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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

18 Weeks

Overview

Our bodies are complex, and when we start feeling ill, a doctor or specialist must analyze and diagnose what could be wrong. Learn about different diagnostic technology, procedures, essential body systems, and fluids that need to be understood to make an accurate diagnosis of a disease, condition, or illness. This career field is flourishing, and now is the time to be part of it!

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Major Topics and Concepts

Unit 1:

  • Describe the parts of the X-ray tube
  • Explain how X-rays are produced, their properties, and how they interact with the body
  • Identify factors that influence image quality
  • Investigate the role of digital radiography in PACS and telemedicine
  • Differentiate between screen film, computed, and direct radiography systems

Unit 2:

  • Describe the parts of the respiratory and cardiopulmonary systems and their functions
  • Use the medical terminology of the cardiopulmonary system to define words related to this system
  • Identify methods of assessing respiratory patients, including normal and abnormal results
  • Describe the tools and tests used to evaluate and diagnose lung conditions and diseases
  • Explain the difference between restrictive and obstructive lung disease, and give examples of each type

Unit 3:

  • Describe the structure and function of the parts of the cardiovascular system
  • Discuss circulatory pathways and the electrical conduction pathway of the heart
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise and identify the appropriate response
  • Name tests and procedures used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions
  • Explain careers, including educational requirements, certification, and licensure, involving the cardiovascular system

Unit 4:

  • Explain how the heart’s electrical conduction pathway corresponds to the waveform produced on an electrocardiogram
  • Identify how to set up for an electrocardiogram, including electrode placement, infection control measures, maintenance of equipment, and troubleshooting
  • Describe the types of tests that use electrocardiograms
  • Analyze ways to adapt to changes in patient conditions in relation to the performance and interpretation of an electrocardiogram
  • Differentiate between normal rhythms and arrhythmias as well as respond appropriately to life-threatening arrhythmias

Unit 5:

  • Identify the structures and functions of tissues, membranes, and glands
  • Describe the tools and tests used to diagnose conditions related to tissues, membranes, and glands
  • Discuss the structures and functions of the reproductive system and tests used to diagnose related conditions
  • Explain other special tests used to diagnose patient conditions such as sleep disorders, allergies, and psychological concerns

Unit 6:

  • Identify and explain the functions of muscular system structures
  • Discuss conditions related to the muscular system and some tests used to diagnose them
  • Name and provide details on the functions of endocrine system structures
  • Describe conditions related to the endocrine system and some tests used to diagnose them

Unit 7:

  • Identify and describe the structures and functions of the parts of the gastrointestinal system
  • Describe conditions of the gastrointestinal system
  • Describe types of contrast media and the potential complications of using each type
  • Explain multiple procedures that use contrast media to aid in diagnosis
  • Recognize additional steps needed in the patient care process when using contrast media

Unit 8:

  • Provide brief histories of radiology, medical laboratory, EKG, and pulmonary function testing
  • Discuss how electronic health records and patient portals impact healthcare systems
  • Explain how telemedicine is changing the care process as it relates to medical diagnostic technology
  • Consider the use of robotics in healthcare, including barriers to implementation and potential benefits
  • Describe the effect technology has on epidemiology and managed care

Credits .5

Competencies

  • X-Ray
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of X-rays by describing the X-ray system, explaining X-ray image production and quality, and explaining advances in X-ray image acquisition.
  • The Lungs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the lungs by describing the cardiopulmonary system, explaining methods for assessing respiratory patients, and explaining methods for diagnosing lung conditions and diseases.
  • The Heart
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the heart by describing the cardiovascular system, explaining methods for assessing and diagnosing cardiac patients, and comparing cardiovascular professions.
  • Cardiac Monitoring
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of cardiac monitoring by describing the processes for setting up and performing EKGs and explaining how to interpret EKG results.
  • Special Diagnostic Studies
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of special diagnostic studies by describing the special body systems and explaining tools, tests, and specialized tests used to diagnose conditions and diseases of the special body systems.
  • Radiology Department Modalities
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of other radiology department modalities by explaining the muscular and endocrine systems as well as their associated conditions and tests and comparing imaging equipment.
  • Contrast Studies
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of contrast studies by describing the gastrointestinal system, explaining contrast media and procedures, and evaluating patient care during contrast procedures.
  • Medical Diagnostic Technology: Past, Present, and Future
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of medical diagnostic technology: Past, Present, and Future by describing the development of diagnostic technologies over time, comparing documentation procedures over time, and evaluating emerging technologies.

Pre-Requisites

None

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