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Computed Tomography Curriculum

Term I

 

CT-102 Introduction to CT: Patient Care & Safety

This course is designed to provide an introduction to and basic understanding of the operation of a computed tomography device in addition to the professional responsibilities of the CT technologist. The course also provides a background in patient care, patient monitoring, venipuncture and pharmacology as well as in depth content related to radiation safety and contrast administration. (39 clock hours)

 

CT-104 CT Anatomy & Procedures

This course is designed to develop a strong understanding of location and identification of anatomical structures in axial (transverse), sagittal, coronal and orthogonal (oblique) planes. Content provides detailed coverage of procedures for CT imaging of adults and pediatric patients. Procedures include, but are not limited to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images. CT procedures will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. CT images studied will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. The course will also provide content related to cardiac CT, including ECG, arrhythmias, IV contrast and cardiac anatomy. (39 clock hours)

 CT-106 CT Clinical Education I

This course is designed to provide the student with clinical related to CT imaging of adults and

pediatric patients. The student will observe, participate, and perform CT procedures in areas related to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images. CT procedures will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. CT images performed will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. Students will begin performing clinical competency examinations.  (364 clock hours)


Term II

  

CT-203 CT Principles: Physics & Instrumentation

The course is designed to impart an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in computed tomography. Physics topics covered include x-radiation in forming the CT image, CT beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characteristics and Hounsfield numbers application. Data acquisition and manipulation techniques, image reconstruction algorithms will be explained. Computed tomography systems and operations will be explored with full coverage of radiographic tube configuration, collimator design and function, detector types, characteristics and functions and the CT computer and array processor. CT image processing and display will be examined from data acquisition through postprocessing and archiving and patient factors related to other elements affecting image quality will be explained, as well as artifact production and reduction and image communication. The postprocessing image generation principles covered will be MPR, curved MPR, Surface rendering or 3-D shaded surface displays, volume rendered images, maximum, minimum and average intensity projections along with image segmentation. The imaging post processing topics to be explained include exam protocol, image display, improving image quality, recognition of artifact characteristics and minimizing artifacts. Common applications for multiplanar or volumetric images in CT will be reviewed. (39 clock hours)

 

CT-212 CT Certification Examination Review

This course is designed to prepare the student to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination. The information presented throughout the 6-month program is reviewed through lecture, handouts and games. The student is given a number of registry type practice examinations.

All required mock registry examinations must be completed prior to completing the program. (36 clock hours)

Prerequisite: ALL CT courses and successful completion (75 % or better) of three (3) preliminary review examinations.

 

CT-206 CT Clinical Education II

This course is designed to provide the student with clinical related to CT imaging of adults and

pediatric patients. The student will observe, participate, and perform CT procedures in areas related to, indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning, patient history and assessment, contrast media usage, scout image, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images. CT procedures will be taught for differentiation of specific structures, patient symptomology and pathology. CT images performed will be reviewed for quality, anatomy and pathology. Students will begin performing clinical competency examinations.  (364 clock hours)

Prerequisites: CT-106 CT Clinical Education I
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