Sep 27, 2022
VETT 2630 - Radiology for Veterinary Technicians-Laboratory
Credit Hours: 1.00
Prerequisites: Admission into the Veterinary Technician Program; VETT 1580 with grade C or better
VETT 2630 instructs veterinary technician students in taking and developing quality radiographs, while following safe radiographic procedures. Application strategies include utilizing personnel safety procedures, completion of a portfolio of various commonly performed radiographs, and manual and automatic processing of radiographs. Also covered is the alternative imaging modalities of electrocardiography and ultrasonography.
Billable Contact Hours: 2
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the fundamentals of radiology learned in the lecture course to produce quality diagnostic x-rays for the required portfolio, while using maximum safety for personnel and patient.
- Define various terms related to radiography.
- Describe how x-rays are generated.
- List five elements necessary for x-ray production.
- Describe the purpose of the cathode.
- Describe the purpose of the anode.
- List and discuss the two types of anodes.
- List and define the four exposure factors on the x-ray machine.
- Identify the factors that effect contrast and density.
- State the equation used to determine mAs.
- Demonstrate correct positioning for radiographs of various anatomical regions.
- Explain when to use tabletop or grid techniques.
- Demonstrate how to correctly set the settings on the x-ray machine.
- Demonstrate appropriate restraint methods that are safe for the patient as well as the technician.
- Demonstrate how to correctly position an animal for various types of radiographs.
- Demonstrate appropriate film identification techniques.
- Compare and contrast both good and poor diagnostic radiographs, as well as list methods of improvement for poor diagnostic radiographs.
- Submit a portfolio of x-rays of the required anatomical regions; include proper positioning, identification, collimation, beam center, and exposure factors.
- Demonstrate how to correctly complete radiograph logs, reports, files, and records.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to list the darkroom techniques needed to develop diagnostic x-rays, including comparing both manual and automatic techniques.
- List and describe the three main qualities of a good darkroom.
- State the various methods of darkroom light proofing.
- Demonstrate the five basic steps of film processing.
- List and describe the six developer and fixer components.
- Describe the function of the fixer solution.
- Demonstrate the nine steps of manual film processing.
- Demonstrate the use of the automatic film processor and understand how it works.
- Demonstrate the appropriate steps to loading and unloading film cassettes.
- Demonstrate and understand the appropriate care of film cassettes.
- Describe and demonstrate appropriate film handling, and care, and storage.
- Describe the steps to changing the developing and fixing solutions in the manual processing tanks.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and apply safety protocols while taking radiographs.
- Explain maximum permissible dose.
- State the maximum permissible dose for exposed personnel.
- State three primary methods that personnel are exposed to radiation during radiography.
- List the tissues most sensitive to radiation-induced damage.
- Explain which personnel are prohibited from radiographic procedures.
- Describe the appropriate protective gear and devices used for taking radiographs.
- Describe the appropriate maintenance protocol for protective apparel.
- Identify the practical methods that personnel can employ to reduce personal exposure during radiography.
- Describe the significance of scatter radiation, and how to reduce it.
- Explain the importance of collimation.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the knowledge of the use of electrocardiograms (ECGs) and ultrasound, as they are used in clinical practice.
- Define various terms related to electrocardiograms and ultrasounds.
- Demonstrate appropriate patient positioning for ECGs.
- Demonstrate how to appropriately place the leads to produce a diagnostic ECG.
- Demonstrate how to interpret an ECG.
- Explain how an ultrasound machine functions.
- Describe the three display modes used in ultrasound procedures.
- Demonstrate how to prepare a patient for various ultrasound procedures, including ultrasound guided cystocentesis urine sample collection.
- Explain the technician’s role in ultrasound and how it has changed over the years.
- Demonstrate how to perform a Tonometer test.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
- X-ray portfolio
- Darkroom techniques
- Radiograph safety procedures
- Critiquing of x-rays
- Ultrasound and ECG
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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