Intermediate Radiographic Positioning and Procedures

Course Details

Course Number: 1423  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 323

Days & Times:

Lecture: Monday, 8:00 - 9:50

Labs: Tuesday/Thursday, 3:00 - 4:50

           Wednesday/Friday, 8:00 - 9:50,10:00 - 11:50

            Monday/Wednesday - 1:00-2:50


Course Attachments

RADS 5023 - Syllabus This attachment contains policies and procedures for this course.   Rads 5023 Syllabus 2013 Fall-20130821-151346.pdf

Spring 13 SyllabusThis contains the procedures, policies, and expectations for this course.    Intermediate Procedures Spring13 Syllabus for D2L-20130124-082357.doc


Merrill's Atlas of Radiog Proced & Pos - 12th ed
Introduction to basic procedures for obtaining radiographs
  ISBN: 9780323073219

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Lynette K Watts   
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Course Objectives


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

Utilize radiographic terminology to properly communicate with other health care professionals regarding radiographic examinations in a laboratory setting.

Given radiographs, diagrams and skeletal parts, identify and locate the bones of the appendicular skeleton.

Describe and identify process and depressions found on the bones of the axial skeleton.

Describe and identify articulations of the axial skeleton.

Given radiographs, diagrams, and a skeleton, locate and identify bones and skull sutures of the axial skeleton.

Given the names of various procedures, explain what structures and/or functions are demonstrated.

In a laboratory setting, simulate the radiographic procedures on a person or full body phantom.

Given radiographs, evaluate in terms of:  positioning, centering, and overall image quality

Given radiographs, identify relevant anatomy.

Using phantoms and human subjects, identify topographical landmarks and underlying anatomy.

Practice radiation safety in the laboratory setting.

Practice safe body mechanics in the laboratory setting.

Demonstrate proper communication with the patient and others in a laboratory setting.

Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the simulated laboratory setting. 

Course Expectations




Lab Quizzes


Unit Exams


Lab Final


Comprehensive Final


Grading Standards

            90 – 100          A

            80 – 89            B

            75 – 79            C

            60 – 74            D

            59 – Below      F 


Final Exam5/7/2011  8:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy


Note: 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.

Late Paper Policy


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


The student has a responsibility to attend all classes/labs at the designated time of that class or lab. If a student does not, they will be classified as absent. The following criteria of those classifications are solely those of the instructor of this class.

Defined Tardiness (Lecture/Lab)

Any student that arrives to lecture/lab 5 minutes after the starting time designated in the university catalogue of lecture/lab will be considered tardy. Being late to lab and/or lecture three times will result in one unexcused absence. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Defined Absence (Lecture/Lab)


A student will have ten (10) minutes after the designated starting time to be present in lecture/lab. If the student is not present at that time, he/she will be considered absent. The student will be marked as having an unexcused absence from lecture/lab. 3.6 points will be deducted for each unexcused absence for lecture and/or lab; therefore, if a student has three unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted from the final course average. Six unexcused absences will result in two letter grades being deducted from the final course average.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.

 A student will be considered as having an excused absence from class / lab if the following criteria have been established:


  1. Death of an immediate family member. An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle,

      or child.


  1. Summons to appear in court or jury duty.  A copy of the summons is required.


  1. Call to military service. A copy of your orders to report is required.


  1. University sponsored event.  Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.


  1. Debilitating Illness or Disability.  Will be addressed on an individual basis.


If a student if affected by an illness that is not debilitating (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive  class/lab sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided. A doctor’s note must have a statement to the affect that you were seen in the office, or you are cleared to return to classes. It does not have to state what you were seen for. There will be no exception to this policy.   


Other Policies


Students should practice professional behavior in the classroom and laboratory equal to what is expected in the work force. Failure to fulfill this expectation will result in the student being expelled from the classroom and/or laboratory. 

 Cell Phone or other Electronic Devices

Cell phones are not permitted during lecture/lab sessions.  Students are required to turn off cell phones and store them in their backpacks or purses.  If students are caught with cell phones (rings during lecture/lab, falls out of pocket during lecture/lab, texting during lecture/lab), they will be asked to leave, which will result in an unexcused absence for that time.  NOTE:If it is absolutely necessary for a student to leave his/her phone on, the instructors must be made aware of the situation, and circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.

 Lecture/Lab Testing:

If students are caught with cell phones during lecture/lab testing, they will be asked to leave, receive a zero for the test, and will be subject to possible dismissal from the radiologic sciences program.  Students will also be subject to the disciplinary process of the University.


Lecture/Lab Participation:


Students are assigned to one class lecture each week, consisting of a 2-hour time slot.  Students are expected to come to class on time, stay awake, and participate in the lecture.  If it is deemed that students are not engaged in the lecture session, they will be asked to leave and will be penalized an unexcused absence for that session.


Students are assigned to four (4) hours of lab each week.  Students are expected to work while in the lab – this means manipulating equipment, positioning classmates, and discussing the material to ensure understanding.  If students are deemed to not be putting in the effort to learn the material, they will be asked to leave the lab and will be penalized an unexcused absence for that session.    


 Special Needs:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.



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.