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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Current ARRT and CRT certification as a Radiologic Technologist.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
40 hours clinical laboratory. (480 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Demonstrate proper equipment manipulation and assist in the performance of computed tomography procedures, applying appropriate patient care and radiation protection principles in the clinical setting.
  • Critique and distinguish relevant sectional anatomy and pathology related to computed tomography.
Description -
A practicum in a computed tomography department. Practical experience is implemented to expose the post-graduate radiologic technology student to the principles of CT with emphasis on mastery of the knowledge, insight and skills required to perform CT procedures. 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. demonstrate accuracy in radiation protection for the patient, personnel, and self.
  2. exhibit knowledge and understanding in the proper use of the CT equipment.
  3. adhere to standards of attendance, punctuality and dependability.
  4. conduct themselves in a professional manner.
  5. apply theory to practice by exhibiting ongoing, satisfactory job performance skills.
  6. select proper scanning parameters and patient positioning as outlined by the department protocols.
  7. demonstrate knowledge and application of various patient care techniques.
  8. differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy as it relates to CT imaging.
  9. critique and evaluate CT images for good diagnostic quality.
  10. prepare a case study presentation based on literature search and clinical experience.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Clinical Setting: Computed Tomography Equipment.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Radiation Protection (Lab)
    1. Shielding
    2. Protocols
    3. Pediatric Imaging
  2. Computed Tomography Equipment (Lab)
    1. Principles of Operation
    2. System Components
  3. Punctuality and Dependability (Lab)
    1. Clinic time reporting
    2. Absenteeism
    3. Communicating whereabouts appropriately.
  4. Professional Conduct (Lab)
    1. Taking initiative
    2. Communicating effectively.
    3. Conducting oneself in a professional manner.
  5. Job Performance (Lab)
    1. Scanning according to protocol.
    2. Planning and organizing work efficiently.
    3. Being alert and interested in examinations.
    4. Reading and understanding requisition.
    5. Communicating effectively.
    6. Completing exam in a reasonable amount of time.
  6. Scanning Procedures (Lab)
    1. Patient Positioning
    2. Protocol Selection
    3. Parameter Selection
    4. Documentation of Procedure
    5. Radiation Protection
  7. Patient Care (Lab)
    1. Requisition/Medical Record Evaluation
    2. Room Preparation
    3. Patient Assessment
    4. Patient History/Allergies
    5. Universal Precautions
    6. Patient Discharge/Post-procedure Instructions
  8. Sectional Anatomy (Lab)
    1. Head and Neck
    2. Thorax
    3. Abdomen
    4. Pelvis
    5. Spine Extremities
  9. Image Display/Quality (Lab)
    1. Image Display
    2. Archiving
    3. Artifact Identification
  10. Case Study Presentation (Lab)
    1. Topic Selection
    2. Presentation Development
    3. Oral Presentation
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Presentation Project: Case Study.
  2. Clinical Performance Evaluation.
  3. Modality Quiz.
Representative Text(s) -
Seeram, Euclid. Computed Tomography; Physical Principles, Clinical Applications & QC. 3rd Edition, W.B. Saunders. 2008. ISBN 9781416028956

Disciplines -
Radiologic Technology
Method of Instruction -
Discussion, Demonstration, Clinical Practice.
Lab Content -
  1. Radiologic Technology (Computed Tomography) clinical practice.
    1. Radiation protection.
    2. Equipment operation.
    3. Physics and instrumentation.
    4. Imaging procedures.
    5. Patient care in a clinical setting.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments as required by the Computed Tomography Department.
  2. Development of a case study presentation.