Principles of Radiographic Imaging I

Course Details

Course Number: 1313  Section Number: 01

Fall 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 108

Days & Times:


Lecture:        Thursday: 10:30 - 12:20

Laboratory:   Monday, 8:00 - 9:50; Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:50; Friday 1 – 2:50

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Beth Leigh Veale PhD   
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Course Objectives

Course Description:       RADS 1312 (RADR 1213).  PRINCIPLES OF RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING I.   This course will analyze radiographic image qualities and the effects of exposure variables upon these qualities.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the Program.

Learning Outcomes:

The student will define, recognize, and evaluate qualities of the radiographic image, and analyze the effects of exposure variables upon each image quality.

This course is a study of radiographic principles relating to radiographic quality.  Included is an introduction to film and patient identification issues, legal ramifications of the use of film and patient identification markers, density, contrast, and various other quality factors such as detail, distortion, motion, artifacts, double exposure, grids, and positioning.

SCANS Competencies

The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was established to determine skills that students need in order to succeed in the work environment.

Description of Scans competencies as follows:

  1. Basic Skills
  2. Thinking Skills
  3.  Personal Qualities
  4.  Resources
  5. Interpersonal Skills
  6. Information
  7. Systems
  8. Technology



Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:



Recognize proper patient identification on the radiograph



Identify appropriate positioning marker location



Evaluate radiographs for appropriate film size and axis



Determine acceptable identification blocker placement



Discuss the legal ramifications of improper use of  film and patient identification 



Differentiate between the concepts of vision and perception



Discuss the effects filtration has on the patient and the finished radiograph



Identify the prime factors in radiographic exposure



Discuss patient and technologist safety relating to the patient as a beam emitter.



Utilize a grid and give examples of grid benefits and errors.



Categorize the components of radiographic screens according to function.



Combine different films with varying speed and screen types for the purpose of comparison.



Perform sensitometry on radiographs to determine what exposure latitude, contrast, and speed exists on a particular film.



Recognize both patient and equipment generated artifacts on radiographs.


Course Expectations


It is imperative that you complete the readings and be familiar with the course notes before you come to class.  This course is very interactive which means that you will be required to participate in class discussions and respond thoughtfully to questions during the discussions and ask questions when you need answers.  You are also expected to be active in the laboratory sessions and push yourself to really understand the material.  

It is strongly suggested that you purchase inexpensive scrub uniforms to wear during lab sessions.  Regardless of whether you purchase scrubs, you must wear shirts and drawstring pants with no buttons or zippers to avoid damaging examination tables.  You may be dismissed from class and penalized with an absence if you do not comply to this dress code.

Final Exam12/9/2010  10:30

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



As emerging professionals it is your responsibility to demonstrate professional behavior by attending each and every learning opportunity.  If an emergency occurs, your must inform the instructor at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class if you are going to be either late or absent.  For each time you are late, 1 point will be deducted from your final grade.  For each time you are absent, 2 points will be deducted from your final grade.  Three absences will result in dismissal from this course.  Additionally, the inability to be prompt is considered unprofessional and irresponsible behavior.  Three instances of being late will result in a letter grade reduction

Other Policies


Honesty is a necessary trait in all health care professionals.  It is assumed by the instructor that all students practice honest and ethical behavior in the classroom.  Inability to fulfill this assumption will result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course.  The University and Department policy regarding dishonesty will be strictly enforced.  You are not only expected to be honest in your own actions, but to report dishonest activities as well.  Please refer to the University and Department handbooks for more detailed information.

Methodology / Teaching Strategies:

Lecture/discussion, group activities including laboratory, independent reading assignments, group discussion, written assignments, and student presentations.


Students must participate in classroom activities to gain full benefit from the course.  This does not mean that students can be disruptive and interfere with the learning process for their peers.  Students should practice professional behavior in the classroom equal to what is expected in the work force.  Failure to fulfill this expectation will result in the student being expelled from the classroom.  I prefer that cell phones never enter the classroom; however, if you must have it with you, then it must be off.  If your cell phone goes off during class, you will be asked to leave and you will receive a reduction in attendance points.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.