Patient Care in Radiology

Tuition: $99
Hours: 6


Course Description

This six-hour course discusses the methods available to the doctor of chiropractic to obtain quality x-ray images and to reduce patient exposure to radiation from x-ray. The course is designed to provide Chiropractors with current information on x-ray production, patient protection and procedures related to producing quality radiographs in the chiropractic office. The learner’s activities and actual course time is tracked electronically.  The learner is engaged in this distance-based class by the use of interactive teaching tools.


The learner’s time spent studying and participating in the course is tracked electronically.  A formal multiple-choice examination is administered at the termination of the course materials.  There will be at least three questions for every hour of the class.  The learner will also be required to construct essay materials related to the case studies. The learner must receive a score of 75% of the total possible points to receive credit for the course.  Learners not achieving the pass rate will be directed to additional study by the instructor and allowed to re-take the examination.



  1. Introduction to patient care in radiology
  2. Ionization and radiation
  3. Methods of producing quality x-rays
  4. Dark room procedures
  5. Patient protection
  6. Public and occupational protection


In this course the learner will:

  • Review x-ray physics as it relates to radiation production
  • Review different types of radiation
  • Identify methods of reducing patient, staff and public x-ray exposure
  • Review the ACCR Guidelines address issues common to clinical practice
  • Identify the three principal reasons for decreased sharpness associated with traditional imaging methods.
  • Develop skills to decrease scatter.
  • Review the amount of change in x-ray settings to produce a visible difference in the image.
  • Develop skills to improve image detail.
  • Identify the four factors that influence density.
  • Identify requirements for film identification.
  • Identify how to produce quality x-ray images
  • Review case studies of patients that required related radiographic study


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.