Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
RAD 209
Course Title:
Advanced Radiological Procedures
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Course Description

Covers contrast media, fluoroscopic exams and special procedures involving the following systems: CNS, biliary, mammary, female reproductive, respiratory, pancreatic and salivary. Also covers techniques and equipment used to catheterize the vascular system, indications for various vascular procedures, contrast agents used for specific procedures and selective vascular anatomy. Department permission required. Prerequisites: RAD 105.

Addendum to Course Description

Advanced Radiographic Procedures is required as part of the Radiologic Technology degree 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.
Safety is extremely important; therefore, 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, if you have a disability so that appropriate accommodations can be made for your course of study.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Participate as a team member in advanced radiographic procedures using appropriate patient care, preparation and positioning.
To evaluate radiographic images for diagnostic quality to determine anatomy/function is demonstrated.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Assist in the performance of advanced radiographic procedures in the clinical setting.
  • Prepare a case study report of an advanced radiographic procedure including radiographic images.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, issues and concepts
Contrast Media

  • Characteristics and Solution Chemistry of Contrast Media
  • Types of Contrast Media
  • Side Effects of Contrast Media


  • Relevant anatomy
  • Procedures


  • Relevant Anatomy and Pathologic condition
  • Procedures for Sialography


  • Relevant Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cholegraphic Modalities
  • Retrieval of Retained Calculi
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Ductography
  • Relevant Anatomy
  • Procedure


  • Relevant Anatomy and Physiology
  • Breast Cancer Statistics
  • Radiographic Considerations

Female Reproductive Organs

  • Relevant Anatomy
  • Hysterosalpingography

Angiographic Procedural Equipment and Basic Procedures

  • Catheters/Vessel Dilators
  • Guide Wires/Needles
  • Vascular Entry Techniques

Visceral Angiography

  • Aortography
  • Cardiovascular
  • Angiocardiography

Cerebral Angiography

  • Anatomy
  • Procedure(s)

Peripheral Arteriography

  • Anatomy
  • Procedure(s)

Vascular Intervential Procedures

  • Techniques to reduce blood flow
  • Techniques to increase blood flow

1. Determine equipment and supplies necessary for each of the procedures in this unit.
2. Indicate the contrast media typically used and route of administration for each of the procedures.
3. Explain patient preparation for various advanced procedures, also include indications, contraindications and complications.
4. Analyze radiographs to identify the specific study being done, the structure visualized and the function that is demonstrated.