Director of Radiography
& Medical Imaging 

Ellen Collins, M.S., R.T.(R)(M)
PH 402.552.6140 TF 800.647.5500
collins@clarksoncollege.edu

Assistant Director of Radiography & Medical Imaging
Shelli Weddum, M.S., R.T.(R)
PH 402.552.6204 TF 800.647.5500
weddum@clarksoncollege.edu

Purpose

The Medical Imaging program is designed to prepare graduates for additional career opportunities and advancement within the profession. These include Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Angiography/Interventional Procedures (CI & VI), Mammography, Bone Densitometry, Medical Imaging Informatics and Management. Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible for advanced registry certifications by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

Mission

Medical Imaging is designed to prepare graduates for additional career opportunities and advancement within the medical imaging profession.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging degree, graduates will:

  • Have entry-level advanced modality skills.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Use critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Care for patients in a manner that show respect for cultural differences.
Degree Options

Bachelor's degree

Undergraduate Medical Imaging Courses

(Three hours theory per week) This course is designed to correlate anatomy and physiology and relate normal body functioning to the physiologic changes that occur as a result of illness, as well as the body’s remarkable ability to compensate for these changes. The course will be organized into three areas of focus based on the health-illness continuum: (1) control of normal body functions; (2) pathophysiology or alterations in body function; and (3) system or organ failure.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This externship course will allow the student to perform hands on experience in a pediatric setting. This externship course will focus on basic procedures/imaging for pediatrics. The externship will emphasize the unique approach of caring for the pediatric patient in radiology. The externship for diagnostic pediatric imaging will include patient care, principles of ALARA, immobilization techniques, causes and correction measures for artifacts, image archival, operation of imaging equipment for diagnostic, portable, c-arm and fluoroscopic studies.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of Computed Tomography examinations. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency examinations are requirements of the course.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of Magnetic Resonance Imaging examinations. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency examinations are requirements of the course.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of mammographic examinations. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency examinations are requirements of the course.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of bone densitometry procedures. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency procedures are requirements of the course.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of vascular interventional examinations. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency examinations are requirements of the course.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in a supervised clinical setting. The student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to the performance of vascular interventional examinations. Case studies, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency examinations are requirements of the course.

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(Three hours theory per week) Anatomical cross-sections of the head, neck, thorax and spine are presented to students using images of human anatomy. Physiological considerations of major structures will also be addressed. Students practice and assess their identification skills through review exercises.

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(Three hours theory per week) Anatomical cross-sections of the abdomen, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities are presented to students using images of human anatomy. Physiological considerations of major structures will also be addressed. Students practice and assess their identification skills through review exercises. Student engagement will be emphasized using a required service experience.

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(Three hours theory per week) The course will focus on advanced topics in pediatric imaging. It will begin with a review of pediatric patient care, principles of ALARA, basic immobilization techniques, operation of imaging equipment for diagnostic, portable, c-arm and fluoroscopic studies. The course will center on advanced concepts in pediatric imaging including but not limited to pediatric pathology, pediatric radiation biology, and pediatric pharmacology, including drug administration and sedation medications. Further pediatric imaging in advanced modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, diagnostic medical ultrasound, cardiac interventional, and vascular interventional will be investigated.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course focuses on the theories, physics, application and instrumentation of Computed Tomography (CT) equipment. The student will examine and critique image analysis as a means in learning to evaluate images for correct technique, imaging protocols and identification of proper anatomy. The course will also examine and explore means of correcting poor images and artifact identification.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course focuses on basic Computed Tomography (CT) protocol information in addition to adapting common protocols based on patient needs and radiation dose reduction. This course will include indications, pathology, positioning, patient preparation and contrast administration for CT examinations.

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This course is designed to provide participants the requisite theories, concepts, and praxis in performing vascular-interventional radiography. Equipment operation and instrumentation, patient care, and procedural specifics for both vascular and non-vascular procedures will be the foci of this course. Procedures encompass neurologic, thoracic, abdominal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and peripheral imaging and intervention. Dialysis management and venous access will also be addressed.

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This course is designed to provide participants the requisite theories, concepts, and praxis in performing cardiac-interventional radiography. Equipment operation and instrumentation, patient care, and procedural specifics, including but not limited to anatomy, pathophysiology, indications, and contraindications, will be the foci of this course. Procedures encompass diagnostic studies, percutaneous intervention, hemodynamics and calculations, and conduction system studies.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course focuses on angiographic and interventional procedures. The students will be exposed to the basics of sterile technique, recording systems, automatic injectors, contrast media, catheters and accessories. The principles of angiography (arteriography, venography and lymphography) are presented, along with critiques of radiographic images. A wide range of vascular and nonvascular interventional procedures are examined in detail.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course is designed to provide participants the requisite theories, concepts, and praxis in performing mammographic procedures. Patient positioning, quality control and necessary patient education, along with the critique of radiographic images, serve as the foci of this course. The course also introduces the process of mammography image analysis where the participants will evaluate various images for correct positioning, proper technique and undesired artifacts.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course provides students with a basic understanding of the physics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the instrumentation used to acquire images in MRI. A historical perspective leading to the development of MRI, the basic principles of electricity and magnetism, the characteristics of radio frequencies and the phenomenon of resonance are addressed. Application of these principles to MRI pulse sequences and data acquisition are discussed. Hazards associated with strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies are imparted, as are the actual components of the MRI equipment.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course addresses advanced imaging techniques, including MR angiography, cardiac imaging and spectroscopy. The nature and use of contrast agents are discussed. Factors related to image quality and artifacts are considered. Imaging of the central nervous system, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities will be discussed in detail along with specific protocols that correlate to the MRI ARRT registry. Attention is given to the biological effects of MRI, patient education, screening and care. In addition, specific MRI safety regulations will be addressed in great detail.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course focuses on the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human structural support system. The course will focus on the history of bone densitometry, tracing the early roots of the modality all the way through its advancements in today’s scanners. The course will cover bone anatomy in detail, down to its cellular components. Bone pathologies that are significant to bone densitometry will also be covered in detail with an emphasis on osteoporosis.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course is designed for the student going into department supervision and management. The student will learn the basics of budgets, personnel scheduling, counseling, and administrative and leadership duties.

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(Three hours theory per week) This course explores the essential components of digital imaging systems for a diagnostic imaging facility. The process of digital imaging will be discussed in detail, focusing on the various aspects from initial selection and purchase to analysis and quality control of the system. Legal and security issues will also be discussed.

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This introductory course focuses on the role of the PACS administrator, process mapping, financial aspects of PACS procurement and project management skills. It also includes focus on computer networking and components such as HIS, RIS, HL7, and DICOM.

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This class is a continuation of PACS and Imaging Informatics I. This course focuses on the requirements and ergonomics of a reading room and/or PACS. Legal issues such as HIPAA and necessary safeguards, disaster recovery, acceptance testing and troubleshooting are also covered.

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This course focuses on computer basics such as hardware, database, operating systems and networking and security concepts. Special focus will be placed on the integration of imaging informatics.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in a supervised clinical setting. Working closely with a designated liaison, the student will apply concepts learned in their coursework to performance of digital imaging and PACS related procedures. The student will be exposed to a variety of issues and problems that will require them to contribute successful solutions. Projects, writing assignments and demonstration of prescribed competency procedures are requirements of the course. This externship will be followed by the advanced level externship course MI 450.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The externship is the evidence-based practice research project to the PACS curriculum. This field experience will be under the supervision of designated administrators and Clarkson College faculty. This is an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real world use of a PACS system. During this course, the student will perform clinical hands-on practice in a supervised clinical setting and will put into practice the knowledge acquired in the PACS (MI 486 and MI 487) coursework. The student will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous procedures within the specialty area, focusing on both the routine and advanced including a wide variety of troubleshooting tasks that PACS administrators and managers experience.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform hands-on practice in vascular interventional procedures. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform hands-on practice in cardiac-interventional procedures. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) This advanced externship course will allow the student to perform hands on experience in a pediatric setting. This advanced externship course will focus on the advanced procedures/imaging for pediatrics. The externship will emphasize the unique approach for caring for the pediatric patient in radiology. The advanced externship for diagnostic pediatric imaging will include patient care, principles of ALARA, immobilization techniques, causes and correction measures for artifacts, image archival, operation of imaging equipment for diagnostic, portable, c-arm and fluoroscopic studies. Additional focus will be on fluoroscopic imaging and surgical procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform hands-on practice in computed tomography. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform hands-on practice in magnetic resonance imaging. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform hands-on practice in mammography. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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(Minimum of 180 hours of clinical experience per semester) The student will perform clinical hands-on practice in bone densitometry. The student will obtain advanced clinical experience and will be required to demonstrate competency for numerous examinations within the specialty area, focusing on both routine and advanced procedures.

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Study directed by a faculty person on a topic of the student’s interest and the faculty member’s expertise.

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Last updated: 04/17/2018