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VIN Introduction to Radiology (DIAG415) Self-Study

This course is a self-paced, non-interactive course.

Presenter: Brian Poteet, MS, DVM, DACVR, DABSNM
Course Open: July 13, 2021-June 30, 2022
Total CE Credit: 2.5
RACE Category: 2.5 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This course will cover the discovery and history of the first radiographs, basic radiology concepts, radiology safety and physics as well as evaluation of different x-ray systems used in veterinary medicine.

To earn a certificate of completion the participant must complete all learning modules and score 80% or better on the end-of-course test. Completion of the course will take a minimum of 157 minutes. Participants must complete the participation requirements by June 30, 2022 to be eligible for a certificate.

To learn more about the requirements for earning a non-interactive CE certificate, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Certificate Requirements.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • discuss the discovery and history of the first radiographs.
  • identify sources of radiation exposure and how protection gear and protocols can protect those working with imaging equipment.
  • understand radiation physics in relation to x-ray machine basics.
  • identify multiple x-ray system types and evaluate their plus and minuses.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE self-study course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in basic radiology concepts. This course is open to VIN members only.
Accreditation: This non-interactive course is approved for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-845653)

Course Agenda:

Module 1: Introduction to Radiology
Total Time: 29 minutes
Video: 29 minutes
Polls: 2
Learn about the discovery and history of the first radiographs.

Module 2: Radiology Safety
Total Time: 47 minutes
Video: 47 minutes
Polls: 2
Covers radiation sources and exposure, and the protective equipment and protocols used to limit their effects.

Module 3: Radiation Physics
Total Time: 45 minutes
Video: 45 minutes
Polls: 2
Learn about radiation physics in relation to x-ray machines and how digital systems can be utilized.

Module 4: Evaluation of X-ray Systems
Total Time: 26 minutes
Video: 26 minutes
Polls: 1
Covers the different x-ray systems including digital, PACs and DICOMs.

Module 5: End of Course Test
Total Time: 10 minutes
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Module 6: Course Evaluation

To learn more about the requirements for earning a non-interactive self-study CE certificate, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Certificate Requirements.


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Tuition: VIN Member $58
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to starting the course. If you wish to withdraw after you have started this self-study course, please contact the VSPN office 800-846-0028, ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

VIN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357