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Course Number:
RAD 211A
Course Title:
The Study of Imaging Modalities
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Course Description

Introduces computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, sonography, and radiation therapy. Prerequisites: RAD 107 and department permission.

Addendum to Course Description

The student will receive instruction on advanced imaging equipment which includes CT, MRI, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and ultrasound.

The Survey of Imaging Modalities 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.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Describe physics fundamentals for computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, sonography and radiation therapy.
  • Differentiate applications of each modality for specific pathologies.
  • Explain the imaging routines and sequencing of exams in response to patient and staff inquires.

Aspirational Goals

Apply knowledge of advanced imaging technologies to make informed decisions about professional growth in the medical field.

Course Activities and Design

The student will be required to gather information about advanced imaging modalities by reading and summarizing professional journals, participating in assignments, guest lectures and group discussion, and observing advanced imaging modalities in clinic.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Read and summarize a professional journal article regarding an advanced imaging procedure.

2. Write a report about how to obtain an advanced imaging certification.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts and Issues:

Computed Tomography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Radiation Therapy

Nuclear Medicine


Process Skills:

1. Analyze equipment requirements  for CT compared to diagnostic radiography.

2. Use safety measure for all persons in a MRI unit magnetic field.

3. Develop an understanding of cancer treatment using large doses of radiation.

4. Identify various radioactive tracers used for diagnostic imaging.

5. Analyze sound waves used for diagnostic exams.