RATEC 105 Introduction to Radiographic Technique • 3 Cr.
Introduces concepts of electromagnetic radiation necessary to understanding the production and control of x-radiation. Students learn how the radiographic image is created and what factors affect the appearance of that image. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
Describe atomic structure, characteristics of x radiation, and the interactions of x-rays with matter. Explain the method of acquiring images for various image receptors. Evaluate images for quality factors. Develop an appreciation for acceptable range of technical factors. Discuss the effect of technical factors on the x-ray beam and the image. Ddentify and discuss the roles of filtration, grids, and patient condition that affect the quality of a radiographic image.