Imaging Diagnostics CPU Objectives

Activity 1

1-1. Define imaging.
1-2. Compare radiography to radiology.
1-3. Research career opportunities within the imaging field.
1-4. Analyze imaging careers to determine which interests you most.

Activity 2

2-1. Examine the digestive and skeletal systems.
2-2 Analyze the importance of knowing body systems in the field of imaging.

Activity 3

3-1. Examine radiographs.
3-2. Analyze the x-ray tube and how it works.
3-3. Describe how a simple x-ray is taken.
3-4. View x-rays using a light box.
3-5. Analyze x-ray procedures.

Activity 4

4-1. Define radiation and its many sources.
4-2. Learn ways to limit radiation exposure and monitor dose limits.
4-3. Analyze preferred methods of radiation dose monitoring.

Activity 5

5-1. Learn aseptic technique and its importance.
5-2. Discuss effective communication skills and how they relate to imaging.
5-3. Identify the steps involved in performing a simulated x-ray.
5-4. View a simulated x-ray including aseptic technique and effective communication.
5-5. Perform a simulated x-ray.
5-6. Analyze the relationship between appropriate technique and the outcome of the x-ray, as well as how communication enhances the experience for the patient.

Activity 6

6-1. Define fluoroscopy.
6-2. Discuss what an image intensifier is and how it works.
6-3. Examine nuclear medicine and the responsibilities of those who work in this area.
6-4. Identify three tests which use barium: barium swallow, barium small bowel enema, and barium enema.
6-5. Analyze the differences between fluoroscopy and x-ray.
6-6. Discuss which medical situations would require fluoroscopic or nuclear medicine over the traditional x-ray.

Activity 7

7-1. Describe intravenous pyelogram.
7-2. Define tomography.
7-3. Examine computed tomography and its history.
7-4. Describe how radiopharmaceuticals appear on SPECT tests.
7-5. Explain PET and its clinical implications regarding Parkinson’s disease.
7-6. Compare the various methods of tomography and describe major differences as well as similarities.

Activity 8

8-1. Identify MRI advantages and disadvantages.
8-2. Explore how an MRI can be helpful in diagnosing sports injuries.
8-3. Discuss the history of the MRI and learn about its inventors.
8-4. Compare MRI to CT or PET scans and list the advantages of each.

Activity 9

9-1. Define mammography.
9-2. Discuss mammography’s history.
9-3. Explain when to have a mammogram, what the risk factors are, and list signs of problems.
9-4. Define two types of mammogram.
9-5. Explain what a “lump” in the breast is and what this could mean.

Activity 10

10-1. Define ultrasound and learn of its many uses.
10-2. Explore the ultrasound’s history and its progress.
10-3.Discuss occupations relating to ultrasound, certifications, and areas of expertise.
10-4. Determine various uses for ultrasound in obstetrics and pregnancy.
10-5. Analyze the benefits and risks of ultrasound.

Activity 11

11-1. Examine the therapeutic uses of radiation.
11-2. Discuss the two types of radiation therapy.
11-3. Identify side effects of both internal and external radiation therapy.
11-4. Examine various careers in radiation therapy.
11-5. Describe a situation in which someone is suffering the side effects of radiation therapy.

Activity 12

12-1. Practice additional simulated x-rays.
12-2. Discuss any difficulties performing simulated x-rays.

Activity 13

13-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged. OR
13-2. You will conduct research on mammography and breast health awareness.

Activity 14

14-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged. OR
14-2. You will continue research on mammography and breast health awareness and create a presentation.

Activity 15

In Activity 15, the students will finish any work they have not yet completed. They will complete the CPU by taking the Vocabulary Test and the Post-test, answering the journal question, and turning in any necessary work such as the research journal or presentation.