X-ray courses are usually available through associate's programs in radiologic technology and radiography; however, limited X-ray courses are available through certificate programs for limited X-ray operators or medical assistants. Unlike radiologic technologists who may perform a variety of complex imaging methods, limited X-ray operators perform only the most basic X-ray procedures, which is why these programs have fewer training requirements. Students in a limited X-ray training course will be required to capture and critique X-rays, and most programs will include some clinical experience in this field. Topics in classes are as follows:
- Pre-existing conditions
- Radiation exposure
- Underdeveloped images
- Proper patient positioning
- Machine function
- Patient comfort
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List of Courses
X-Ray Technology Course
This introductory course familiarizes students with the correct way to use common X-ray equipment. Students learn about the dangers of radiation exposure and study preventative safety measures. Students also begin to capture radiographic images. They critique finished images for accuracy and discuss what the images reveal.
Radiation Safety Course
X-ray equipment safety, proper equipment use and patient safety are some of the topics covered in this course. Candidates study the way the X-ray machines work. They take, process and assess radiographic images. Candidates learn to qualify patients, making sure they don't have pre-existing conditions that could worsen as a result of X-ray exposure.
X-Ray Theory Course
In this course, students practice multiple techniques for developing radiographic images. Students learn how different elements, such as overexposure, underexposure and lighting, can affect the quality and integrity of images. Usually, this course touches on elements of radiation safety and protection, both for the technician and the patients.
Candidates gain a basic familiarity with parts of the human body, observe how radiation affects different parts of the human body and learn how radiation affects various living matter. Students learn additional radiation safety precautionary procedures and observe the ways radiation can affect X-ray technicians and patients. Techniques for reducing the negative effects of radiation are also addressed.
Clinical Experience in Radiology Technology Course
Clinical experience courses are part of limited X-ray technician programs, progressing in difficulty as students develop their abilities. These courses provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience doing what they learn in class. Candidates develop radiographic images in darkrooms. They also gain experience positioning X-ray equipment to capture different parts of the human body. X-ray students often photograph more challenging areas as they progress, while learning techniques for comforting and preparing patients.