|1. Description - |
|First of four courses that includes clinical participation and application of basic positioning, patient care, equipment manipulation, radiation protection and image analysis. Emphasis is placed on chest, abdomen and upper & lower extremity radiography. A clinical presentation is also required with the same emphasis. Intended for students in the radiologic technology program.|
|Prerequisite: R T 53.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Demonstrate accuracy in radiation protection for the patient, personnel, and self.
- Exhibit knowledge, understanding, and dexterity in the proper use of radiographic equipment.
- Adhere to the Program's standards of attendance, punctuality, and dependability.
- Conduct themselves in a professional manner with co-workers, the public, and other hospital staff.
- Apply theory to practice by exhibiting ongoing, satisfactory job performance skills.
- Select proper technical factors for radiographic procedures on an average patient.
- Exhibit proper positioning skills as outlined by department protocol.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various nursing procedures and basic patient care.
- Develop and deliver an oral presentation as outlined in the Clinical Education Manual.
- Demonstrate competence on radiographic procedures of the chest, abdomen and upper & lower extremities as outlined in the Clinical Education Manual.
- Critique images of the chest, abdomen and upper & lower extremities for radiographic quality.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Rotation to clinical affiliate with energized x-ray equipment
- Laptop for viewing digital teaching file in the clinical setting
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Radiation Protection (Lab)
- Closing doors during procedures and exposures.
- Shielding all patients.
- Collimating to image receptor size and/or part size.
- Protecting self and others from irradiation by wearing aprons, gloves, and dosimeter.
- Keeping repeats to a minimum.
- Patient pregnancy status.
- Equipment (Lab)
- Competency and proficiency with equipment.
- Safety precautions
- Effective manipulation of control panel.
- Punctuality and dependability (Lab)
- Punctuality in reporting to the room at the start of a shift; being in assigned room and ready for patient at least 5 minutes before start of shift.
- Minimum loss of time due to absenteeism.
- Taking proper length of time for breaks according to department policy.
- Properly notifying the department in case of absence or tardiness.
- Communicating whereabouts appropriately.
- Co-Worker, Hospital Relationships (Lab)
- Being tactful and courteous with staff and others.
- Taking the initiative and helping other staff members.
- Working as a team with the technologist.
- Accepting constructive criticism.
- Conducting oneself in a professional manner.
- Adhering to dress code.
- Communicating effectively and following instructions.
- Contributing to a pleasant work environment.
- Job Performance (Lab)
- Marking all radiographs according to department protocol.
- Planning and organizing work efficiently
- Being alert and interested in what is happening in the room and asking pertinent questions.
- Reading and understanding the requisition and properly identifying the patient.
- Maintaining a neat, clean, and well-stocked room
- Communicating effectively.
- Following verbal instructions with multiple steps.
- Making effective use of free time.
- Completing the exam in a reasonable amount of time.
- Demonstrating proper ethical behavior
- Technical Factors (Lab)
- Setting the control panel accurately for an exposure.
- Understanding how various mA, kV, time, and distance factors effect the radiographic image.
- Being able to differentiate between phototiming and manual technique.
- Checking control panel before exposure.
- Positioning (Lab)
- Knowing department routines for exams stated in objectives.
- Knowing specific centering for each part radiographed including angulation of the x-ray tube and body part.
- Positioning the patient carefully and accurately; using proper immobilization.
- Identifying basic anatomy and critiquing images.
- Handling patients gently when positioning, using concise instructions, and watching patient during breathing instructions.
- Patient Care and Nursing Procedures (Lab)
- Communicating effectively with the patient.
- Explaining exam to the patient.
- Using a safe approach when transferring patients.
- Knowing the location of emergency equipment and supplies.
- Proper handling of a patient with IV's and catheters.
- Applying surgical and medical asepsis when drawing up syringes and working around a sterile field.
- Completing the exam in a reasonable amount of time.
- Student Presentation (Lab)
- Protocol and procedure
- Image analysis
- Competency in performing chest, abdomen and upper & lower extremity radiographic procedures (Lab)
- Radiation protection significance
- Equipment utilization
- Technical factor selection
- Positioning landmarks and skills
- Image receptor and marker use
- Patient management and care
- Image quality and anatomy
- Image Evaluation (Lab)
- Anatomic structures shown
- Positioning and patient instructions
- Collimation and central ray
- Technical and exposure criteria
- Image markers and identifiers
- Related pathology
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
|Clinical performance evaluation |
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
- Foothill College. RT Clinical Education Competency Manual.
- Foothill College. RT Student Handbook.
- Foothill College. RT Clinical Competency Handbook.
- Bontrager, Kenneth. Textbook of Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy. 8th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: C. V. Mosby, 2013. ISBN-978-0-3230-8388-1
|8. Disciplines - |
|Radiologic Technology |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Cooperative learning exercises
- Oral presentations
|10. Lab Content - |
- Radiologic Technology clinical practice.
- Radiation protection
- Equipment operation
- Image production
- Image evaluation
- Radiographic procedures and
- Patient care in a clinical setting.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Clinical research
- Oral presentation and powerpoint based on assigned topic.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is required core course for the A.S. degree in Radiologic Technology. |