complete MR examinations (clinical competencies).
B. Complete the exercises in the clinical syllabus.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The student will demonstrate understanding of the following themes, issues, concepts, and develop the following skills:
Ø Policies/Procedures for Hospital/Department Emergencies
Ø Proper MR Patient Assessment and Screening
Ø Infection Control, Vital Signs and Monitoring in the MR Environment
Ø Basic MR Safety Practices
Ø Patient Confidentiality, Informed Consent
Ø ASRT Code of Ethics, Patient Bill of Rights
Ø Body Mechanics and Patient Transfer
Ø Basic MR Equipment and Supplies
Ø Image Formation and Reconstruction
Ø Software and Hardware Components
Ø Contrast Agents and Applications
Ø Image Processing and Storage
Ø Perform Basic MR Examinations
Ø Evaluate images for image quality and completeness of exam
A. Demonstrate safe patient transfer and carrier manipulation.
B. Communicate and interact appropriately with patients and other health care personnel.
C. Provide basic patient care
D. Practice Universal/Standard Precautions in the hospital.
E. Prepare MR rooms for exams and correctly operates MR equipment and image processors.
F. Practice behaviors that are consistent with the professions ethical standards and legal requirements.
G. Practice MR safety and screening practices.
H. Obtain basic competencies and repetitions as required by ARRT.