Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 102
Course Title:
Radiographic Positioning II
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Course Description

Basic positioning techniques used in radiography of the digestive system, urinary system and continuation of the upper and lower extremities. Lab includes peer positioning, film critique, anatomical identification, pathologies and an energized section using phantoms. Department permission required. Prerequisites: RAD 101.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is the second in a series of four courses on radiographic positioning. Radiographic Positioning II is required as part of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiography and is a prerequisite for examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology for certification in Radiography. Transferability of credit depends entirely upon the institution to which the student elects to transfer. The laboratory portion that accompanied this course requires the student to image phantoms, utilize peer positioning, participate in film critique anatomical identification, pathological discussion, use of ionization radiation , processing chemicals and contrast media medications and reactions.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate anatomical structures on an image receptor.
2. Evaluate radiographic images for diagnostic quality.

Course Activities and Design

  • This course will cover anatomy, osteology, pathology, and anomalies pertinent to radiography of the areas being studied.
  • Lecture, discussion, and/or demonstration are the means by which the material for this course is presented. Small group work and student presentation may be required.
  • The laboratory portion that accompanies this course requires the student to image phantoms, utilize peer positioning, participate in film critique, anatomical identification, and pathological discussion.
  • Class attendance is required to receive a grade in this course.
  • 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 radiological imaging. There will be reading assignments from required textbooks, outside reading assignments, film critique, anatomical identification, and class projects.
  • Safety is extremely important and is taught throughout this course. Pertinent safety points are noted in this course. Please contact the department director or the Office of Students with Disabilities, Sylvania ST 229, if you have a disability so that appropriate accommodations can be made for your course of study.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Produce diagnostic images of anatomical structures using selected positions.
  2. Critique images using a systematic approach.
  3. Simulate the correct positioning for a randomly chosen radio- graphic exam.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes Concepts & Issues:
1. Lower Extremity
1.1.0 Radiographic Positioning and Pathology
1.2.0 Film Critique and Anatomy
2. Shoulder and Humerus
2.1.0 Radiographic Positioning and Pathology
2.2.0 Film Critique and Anatomy
3. Urinary Tract
3.1.0 Excretory and Retrograde Urography Positioning and Pathology
3.2.0 Cystourethrography Positioning and Pathology
3.3.0 Film Critique and Anatomy of Urinary Tract
4. Gastrointestinal Tract
4.1.0 Esophagus Positioning and Pathology
4.2.0 Stomach and Duodenum Positioning and Pathology
4.3.0 Small Bowel Positioning Positioning and Pathology
4.4.0 Colon Positioning Positioning and Pathology
4.5.0 Film Critique and Anatomy of Gastrointestinal Tract
Process Skills:

  1. Evaluate and identify radiographic anatomy.
  2. Assess diagnostic image quality.
  3. Modify positioning and/or technical factors.
  4. Analyze the effect of pathology as it relates to patient care and the production of the image.
  5. Operate radiographic equipment and utilize radiographic accessories.
  6. Communicate appropriately and constructively with the patient.
  7. Utilize safe transfer techniques.
  8. Practice appropriate radiation safety techniques for personnel and patients.