Radiation Sciences Programs

  • Computed Tomography Distance Education

    The following CT distance education courses provide the information outlined in The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination Content Specifications for CT. It should be noted that those wishing to sit for the ARRT - CT examination must have completed the ARRT Primary Certification in Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy and the ARRT clinical experience requirements for CT. The clinical experience requirements may be completed at your place of employment or by enrolling in partnering clinical internships.

    Course Information

    RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (3 sh)

    Instructor: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Summer, Fall, and Spring

    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with anatomy as identifiable in sections. The units will include instruction of transverse, sagittal and coronal views of the central nervous system, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system. Anatomical structures will be correlated with CT and MRI images.

    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy 027:053, 060:113, 06:099, or 060:110, or Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy or Sonography Program anatomy course.

    RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Harris (stephanie-harris@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Fall

    Description: Information on CT procedures of the head, neck, thorax, mediastinum, abdomen, and pelvis, to include positioning techniques, patient preparation, monitoring and care, indications and contraindications for the procedures, and contrast media usage will be presented. Basic protocol information, along with adjustments to tailor the procedures for the patient's indications, and brief units on patient care topics relevant to CT patients and procedures and on CT parameters and equipment will be included.

    Prerequisite: ARRT Primary Certification in Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy

    Corequisite: RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy (if not taken as prerequisite)

    RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy (3 sh)

    Instructor: Zanetta Hoehle (zanetta-hoehle@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Summer, Fall, and Spring

    Description: Normal arterial and venous anatomy of all parts of the circulatory system will be discussed and illustrated through angiographic, MRI, and CT images. Common variants will also be presented.

    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy 027:053, 060:113, 060:099, or 060:110, or Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy or Sonography Program anatomy course.

    RSCT:4125 CT Procedures II (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Harris (stephanie-harris@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Spring

    Description: Imaging information in musculoskeletal exams, 3D reconstruction, CTAs, cardiac to include gating, biopsies, drains, post-myelography, Radiation Therapy planning and 4D imaging, CT arthrography, PET/CT, SPECT/CT, and virtual colonoscopy will be presented. Procedure indications and contraindications, patient and room preparation, positioning techniques, contrast media usage, and scan parameters for each will be included, along with basic protocol information and how to tailor procedures to the patient's indications.

    Prerequisite: RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I

    Corequisites: RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy (if not taken as prerequisite)

    RSCT:4130 CT Physical Principles and Quality Control (4 sh)

    Instructor: Kathy Martensen (kathy-martensen@uiowa.edu)

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Description: Content is designed to impart an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in computed tomography. The historical development and evolution of computed tomography is reviewed. Physics topics covered include the characteristics of x-radiation, CT beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characteristics, and Hounsfield numbers application. Data acquisition and manipulation techniques, image reconstruction algorithms such as filtered back-projection and Fourier transform will be explained. Computed tomography systems and operations will be explored with full coverage of radiographic tube configuration, collimator design and function, detector type, characteristics and functions and the CT computer and array processor. CT image processing and display will be examined from data acquisition through post-processing and archiving and patient factors related to other elements affecting image quality will be explained, as well a artifact production and reduction. Radiation protection practices and quality control will also be explored.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of ARRT Primary Certification in Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, or Radiation Therapy.

    RSCT:4110 CT/MRI Pathology (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Setter (stephanie-setter@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Spring

    Description: The Pathology for Advanced Imaging course will focus on common pathological conditions found on CT and MRI images, including protocol appearance variations. The units of CNS, Musculoskeletal, Neck/Thorax and Abdominopelvic pathology will be the areas covered. Common pathologies from each of these body sections will be included. Learning will be enhanced by textbook readings, in class discussions and special projects including: Case studies and Power Point Presentations. There will be weekly quizzes as well as a course final exam.

    Corequisite: RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy if not taken as a prerequisite or 3 months CT/MRI experience.

    Guidelines to Consider When Choosing the Order to Take the Courses

    RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences

    • Offered during the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.
    • Pre or Corequisite for RSCT:4110 CT/MRI Pathology.
    • Corequisite for RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I if not taken as a prerequisite

    RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy

    • Offered during the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters
    • Corequisite for RSCT:4125 CT Procedures II if not taken as a prerequisite

    RSCT:4130 CT Physical Principles and Quality Control

    • Offered during the Fall semester only.
    • Must be taken prior to or during the semester that the RSCT:4140 CT Clinical Internship is taken if you are completing the internship.

    RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I

    • Offered during the Fall semester only.
    • Must be taken prior to or during the semester that the RSCT:4140 CT Clinical Internship is taken if you are completing the internship. The most ideal situation is to take this course with the internship.
    • Students taking this course have stated that they have found completing the RSCT:4130 CT Physical Principles and Quality Control course prior to this course was helpful.

    RSCT:4125 CT Procedures II

    • Offered during the Spring semester only.
    • Prerequisite: RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I
    • Corequisite: RSCI:4110 Vascular Anatomy if not taken as a prerequisite

    RSCT:4110 CT/MRI Pathology

    • Offered during the Spring semester.
    • Pre or corequisite is RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy if the student does not have a minimum of 3 months CT experience.
    • Students taking this course have stated that they have found completing the RSCT:4120 CT Procedures I course prior to this course was helpful.