Radiography technician courses are typically taken as requirements for an associate's degree in radiography. These courses may also be part of other degree or certificate programs for the training of healthcare professionals. Many courses include both formal lectures and practical skills training, and clinical externships or internships are often required.
Coursework in this field covers the following topics:
- Job safety
- Patient positioning
- Radiology equipment
- Film an image processing
- Anatomy and physiology
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List of Courses
An introductory level radiography course is often offered first for a broad overview of the topic. Students will study the use for radiography in a healthcare setting and any legal or ethical concepts pertaining to radiography and the care of a patient. Students then learn about radiology machines and digital imaging, including darkroom or processing work. Specific areas of study within this course may include digital radiography, computer radiography and picture archiving. Radiography courses are also offered at advanced levels later on.
Radiographic Exposure Course
In a radiographic exposure class, students learn the makeup of x-ray machines along with other forms and structures of radiographic machines. Specific class topics include factors for radiation exposure, atomic structure, protecting against radiation, distortion, quality control, and factors that can affect the quality of a radiographic image.
Positioning for Radiology Course
As radiography can be used to detect a variety of diseases or complications all over the body, radiography technicians should be aware of the different positioning options in order to collect adequate data through the image collection process. A positioning for radiology course introduces students to radiographic terminology and the various body positions that can be used for x-ray exams. Students may take one or more positioning courses, depending on the program.
Radiographic Equipment Course
This course provides an introduction to x-ray machines and their uses. Students learn how x-ray machines work, how to process information from the machines and what to do in case of a malfunction or machine error. This course covers all areas of an x-ray machine, from the tube and operating console to the high voltage center and film holder. Time is spent learning how to operate an x-ray machine through hands-on training and possible clinical hours. Students may also gain basic instruction on how to use other types of imaging equipment, such as MRI or CT machines.
Providing Patient Care Course
This course covers typical procedures and ethics for patient care. Students learn about the day-to-day requirements of handling patients of all ages and backgrounds. Time is spent covering healthcare ethics and how to work in tandem with other healthcare professionals.