Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
VT 111, VT 112, VT 113 and VT 116.
VT 201, VT 203, VT 209, VT 212.
Introduces x-radiation and safety principles involved in using x-ray machines.
1. Explain how x-rays are produced, the dangers of radiation, and appropriate safety measures when working around radiation.
2. Summarize radiographic quality control measures.
3. Explain the procedure used to develop a radiographic technique chart.
4. Discuss the principles and methods used to develop x-ray films.
5. Compare and contrast types of animal restraints and positioning techniques for obtaining quality radiographs.
6. Critique radiographic images and describe specific measures to improve techniques.
7. Explain how to properly label, file, and store radiographic images.
8. Summarize federal and state regulations related to radiation.
I. X-rays: Characteristics and properties
II. X-ray tube anatomy and function
III. Exposure factors and technique charts
IV. Radiographic image quality
V. Radiographic technique evaluation
VI. Scatter radiation, grids, collimation
VII. Radiation safety
VIII. Overview of positioning
IX. Digital imaging
X. Causes of x-ray tube failure
XI. Radiographic artifacts
Assessment may include weekly homework, discussion posts, quizzes, and lecture and lab exams.