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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
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RADT 2030 - Radiation Physics and Quality Control

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab 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. This course requires students to be concurrently enrolled in RADT 2020  and RADT 2783 .
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): RADT 1782  and RADT 2000  
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Computers in radiology
  2. Digital vs. computerized radiography
  3. Electromagnetic radiation
  4. Fluoroscopy
  5. Quality control
  6. The X-ray imaging system
  7. The X-ray tube
  8. X-ray emission spectrum
  9. X-ray interaction with matter
  10. X-ray production

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

  1. Discuss the electromagnetic spectrum in relation to x-rays.
  2. Draw a schematic of a basic x-ray imaging system and label major components of the unit.
  3. Describe the general design of an x-ray tube.
  4. Interpret various x-ray tube heating and anode charts.
  5. Differentiate between characteristic and bremsstrahlung x-rays by discussing origin of production.
  6. State the four principle factors influencing the shape of an x-ray emission spectrum.
  7. Describe the five major ways x-rays interact with matter.
  8. Identify the purpose of each component of the fluoroscopic imaging intensifying tube.
  9. Define basic terms related to computer processing and application programs.
  10. Identify the properties of both electricity and magnetism that are applicable to radiation physics.
  11. Analyze several basic quality control tests in the radiology department.
  12. Describe an adequate quality assurance program as prescribed by the JCAHO.
  13. Explain the significance of PACS in modern diagnostic imaging departments.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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