RAIT 302 Body Pathophysiology • 5 Cr.


Presents pathologies of the pelvis, abdomen, chest, and neck with physiological implications pertinent to Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, interventional, and Cardiac Catheter imaging modalities. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology and Nuclear Medicine concentrations as well as the requirements of the CT Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Vascular Interventional certificates of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Either RAIT 302 or IMAGE 265 can be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisites: BIOL&241 and BIOL&242, with a C (2.0) or better and admission to the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program, or permission of the Program Chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify normal physiology of pertinent systems/organs, including a discussion of anatomic variances.
  • Identify and analyze pertinent pathologies with physiological implications, including supporting evidence.
  • Describe symptoms of identified pathologies and predict their possible implications on systems presenting symptoms and future complications.
  • Analyze imaging modalities of choice for pathologies, and examine strategies for selection of a specific imaging technology and protocol.
  • Examine possible interventions performed in an imaging department for identified pathologies, and discuss the respective intended outcomes and possible complications.
  • Assess the role of imaging modalities in diagnostic evaluations and interventions for specific pathologies.
  • Debate the advantages and limitations of imaging modalities used singly or in combination as they apply to specific pathologies and different body systems
  • Examine strategies to select appropriate imaging modalities and protocols based on the specific pathology and body system
  • Develop imaging protocol recommendations for specific case studies