PCC/ CCOG / RAD

Course Content and Outcome Guide for RAD 254

Course Number:
RAD 254
Course Title:
CT Physics, Equipment and Instrumentation
Credit Hours:
2
Lecture Hours:
20
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Introduces Computed Tomography theory and application, patient care, CT safety, imaging procedures, data acquisition and processing and the physical principles of image formation. Prerequisites: Department permission required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

apply knowledge or an understanding of:
A. CT theory and physical principles

B. Radiation safety issues in CT

C. CT imaging protocol differences and advantages

D. CT contrast agent types, dosages and safety issues

E. CT equipment and instrumentation
In order to competently and safely perform CT procedures at a basic level
 

Course Activities and Design

The student will learn CT safety, patient care, theory and applications to prepare them to function as a CT Technologist.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A. Successful completion of on-line study units.
B. Successful completion of classroom exercises and homework.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The student will demonstrate understanding of the following themes, issues, concepts, and develop the following skills:
• Characteristics of X-radiation
• Historical Development of Computed Tomography
• CT Scanner Generations
• CT Scanner Components and Operation
• Image Display, Manipulation, Recording and Archiving
• Image Quality in Computed Tomography
• Radiation Protection Practices
• Helical / Spiral Computed Tomography
• Virtual CT
• Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
• Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
• CT Radiation Therapy Planning
• CT Image Artifacts