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RDT 103 Methods of Patient Care
RDT 103L Venipuncture/Patient Care Lab

Designed to provide the basic concepts of the physical and emotional needs of the patient. Describes routine and emergency procedures, insertion and maintenance of an intravenous line. As well as infection control utilizing universal precautions and recognition and treatment of reactions to contrast media. The course educates students in obtaining vital signs and contrast media injection; identifies the importance of patient education; and includes medical ethics, law and cultural differences.
Fall, 3 credits lecture and 0 credit lab

RDT 105 Principles of Radiation Protection

Provides knowledge of radiation protection and radiation biology as related to the legal and ethical responsibilities of the radiographer. Reviews Regulatory Agencies and their requirements. Identifies biological effect and response to radiation on patients, personnel, and the public. (WAC Course).
Fall, 3 credits

RDT 116 Radiographic Pathology

An overview of acute, chronic and congenital pathology. Discussion on how pathology and disease relate to medical imaging procedures. Includes systemic classification, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. (WAC Course).
Spring, 3 credits

RDT 118 Breast Imaging

Provides the knowledge and cognitive skills required to perform in the specialized area of mammography/breast imaging. Discussion includes positioning, special techniques, anatomy, physiology and pathology of the breast.
Spring, 1 credit

RDT 120 Medical Language

An introduction to the origins of medical terminology, including word building, abbreviations and symbols. Orientation to the understanding of medical orders and interpretation of diagnostic reports related to the respiratory, digestive and musculoskeletal systems, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary, reproductive, integumentary, sensory, nervous and endocrine systems.
Fall, 3 credits

RDT 121 Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Concepts and benefits of quality assurance and control programs. Introduction to the evaluation of radiographic systems to assure consistency in the production of quality images. Identifies components, tests, procedures and the agencies involved in regulating, inspecting and enforcing guidelines.
Prerequisite RDT 148.
Fall, 1 credit

RDT 123 Pharmacology

An introduction to basic pharmacology. Common drug nomenclature and basic concepts of pharmacology will be presented. Biological factors affecting actions of drugs will be discussed. Contrast media characteristics, allergic reactions and side-effects will be covered.
Prerequisite RDT 103.
Spring, 1 credit

RDT 125 Radiation Physics

An in-depth view of the characteristics and physical laws which apply to radiation. Topics explored include principles governing radiation production, detection and containment. Fundamentals of the circuitry which comprise medical imaging units will also be presented.
Prerequisite RDT 105.
Spring, 3 credits

RDT 144 Computed Tomography

An in-depth study of the physical principles and practical application of Computerized Axial Tomography. A presentation of protocol, positioning and the elements of room design and construction.
Co-requisite: BIO 9 or BIO 10.
Fall, 3 credits

RDT 145 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Presentation of the physical principles utilized in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Discussion of the technical and economic factors of this advanced imaging procedure. Patient protocol will also be incorporated into the course format.
Co-requisite: BIO 9 or BIO 10.
Spring, 3 credits

RDT 147 Principles of Medical Imaging I

Provides an introduction to the factors that govern and influence the production of a medical image on radiographic film. The principles of medical imaging to be discussed include: latent image, factors governing image quality, beam limiting devices, beam filtration, film holders, screens and technique formation. Darkroom processing and Article 35 of the New York State Public Health Law relating to medical imaging will also be covered.
Fall, 3 credits

RDT 148 Principles of Medical Imaging II

An in-depth study of medical imaging exposure factors. Laboratory materials will be utilized to demonstrate the clinical applications of the theoretical principles and concepts. Problems encountered during the imaging of infants and children will also be addressed. Special emphasis will be placed on radiation protection, equipment, accessories and special positions utilized when imaging infants and children.
Prerequisite: RDT 147.
Spring, 3 credits

RDT 155 Medical Imaging Procedures I
RDT 155L Medical Imaging Procedures I Lab

Designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to perform standard medical imaging procedures of the chest, abdomen, upper and lower extremities. The production of images of optimal diagnostic quality will be stressed. Laboratory experience utilizing a phantom patient will be used to complement the classroom portion of the course. The student will produce a portfolio of medical images.
Co-requisite: BIO 7.
Fall, 4 credits lecture and 0 credit lab

RDT 156 Medical Imaging Procedures II
RDT 156L Medical Imaging Procedures II Lab

A continuation of medical imaging procedures with an emphasis on standard imaging of the vertebral column and the breast. The student will also be introduced to more advanced studies which involve the use of contrast material. Laboratory experience using a phantom patient will allow the student to apply the concepts acquired in the classroom environment. (WAC Course).
Prerequisite: RDT 155, Co-requisite: BIO 8.
Spring, 4 credits lecture and 0 credit lab

RDT 157 Medical Imaging Procedures III

This course serves to focus on the more advanced positions utilized in the practice of medical imaging. The student is introduced to medical imaging procedures of the skull. Practical laboratory experience will compliment the information presented in the didactic portion of the course, allowing the student to demonstrate the ability on the phantom patient.
Prerequisite: RDT 156, Co-requisite: BIO 9.
Fall, 4 credits

RDT 170 Medical Imaging Capstone Seminar

This seminar provides the student with an opportunity to review the fundamental and advanced principles of medical imaging. The application of clinical imaging theory will be reinforced.
Spring, 3 credits

RDT 180 Digital Medical Imaging

During this course, the student will be introduced to the components, principles and operation of the Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS), Digital Imaging including; Digital Radiography (DR), Computed Radiography (CR), Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS).
Fall, 3 credits

RDT 200 Introduction to Clinical Practice

During this practicum, the student begins to increase proficiency and skills through demonstration of core competencies. The student will become familiarized with the clinical setting. The student has the opportunity to apply theories and knowledge acquired in the classroom and laboratory in a clinical setting. The student also assumes a more active role in performing procedures.
Fall, 2 credits

RDT 201 Medical Imaging Practicum I

An introduction to the clinical environment at an affiliated hospital. Students will be assigned to various work areas in the Department of Radiology to observe operations of the entire department. Students will assist in routine imaging and under close supervision of a registered licensed technologist, begin to acquire medical imaging skills with the emphasis on chest, abdomen, and extremities.
Prerequisites: RDT 103, 105.
Spring, 2 credits

RDT 202 Medical Imaging Practicum II

Students continue to improve their medical imaging skills in the areas of chest, abdomen, and extremities under the quality control of a registered licensed technologist. Students are introduced to principles of medical imaging of the vertebral column and procedures which involve the use of contrast material. (Ends Last Friday in July).
Prerequisite: RDT 201.
Summer, 2 credits

RDT 203 Medical Imaging Practicum III

A continuation of the two previous practica where students continue to improve skills in all routine and contrast medical imaging procedures under the supervision of a registered licensed technologist. The student will be introduced to more advanced projections as well as principles of skull imaging.
Prerequisite: RDT 202.
Fall, 2 credits

RDT 204 Medical Imaging Practicum IV

An opportunity for the student to improve skills in the areas of general, contrast, advanced and skull imaging at the assigned medical center under close supervision, An introduction to specialty areas such as Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Advanced Special and Angiographic Imaging. (Ends Last Friday in June).
Spring, 2 credits

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