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TECH161-0710: Radiology-A Clear Overview
Tara Wochesen, BS, RVT
July 28-September 3, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, August 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2010; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
Radiology is not simply black and white! A clear overview of the basic fundamentals of radiology including digital radiography and basic positioning of small animals will be the focus of this course. The course is geared toward participants including experienced or newly graduated veterinary technicians or experienced veterinary assistants. Small animal general practice or emergency medicine staff will find this course offers a comprehensive overview of radiographic principles including technique evaluation, film quality, common artifacts and problem solving. Proper patient restraint and positioning is a necessity when it comes to producing diagnostic, quality radiographs; therefore, a large part of the course content will focus on these.
The course will be presented in four (4) 90 minute real time interactive live sessions and will include online handouts, quizzes, and message board discussion interaction with both the instructor and other course participants. Ms. Wochesen has years of experience in teaching radiology to veterinary students with both large and small animals including digital radiography, and nuclear medicine imaging.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
Week 1: X-ray production, films, screens, and processing
Content: Understanding x-ray production and tube anatomy is essential in order to problem solve, and produce the best possible radiograph. We will briefly review these principles, as well as study kVp, mA-s, density and contrast. We will discuss and evaluate a number of films, interpreting film quality, positioning, density and contrast. Common artifacts will also be considered.
Week 2: Digital and computed radiography
Content: As technology continues to dominate, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digital radiography. Evaluation of different types of systems, storage, practicality and expense will also be looked at.
Week 3: Positioning-restraint and exposure
Content: This will be the first of 2 parts based on patient positioning. First, an overview of restraint, both manual and chemical, will be reviewed; restraint devices will also be discussed. This weeks' focus will be on common exams, including thorax, abdomen and extremities.
Week 4: Positioning-special films and series
Content: This weeks' focus will be on pelvic radiographs, including information needed for OVC/ OFA hip certification. Other less, common positions will be reviewed including TPLO views, shoulders, skull, and other specialty views.
LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6
$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before July 14, 2010).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**For more on how online CE works see the VSPN Participant's Resource Center
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & VSPN CE Director
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