Further practice in radiolography with problem solving, and special techniques, in advanced diagnostic imaging, , and dental radiology are emphasized in this course. The technologist’s role in the radiology of species other than cats and dogs is also covered. Patient preparation for both basic and advanced techniques are included.
Enrollment is limited to students in the Animal Health Technology Program.
The major topics in the course include:
1. Evaluation of radiographic technique
- review of quality and positioning of radiographic views
- causes of common radiographic artifacts
- discussion of processing errors
- components of a diagnostic X-ray
- formulation of multiple technique charts
2. Radiographic studies in the equine species
- positioning of patients
- considerations for portable and mobile X-ray units
- techniques for developing X-rays in the field
3. Special radiographic techniques and studies
- of the digestive system, including Barium studies
- of the urinary system, including pyelograms and cystograms of the oral cavity
4. Advanced imaging techniques
- digital radiography
- computed tomography
- magnetic resonance imaging
- indications and implications
- use as a treatment modality
Methods of Instruction
This course involves one hour per week of classroom instruction and two hours per week of laboratory activity for six weeks. Students will also spend four hours per week for six weeks in Workplace Lab Instruction in small and large animal veterinary clinics to develop their practical skills. Finally, a three week practicum will allow students individual internship experience.
Means of Assessment
Quiz # 1 10
Quiz # 2 10
Laboratory Assignments & Projects 20-40
Professionalism/WBI evaluations 10-25
Final Examination 25-30
Grades: A+ 95-100, A 90-94, A- 85-89, B+ 80-84, B 75-79, B- 70-74,
C+ 65-69, C 60-64, C- 55-59, P 50-54, F 0-49.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. recognize & evaluate technical errors and artifacts on a radiograph, their causes and prevention.
2. understand the positioning of equine patients for routine radiographic studies.
3. explain and demonstrate the special radiographic techniques of the digestive and urinary systems, including
the upper GI series
4. formulate radiographic technique charts.
5. discuss the legal ownership of radiographs and their proper handling.
6. investigate the principles of digital radiography.
7. discuss the fundamentals of ultrasonongraphy and other specialized imaging techniques including CT and MRI.
8. demonstrate basic positioning for dental radiography.
9. define radiotherapy and its indications.
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Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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