Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 100
Course Title:
Introduction to Radiology
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Course Description

Introduces the health care team and various aspects of radiological sciences. Includes medical ethics, professional organizations, medicolegal considerations, communication, cultural diversity, basic radiation protection, fundamental technical components, radiological history, health care organizations and medical specialties. Department permission required.

Addendum to Course Description

Introduction to Radiology (RAD 100) is required as part of the Radiography Program.  It is also a prerequisite for taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination for certification in Radiography.  Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the student wishes to transfer.
Prior to enrolling in this course, the student must be accepted in the Radiography Program and have completed the required prerequisite courses.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Model professional behavior within a health care setting.
2. Integrate radiation protection procedures for self and patient in the
3  Build a foundation to move successfully through subsequent radiography 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Various media are used in presenting the course content.  Diagrams, schematics, slides, videos, and other visual aids are used in the lecture/discussion sessions.  These sessions are designed to be relevant to the skills and knowledge the student will need in the application of radio-logical imaging.
Safety is extremely important: therefore is taught throughout this course. Pertinent safety points are noted in this course.

Review mediocolegal scenarios and identify applicable legal doctrines and the role of the radiographer based on practice standards and
scopes of practice.
2. Complete radiography exercises in a simulated laboratory situation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The student will demonstrate understanding of the following themes,
issues, concepts and develop the following skills:
Radiographic Terminology
Radiographic Equipment/Basic radiographic components
Basic Radiation Protection
Patient Bill of Rights
ASRT Code of Ethics
Health Care Organizations
Radiology Department Operations
Scopes of Practice
Patient and Health Care Effective Communication
Radiology History
Professional Organizations
Career Ladder of Radiographer
Patient Confidentiality
Cultural Diversity
1.Utilize radiographic terminology in the health care setting.
2.Identify categories of radiographic equipment and its use.
3.Perform basic radiation protection procedures while working in the
clinical environment.
4.Discuss historical and professional issues and organizations
associated with the radiologic technology profession.
5.Identify activities under the "Scopes of Practice".
6.Recognize expected professional behaviors and begin to model these
behaviors that are consistent with the professions√ɬć ethical standards
and legal requirements.
7.Communicate effectively with diverse types of patients and health care
8.Describe the organization and operation of the typical radiology
department within the broader context of the health care system.
9.Practice cultural sensitivity.