Radiology Classes and Courses

Radiologists use technology, such as X-rays, ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), to study the human body internally. Radiology courses may be taken for an Associate of Applied Science in Radiology at a technical or community college or during medical residency or fellowship studies for physician's radiology specialty. At the associate's degree level, students may become certified and register with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

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Radiographic Fundamentals

A course in radiographic fundamentals introduces the role of radiology and radiographic procedures in a health care setting. Students get a summary of X-ray imaging, patient care guidelines and radiation protection. This course typically gives an overview of a school's radiology program as a whole.

Anatomy and Physiology

A basic-level course in anatomy and physiology covers major systems in the human body. In addition to learning bone and muscle names and locations, students are given an overview of the respiratory, muscular, skeletal and integumentary (or skin) systems. Human disease and disorders are also covered along with the role of radiology in those areas.

Procedures in Radiology

A course outlining procedures in radiology may be repeated at different levels throughout a radiology program and may be taught as a clinical or lab course. Students learn steps for producing radiographic images, positioning patients, and evaluating radiographic images. The level of a course in specific radiology procedures determines the anatomical areas studied in depth. Such areas of study may include the abdomen, upper and lower extremities, urinary systems, thorax and the skull.

Radiologic Imaging

A radiologic imaging course teaches hands-on skills. Students perform actual radiographic exams. This course concentrates on image exposure, magnification and digital radiography,along with computer tomography, which is imaging using sections. Students learn to hypothesize about different radiologic images, analyze such images and come up with conclusions based on the images.

Radiology Exposure and Protection

A radiology exposure and protection course may be offered in one swoop or as two separate courses, concentrating individually on radiation exposure and radiation protection. As one course or two, exposure and protection courses cover X-ray properties, quality of radiographic images, and components of X-ray equipment and machines. Students also learn protection for themselves and patients, radiation exposure measurements and precautions when using radiographic imaging technology. Federal and state regulations in health and safety are addressed.

Health Care Ethics and Law

Students get an overview of ethics and laws as they pertain to the health care industry, and learn specifics of radiologic procedures. Time is spent on the correct procedures of information gathering and dissemination, patient confidentiality and medical records. This course also covers the scope of practice for radiologists and for radiology technicians, and the appropriate procedures for each to perform.

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