Dec 01, 2021
RADT 2030 - Radiation Physics and Quality Control Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: During this course the basics of x-ray circuitry, production of x-radiation and basic operation of energized x-ray and fluoroscopic units are reviewed. Additionally, the differences between digital and computerized imaging will be introduced. This course will place emphasis on quality control testing in the imaging department. Some basic quality control testing will be observed and analyzed by the students.
Prerequisite(s): RADT 1782 , RADT 2000 and concurrent enrollment in RADT 2020 and RADT 2783 .
- Computers in radiology
- Digital vs. computerized radiography
- Electromagnetic radiation
- Quality control
- The X-ray imaging system
- The X-ray tube
- X-ray emission spectrum
- X-ray interaction with matter
- X-ray production
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- Discuss the electromagnetic spectrum in relation to x-rays.
- Draw a schematic of a basic x-ray imaging system and label major components of the unit.
- Describe the general design of an x-ray tube.
- Interpret various x-ray tube heating and anode charts.
- Differentiate between characteristic and bremsstrahlung x-rays by discussing origin of production.
- State the four principle factors influencing the shape of an x-ray emission spectrum.
- Describe the five major ways x-rays interact with matter.
- Identify the purpose of each component of the fluoroscopic imaging intensifying tube.
- Define basic terms related to computer processing and application programs.
- Identify the properties of both electricity and magnetism that are applicable to radiation physics.
- Analyze several basic quality control tests in the radiology department.
- Describe an adequate quality assurance program as prescribed by the JCAHO.
- Explain the significance of PACS in modern diagnostic imaging departments.
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