RATEC 101 Introduction to Radiologic Technology • 1 Cr.


Surveys types and operations of hospital radiology departments. Students learn medical ethics, basic radiation protection and image production. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the policies governing students in the Radiologic Technology program as explained in the Student Handbook.
  • Identify the outcomes expected of a successful student in the Radiologic Technology program. 
  •  List the health team professionals commonly associated with diagnostic imaging, and explain their respective roles in the health team approach to patient care. 
  •  Identify the professional associations and certification bodies involved with imaging professionals. 
  • Explain the certification law in Washington, and compare and contrast this with licensing. 
  • State when, where, how, and by whom x-rays were discovered, and relate this to the historical development of the radiographer. 
  • Identify basic radiation protection guidelines for the patient and the technologist. 
  • Define the term "technique" and identify the major components associated with this term. 
  • Explain the formation of a radiographic image using screen-film technology, and compare and contrast this to a digital image. 
  • Give a brief historical sketch of radiation protection awareness by physicians, technologists and patients.