Diagnostic Medical Imaging Courses

DMI 101 - Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging

2-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Overall view of diagnostic medical imaging, describing its relationship to radiology and its part in medicine. Communication skills, professional conduct of the radiographer, medico-legal issues and ethical standards are covered as well as infectious diseases, infection control, standard precautions and safety. The basic concepts of radiographic equipment, patient positioning, image production and radiation protection are presented and discussed.

Additional course fee: $105.

DMI 105 - Image Production and Evaluation I

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course presents the principles of radiographic exposure, dealing with specific factors that control and affect receptor exposure and radiographic image contrast. Image acquisition of computed radiography (CR) as well as indirect and direct digital radiography (DR) will be presented. Radiographic image processing and post-processing for these methods of image production are also discussed. 

Prerequisite:

FNMT 118 with a grade of “C” or better, or placement in MATH 161 and DMI 101 with a grade of “C” or better

Co-requisites:

DMI 119, DMI 131, and DMI 181 

DMI 106 - Image Production and Evaluation II

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

This course presents the image quality factors of spatial resolution and distortion. Patient anatomical and pathological factors affecting image production. Pharmacology, classifications, use and precautions in the administration of radiographic contrast media. Quality assurance of radiographic equipment and evaluation of results. Synthesis and application of image quality factors to exposure problems. 

Prerequisite:

DMI 105 with a grade of "C" or better 

Co-requisites:

DMI 120, DMI 132, and DMI 182 

DMI 119 - Introduction to Radiologic Physics

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Survey of mechanics, matter, atomic theory, magnetism, electricity and electromagnetism relevant to the field of radiography. The study of step-up and step-down transformers and the autotransformer begins the introduction to X-ray equipment circuitry.

DMI 120 - Radiographic Equipment and Operation

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an introduction to the circuitry of radiation-producing equipment. The principles and operation of single-phase, three-phase and high-frequency generators are compared. Because radiographers must operate X-ray equipment responsibly, students learn about the design, function and safety protocols pertaining to the modern radiographic tube. In preparation for the study of radiobiology and protection in the following semester, the production, characteristics and hazards of ionizing radiation are explained. Students will also survey the theories of photon interaction in the patient in general diagnostic radiography. 

Prerequisite:

DMI 119

DMI 131 - Patient Care and Procedures I

3-3-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

DMI 131 is the first of three sequential courses covering patient care and procedures topics. Students will be introduced to radiographic terminology and positioning techniques of the chest, abdomen, upper extremity and lower extremity. The course covers application of image production factors and radiation protection standards. Students learn patient care skills in monitoring vital signs, care of medical equipment, body mechanics, patient transfer, infection control and precautionary techniques with respect to the radiology patient. The course also includes Clinical Objective Evaluation (COE) of respective patient care activities and radiographic procedures. 

Additional course fee $180

Prerequisite:

ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better

Co-requisites:

DMI 105DMI 119, DMI 181, and DMI 196

DMI 132 - Patient Care and Procedures II

3-3-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course is a continuation of DMI 131 and includes radiographic terminology and positioning techniques of the humerus, shoulder girdle, femur, pelvic girdle and spine. Students will continue to learn positioning skills in order to radiograph the skeletal anatomy and physiologic systems of the human body. This includes an introduction to fluoroscopic procedures. In laboratory sessions, students will apply materials presented in lecture and practice the skills necessary for Clinical Objective Evaluations (COE). Patient care topics will include surgical asepsis, venipuncture, pharmacology, medical emergencies, and culturally diverse communication skills.

Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirement.
Additional course fee: $180.

Prerequisite:

BIOL 109 with a grade of "C" or better

Co-requisites:

DMI 106, DMI 120, DMI 182 and DMI 197 all with a grade of "C" or better.

DMI 181 - Radiographic Osteology and Pathology I

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Detailed study of the bone structure of the upper and lower extremities, pelvis and thorax; pathology of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and biliary systems. Case presentations of pathological conditions from clinical studies will be given by students.

DMI 182 - Radiographic Osteology and Pathology II

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Detailed study of the bone structure of the vertebral column and cranium; radiographic pathology of the skeletal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Case presentations of pathological conditions from clinical studies will be given by students. 

Prerequisite:

DMI 181

DMI 196 - Clinical Education I

0-0-14-1
Credit Hours: 1

During Clinical Education I, students are introduced to the radiology department and hospital environment. Students begin the course by observing department routines and procedures. After classroom and laboratory instruction, students move into a more active role, assisting and performing patient care activities and imaging procedures under appropriate supervision. Students will report to clinical on Tuesday and Thursday for 14 weeks. Clinical rotations include general inpatient, general outpatient, emergency room/trauma radiography, fluoroscopy, orthopedic radiography, and portable radiography. Each rotation will be two to three weeks (4-6 days) in length.

Additional course fee: $345

Co-requisites:

DMI 105, DMI 119, DMI 131, and DMI 181.

DMI 197 - Clinical Education II

0-0-14-1
Credit Hours: 1

During Clinical Education II, students become more familiar with the radiology department and hospital environment. Students continue to observe department routines and procedures relevant to classroom and laboratory activities. After classroom and laboratory instruction, students move into a more active role, assisting and performing patient care activities and imaging procedures under appropriate supervision. Students will report to clinical on Tuesday and Thursday for 14 weeks. Clinical rotations include general inpatient, general outpatient, emergency room/trauma radiography, fluoroscopy, orthopedic radiography, portable radiography, and surgical radiography. Each rotation will be two to three weeks (4-6 days) in length.

Additional course fee: $345.

Co-requisites:

DMI 106, DMI 120, DMI 132, and DMI 182

DMI 198 - Clinical Education III

0-3-13-2
Credit Hours: 2

Clinical experience in a hospital affiliate. This course builds on skills learned in DMI 131 and DMI 132 with additional patient interaction under supervision. In addition to doing general radiography and fluoroscopy, students perform rotations through the operating room. 

Additional course fee: $345.

Prerequisite:

DMI 106

DMI 199 - Clinical Education IV

0-3-13-2
Credit Hours: 2

Clinical experience in a hospital affiliate. This course builds on skills previously learned in DMI 131, DMI 132 and DMI 198, and provides additional patient interaction under supervision. Students perform rotations through the operating room and emergency room in addition to doing general radiography and fluoroscopy. 

Additional course fee: $345.

Prerequisite:

DMI 198

DMI 221 - Advanced Imaging/Computer Modalities

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

Advanced imaging modalities such as body section radiography, automatic exposure control radiography, fluoroscopy with image intensifiers, TV monitors, and cine; angiographic changers and ancillary equipment. Computer-enhanced imaging such as Computerized Axial Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) are surveyed in detail. Overview of cross-sectional anatomy (transverse and longitudinal) of the cranium, thorax, abdomen and pelvis. 

Prerequisite:

DMI 106 and DMI 199, both with a grade of "C" or better

Co-requisites:

CIS 103, DMI 231, and DMI 261

DMI 222 - Angiographic/Interventional Procedures

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces students to arteriography and venography of the cranium, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities to include clinical indications, patient care, contrast media, positioning and procedural methods for examination. Interventional procedures such as angioplasty, shunts, thrombolysis, embolization and atherectomy are detailed. Students will learn about the invasive diagnostic procedures of the central nervous system, salivary glands, reproductive system and joints. They will also gain a knowledge of ultrasound’s historical development, production of sound waves and clinical applications.

Prerequisite:

DMI 221

Co-requisites:

DMI 232

DMI 231 - Patient Procedures III

2-2-21-5
Credit Hours: 5

Radiographic positioning techniques of the cervical spine, ribs, cranium, advanced orthopedic studies and mammography. Application of technical factors and radiation protection. Clinical Objective Evaluation (COE) of respective radiographic examinations and evaluation of selected radiographs. Clinical Education V in hospital affiliate with the application of knowledge from classroom to hospital setting: radiography of the patient with guided clinical supervision. Observation and evaluation of students; evaluation/critique of radiographic examinations completed by students conducted by College faculty. 

Additional course fee: $345.

Prerequisite:

DMI 106, DMI 199, BIOL 110ENGL 102, all with a grade of "C" or better

Co-requisites:

DMI 221 and DMI 261 

DMI 232 - Patient Procedures IV

2-5-21-5
Credit Hours: 5

This course consists of three components: Patient Procedures, Clinical Education, and Professional Skills Development Sessions (PSDS). Students will learn about radiographic positioning techniques of the facial bones and articulations, trauma and pediatric radiography emphasizing Clinical Objective Evaluation (COE) of these examinations and film evaluation of selected radiographs. Clinical Education IV is the main vehicle for real-life application of skills learned in the Procedures sections and is performed in an affiliate hospital applying knowledge from classroom to a hospital setting with guided clinical supervision. The PSDS focuses on reviewing for the ARRT examination through various classroom activities. 

Additional course fee: $345.

Prerequisite:

DMI 231

DMI 261 - Radiation Biology and Protection

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

This course identifies the sources of natural and artificial radiation and examines the effects of radiation on the cells, tissues and organs in the human body. Mathematical conversions of radiation measurement units, from traditional to the international system, are performed, calculations of dose equivalent and relative biological effectiveness are practiced, and the direct and indirect theories of biological effects, cellular radiosensitivity, and radiation dose-response curves are studied. The early and late effects of radiation exposure are defined and classified as either stochastic or deterministic. Because of their importance in clinical practice, methods of patient protection, operator protection, and radiation monitoring are also emphasized. 

Prerequisite:

DMI 199

Co-requisites:

DMI 221 and DMI 231 

DMI 299 - Clinical Education VII

0-3-13-2
Credit Hours: 2

Continued clinical experience in hospital affiliate. Student-radiographer functions independently in all areas of the Radiology Department with limited supervision prior to completion of the Diagnostic Medical Imaging program. 

Additional course fee: $175.

Prerequisite:

DMI 222