Radiography (RAD) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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RAD 105 - Introduction to Radiology, Protection and Patient Care
Presents brief history of radiologic profession, code of ethics, conduct for radiologic students, and basic fundamentals of radiation projection. Teaches the care and handling of the sick and injured patient in the Radiology Department. Introduces the use of contrast media necessary in the investigation of the internal organs.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 110 - Imaging Equipment and Protection
Discusses the basic components of a radiographic unit, principles of x-ray production, principles of image receptors, automatic processing, film evaluation and concepts in radiation protection and radiobiology.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 111 - Radiologic Science I
Teaches concepts of radiation, radiography physics, fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, electricity and magnetism, and application of these principles to radiography. Focuses on X-ray production, emission, and X- ray interaction with matter. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 112 - Radiologic Science II
Teaches concepts of radiation, radiography physics, fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, electricity and magnetism, and application of these principles to radiography. Focuses on X-ray production, emission, and X- ray interaction with matter. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 115 - Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Presents concepts of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Physics. Teaches fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance and application of principles. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 121 - Radiographic Procedures I
Introduces procedures for positioning the patient's anatomical structures relative to X-ray beam and image receptor. Emphasizes procedures for routine examination of the chest, abdomen, extremities, and axial skeleton.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 132 - Elementary Clinical Procedures II
Develops advanced technical skills in fundamental radiographic procedures. Focuses on manipulation of equipment, patient care, osseous studies, skull procedures, and contrast studies. Provides clinical experience in cooperating health agencies. Part II of II.
Clinical 15 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 136 - Clinical Procedures in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Develops technical skills in Magnetic Resonance procedures. Focuses on manipulation of equipment, patient care, and procedures.
Clinical 10-15 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 141 - Principles of Radiographic Quality I
Presents factors that control and influence radiographic quality, as well as, various technical conversion factors useful in radiography. Discusses automatic film processing, sensitometry, and quality assurance testing. Prerequisite: Admission to Program. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 142 - Principles of Radiographic Quality II
Presents factors that control and influence radiographic quality, as well as, various technical conversion factors useful in radiography. Discusses automatic film processing, sensitometry, and quality assurance testing. Prerequisite: Admission to Program. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 205 - Radiation Protection and Radiobiology
Studies methods and devices used for protection from ionizing radiation. Teaches theories of biological effects, cell and organism sensitivity, and the somatic and genetic effects of ionizing radiation. Presents current radiation protection philosophy for protecting the patient and technologist.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 206 - Human Disease and Radiography
Introduces the various diseases and anomalies that may be manifested on the radiograph. Presents diseases related to the various body systems. Places emphasis on the relationship of the disease process and radiographic density.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 215 - Correlated Radiographic Theory
Presents intensive correlation of all major radiologic technology subject areas. Studies interrelationships of biology, physics, principles of exposure, radiologic procedures, patient care, and radiation protection.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 221 - Radiographic Procedures II
Continues procedures for positioning the patient's anatomical structures relative to X-ray beam and image receptor. Emphasizes procedures for routine examination of the skull, contrast studies of internal organs, and special procedures employed in the more complicated investigation of the human body.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 225 - Specialized Patient Care Procedure
Focuses on specific nursing procedures associated with routine and emergency conditions encountered in the performance of radiographic examinations. Teaches medication preparation and administration principles.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RAD 240 - Radiographic Pathology
Presents a survey of common medical and surgical disorders that affect radiographic image. Discusses conditions related to different systems of the human body. Studies the correlation of these conditions with radiographs.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 241 - Special Radiographic Imaging Modalities
Surveys various imaging modalities to include the investigation of invasive radiographic procedures, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound.
Lecture 4 hours per week.
4 credits
RAD 242 - Computed Tomography Procedures and Instrumentation
Focuses on the patient care, imaging procedure and physics and instrumentation related to computed tomography imaging. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RAD 245 - Radiologic Specialties
Introduces the study of treatment of disease as it relates to various imaging modalities, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Introduces computers and other innovations in radiology. Emphasizes theory, principle of operation, and clinical application of these topics.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 246 - Special Procedures
Studies special radiographic and surgical procedures and equipment employed in the more complicated investigation of internal conditions of the human body.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RAD 247 - Cross-Sectional Anatomy
Presents a specialized study of cross-sectional anatomy relevant to sectional imaging modalities such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. Prerequisite: ARRT or eligible.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
RAD 255 - Radiographic Equipment
Studies principles and operation of general and specialized X-ray equipment.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 256 - Radiographic Film Evaluation
Presents a concentrated study and practical evaluation of radiographic quality and disease affects on radiographs. Focuses on technical factors, procedural factors, equipment malfunctions, and other difficulties associated with radiographs. Prerequisites: BIO 141, 142, RAD 111, 112, 121, 221.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RAD 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RAD 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits