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Health Careers Education
Imaging Equipment, Processing, and PACS
This course will cover the basics of darkroom safety, setting up the film processor, cleaning and maintaining the processor, patient film identification, and entering patient data.
Lara Skaggs
-Discuss primary, scatter, and remnant radiation.
-Describe the fundamentals of image production.
-Discuss radiographic quality in terms of density, contrast, recorded detail. and distortion.
-List the major factors that influence radiographic quality.
-Differentiate sharpness of detail from visibility of detail.
-Calculate radiographic exposure factors.
-Describe film/screen imaging, fluoroscopic imaging, and digital imaging.
-Explain radiographic equipment manipulation.
-List the generic components of a radiographic system.
-Locate the x-ray tube in a radiographic room.
-Describe the purpose of the collimator and its importance in radiation protection.
-Describe the various types of radiographic tables and how they are operated.
-Identify the major controls on the radiographic system control console.
-Describe the various types of radiographic tube stands and how they are manipulated.
-Describe the various planes of x-ray tube movement and how they are controlled.
-Explain the purpose of the upright wall Bucky system and cassette holder.
-Discuss the concept of alignment of the various radiographic system components.
-Demonstrate the functions of various radiographic system components
-Describe the movement of the fluoroscopic tower.
-Describe the two major types of mobile systems.
-Explain the process of film development.
-Describe the synergistic properties of automatic processor reducing agents.
-Identify the primary chemical and its function for each of the developer and fixer agents.
-Explain the process of film fixation.
-Explain the washing and drying process of film archiving.
-Describe the functions of the subsystems of an automatic processor.
-Discuss the design of a radiographic darkroom, including entrances, pass boxes, centralized and decentralized plans, and ventilation.
-Explain the rationale for the use of silver recovery systems.
-Compare the advantages and disadvantages of metallic replacement, electrolytic, chemicalprecipitation, and resin silver recovery units.
-Describe the difference between analog and digital computers.
-Describe the difference between programs and data.
-State reasons why binary machine code is used in place of other languages.
-Describe the basic function of a central processing unit, a read-only memory, and random-access memory.
-Describe the basic function of various memory storage and input and output devices.
-Explain the basic function of an array processor.
-Describe the process of digital image data acquisition.
-Describe the effects of frequency,contrast, and noise on digital image quality.
-Explain the function of digital image window level and width controls.
-Identify parts and functions of the processor.
-Prepare processor for operation.
-Maintain darkroom integrity.
-Restock film.
-Flash radiograph with patient identification.
-Process radiographs.
-Reload and clean cassettes.
-Match radiographs with correct jacket and requisition.
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Diagnostic Services Radiology Aide