RAIT 310 Computed Tomography Instrumentation & Procedures • 5 Cr.


Designed to provide didactic preparation for advanced level certification exam in Computed Tomography scanning. Includes information pertaining to the equipment used, clinical application, specific technique applications, patient care and quality control. Either RAIT 310 or IMAGE 280 can be taken for credit, not both. 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 certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Recommended: RAIT 301 with a B (3.0) or better. Prerequisites: 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:

  • Present the evolution of CT (Computed Tomography) scanning while using appropriate terminology.
  • Present in detail the operation of the CT scanner.
  • Present in detail the manner in which CT acquires data and constructs the three-dimensional image.
  • Analyze the advantages of image manipulation and the considerations for maintaining image quality.
  • Discuss the indications, patient preparation, contrast settings and common pathologies as they apply to CT scanning of head, neck, spine and specific body parts
  • Develop CT scanning protocol recommendations for specific case studies
  • Outline indications, contraindications, and potential emergencies that can occur with the use of oral and intravenous contrast
  • Identify cardiac anatomy and coverage for coronary CT angiography and coronary calcium scoring
  • Examine common protocols used in neuro and body imaging, particularly pertaining to emergency situations.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of a stroke and protocols pertaining the code stroke patients, including injection rates, CT perfusion coverage, IV size needed
  • Troubleshoot problems that can occur in the CT suite and discuss how these can be dealt with
  • Analyze the elements that relate to quality control in CT scanning procedures
  • Evaluate current research involving CT exams and procedures for the future.