Radiation science is used for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes in the healthcare industry. Radiation science classes and programs are available at both 2-year and 4-year schools at the associate's, bachelor's and graduate degree levels. Courses cover radiation safety, anatomy and physiology, how to operate medical radiation devices and how radiation is used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in medicine.
Here are some concepts commonly explored in radiation science courses:
- Fluoroscopic equipment
- Radiation safety
- Mobile radiography
- Patient management
List of Classes
Fundamentals of Radiology and Radiation
This course covers the basics of radiation therapy and the tools used for radiology, such as X-rays or sonograms. Students learn how these tools are used to diagnose and treat disease. Students may also be introduced to legal issues in patient care and the use of radiation science as a healthcare tool.
Anatomy and Physiology
An anatomy and physiology course in a radiation science program covers human disease and body systems. Students are introduced to the names and locations of muscles, bones and body systems. Time is spent on specific body systems, such as the skeletal, muscular and respiratory systems. Instruction is given on how radiation science can affect the diagnosis or treatment of disease within each of these human body systems. Medical terminology may also be covered.
This course is taught from the perspective of both the patient and the user of radiation science techniques. Students learn how radiation affects disease, patients and healthcare professionals from a user standpoint. Specific topics include the make-up of radiation tools, machines and structures. Students learn to protect themselves and their patients from unnecessary exposure to radiation, what to do in instances of over exposure and which regulatory laws pertain to the use of radiation.
Laws and Ethics
This course covers radiation science law and regulations, in addition to ethical procedures and laws for general healthcare professionals. Skills are developed in patient relations and working in conjunction with other healthcare professionals. Students in this class also learn ethics, laws and regulations concerning patient information and confidentiality.
This course teaches students to use and maintain common radiologic tools and equipment, including X-ray and ultrasound machines. This course may be taken as an overview of all radiation science equipment or may be broken into specific areas of study pertaining directly to nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or radiology.