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Diagnostic Medical Imaging Courses

DMI 101 Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Imaging

2-0-0-2
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 in the clinical setting, basic medico-legal issues, HIV/AIDS, standard precautions and the basic concepts of radiation biology and protection are presented and discussed.
Additional course fee: $90.

DMI 105 Image Production and Evaluation

4-0-0-4
Credit Hours: 4

This course presents the principles of radiographic exposure dealing with specific factors that control and affect radiographic image contrast and density, image recording and receiving systems including screen/film and digital radiography (DR). Radiographic image processing systems for these methods of image production are also discussed.
Corequisite:
DMI 131.

DMI 106 Image Production and Evaluation II

2-0-0-2
Credit Hours: 2

Pharmacology, classifications, use and precautions in the administration of contrast media in radiography. Factors controlling and affecting recorded definition and distortion. Basics of quality control and evaluation of radiographic equipment and documentation of results. Synthesis and application of film quality factors to exposure problems.
Prerequisite: DMI 105.
Corequisite: DMI 132.

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

3-3-14-5
Credit Hours: 5

Radiographic terminology and positioning techniques of the upper and lower extremities, chest and abdomen. Application of technical factors and radiation protection. Clinical Objective Evaluation (COE) of respective radiographic examinations and evaluation of selected radiographs. Patient care skills in monitoring vital signs, body mechanics, and infection control and precautionary techniques with respect to the patient in radiology. Clinical Education I in hospital affiliate will be 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.
Corequisite: DMI 105.
Additional course fee: $90.

DMI 132 Patient Care and Procedures II

3-3-14-5
Credit Hours: 5

DMI 132 is the second of four sequential courses presenting the art of positioning in radiography. This course consists of three components: Patient Procedures, Patient Care, and Clinical Education II. In Patient Procedures, students will continue to learn positioning skills in order to radiograph the skeletal anatomy and physiologic systems of the human body. In laboratory sessions they will apply materials presented in the lecture and practice the skills necessary to pass their Clinical Objective Evaluations (COE). The Patient Care component, a continuation of material learned in DMI 131, includes care and handling of various types of patients encountered in an imaging department. In Clinical Education II, students will apply knowledge gained in the classroom to the hospital setting where they will perform radiography of patients under clinical staff supervision. Corequisite: DMI 106.
Prerequisites: DMI 105 and DMI 131.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirement.

Additional course fee: $90.

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 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.
Prerequisite: DMI 132.
Additional course fee: $300.

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.
Prerequisite: DMI 198.
Additional course fee: $300.

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.
Prerequisites: DMI 106, DMI 120 and DMI 199;
Pre- or corequisite: CIS 103.

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.

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.
Prerequisite: DMI 132.
Additional course fee: $300.

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.
Prerequisite: DMI 231.
Additional course fee: $300.

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.
Prerequisites: DMI 119 and DMI 120.

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.
Prerequisite: DMI 232.
Additional course fee: $150.

Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.