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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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RADT 1040 - Radiographic Exposure Factors

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: The course is an introduction to the science of radiographic image production and explores the details of the principles of radiographic exposure techniques. Topics of discussion include film processing, intensifying screens, grids, contrast, density, control of scatter radiation, and the management of human body variables in image production. Emphasis is placed on methods to minimize radiation exposure to the patient and self. Image production and viewing using the advances of digital radiography and associated computer technology are included. In addition, the course introduces students to the computer network systems that store, transmit, and retrieve digital radiographic images. Students will apply classroom theory in the clinical setting.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): RADT 1020 , RADT 1031  and concurrent enrollment in RADT 1032  and RADT 1781 .
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Beam Restricting Devices
  2. Computers and The Digital Image
  3. Conventional Film Processing and Chemistry
  4. Digital Radiography Acquiring, Processing, Viewing, and Analyzing
  5. Geometric Factors of Detail and Distortion
  6. Grid Construction and Performance
  7. Intensifying Screens
  8. Pathology and Radiation Absorption
  9. Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)
  10. Radiographic Film
  11. Radiographic Technique
  12. X-ray Emission - Quantity versus Quality Mathematics relevant to X-ray Exposure

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss the various types of radiographic film.
  2. describe computed radiography readout parameters and practical considerations in digital image display.
  3. describe the affect of scattered radiation on radiographic images.
  4. analyze digital imaging post-processing parameters to include contrast enhancement, windowing, and edge enhancement.
  5. evaluate radiographic image quality, given a combination of hypothetical radiographic exposure factors.
  6. explain the importance of proper image processing.
  7. describe the components of radiographic film.
  8. state the optimal characteristics of intensifying screens.
  9. explain the components of a picture archiving and communication system (PACS).
  10. differentiate between x-ray quality and x-ray quantity.
  11. explain the characteristics of digital images, image matrix and dynamic range.
  12. describe the various types of beam restricting devices used to minimize patient dose.

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