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Effective: Summer 2014

Corequisites: Corequisite: R T 50.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
4 hours clinical laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate proper equipment manipulation, patient positioning, and anatomic image evaluation for the abdomen procedure in the clinical setting.
  • Perform proper assessment of vital signs and performance of safe patient transport in the radiology department.
Description -
Orientation to radiation sciences, with emphasis on clinical participation. Intended for students in the Radiologic Technology Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify various radiology departments and procedures.
  2. explain and perform radiation protective measures to self and patient.
  3. manipulate and identify basic x-ray equipment and accessory items.
  4. explain necessary steps for radiographic image processing.
  5. perform and explain patient transfer techniques.
  6. execute basic vital sign assessment.
  7. perform positioning for a routine abdomen procedure.
  8. describe and demonstrate infection control techniques.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clinical sites.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Orientation to Radiology Department (Lab)
    1. Hospital / Department Tour
    2. Introduction to Staff
    3. Review Policies and Procedures
    4. Patient Processing
      1. Registration
      2. Waiting / dressing rooms
      3. Confidentiality of patient information.
  2. Radiation Protection (Lab)
    1. Closing doors
    2. Gonadal shields
    3. Aprons and gloves
    4. Department protocols
  3. Equipment Manipulation (Lab)
    1. Tube locks
    2. Table movements
    3. Control panel
    4. Bucky
  4. Introduction to Image Processing (Lab)
    1. Image Receptors Sizes
    2. Image Manipulation
    3. Image Processor Manipulation
  5. Proper way to transfer patients from wheelchairs and gurneys (Lab)
    1. Body mechanics
    2. Locks
    3. Patient safety
    4. Lifting methods
  6. Vital signs (Lab)
    1. Blood pressure
    2. Pulse
    3. Respirations
  7. Mock Abdomen Positioning (Lab)
    1. Central ray centering
    2. Positioning landmarks
    3. Cassette placement
    4. Markers
  8. Infection Control and Universal Precautions (Lab)
    1. Medical Asepsis
    2. Surgical Asepsis
    3. Environmental Asepsis
      1. Linens
      2. Handwashing
      3. Chemical Disinfectants
      4. Department Policies
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Mock Abdomen Skills Test.
  2. Vital Signs Skills Test.
  3. Clinical Evaluation Assessment Tool.
Representative Text(s) -
  1. Foothill College (RT): Clinical Education Manual-Orientation.
  2. Foothill College (RT): Student Handbook.
  3. Foothill College (RT): Student Clinical Competency Handbook.

Disciplines -
Radiologic Technology.
Method of Instruction -
Demonstration and Discussion.
Lab Content -
  1. Radiologic Technology clinical practice.
    1. Radiation protection.
    2. Equipment operation.
    3. Image production.
    4. Image evaluation.
    5. Radiographic procedures.
    6. Patient care in a clinical setting.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Required reading from Clinical Education Manuals.