RAIT 303 Neuropathophysiology • 5 Cr.


Presents neurologically-based pathologies and the related diagnostic/interventional procedures applied in evaluation and treatment. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology, Nuclear Medicine, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography 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 303 or IMAGE 266 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.


Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify normal physiology of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system and relate normal to abnormal processes of each.
  • Analyze the physiology of the most common primary tumors of the head and spine including reasons for the primary location and metastatic possibilities. 
  • Describe the physiology of related structures such as pituitary, orbits, and internal auditory canal—common pathologies and their presenting symptoms. 
  • Predict presenting symptoms of head and spine trauma and relate them to diagnostic imaging findings. 
  • Examine the most common pathologies of the neurological system, describing associated symptoms and possible imaging strategies
  • Describe lesions of the central nervous system including symptoms and diagnostic evaluations. 
  • Evaluate possible interventions performed in an imaging department as they relate to the neurological system. 
  • Debate the advantages and limitations of imaging modalities used singly or in combination as they apply to specific pathologies of the neurological system
  • Examine strategies to select appropriate diagnostic and intervention procedures based on the specific pathology