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NAME OF COURSE: RADG 42. 440 Radiographic Pathology I

PREREQUISITES:RADG 42.320 Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II,
RADG 42.380 Radiographic Procedures I, RADG. 42.305 Radiographic Clinical Experience I,
RADG 42.331 Patient Care.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course presents a body system approach to the demonstration of
human diseases through medical imaging. The course emphasizes adaptations of routine
positioning and radiographic technique to best demonstrate pathology and maximize diagnostic
quality. Covered topics include patient care considerations relative to disease processes.
Discussions include which imaging method or modality will best demonstrate each pathological
condition. The course includes review of radiographs and films from Computed Tomography,
Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance, Mammography, Special Procedures and Nuclear Medicine.
Systems covered include: respiratory, skeletal, gastrointestinal, and urinary.


Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology (5 edition): Eisenberg & Johnson

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will:

Understand the basic principles of pathology and gain an awareness of the radiographic
appearances of specific diseases that are essential to the radiographer.
Understand pathology in order to become a more competent professional and a contributing
member of the diagnostic team.
Understand pathology in order to select proper modalities and determine the need for additional
or special projections due to specific disease processes.
Understand common disease processes and effectively apply principles of radiographic pathology
in clinical practice for both standard and adapted radiographic positioning and patient care.
Integrate principles of imaging and technique selection; develop independent judgment skills for
adjusting technical factors based on characteristics of various pathologies as they affect subject
contrast and radiographic density
Gain a knowledge base, that when combined with clinical practice, helps the student in
developing confidence and accuracy in independent judgment in all aspects of general

Class Presentation: This majority of this class will be online. The only difference between an
online course and a traditional course is with online you can attend your class at a time that is
convenient for you. Like any class, you will read texts and supplemental materials, complete
assignments and take exams. Exams will be given in the classroom at designated times. At the
beginning of each week you will be e-mailed a Unit outline that includes the unit objectives, an
assignment, and a PowerPoint presentation. Please review all of these materials to help you
prepare for the exam.
ASSIGNMENTS: Each unit covered will have a written assignment and an exam to test your
comprehension of the material. Assignments will be due by midnight on Sunday of that units
week. For example, unit 1 assignment will be due by midnight on January 18 . Assignments
should be saved into a word document and e-mailed to me at
Please notify me if there some reason that you cannot meet this deadline and other
arrangements may be made depending on the situation. Although your workbook is not graded, it
will benefit you to complete the exercises.

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Exams: Unit exams will be administered sometime during the next didactic week. For instance,
Unit 1 exam will be taken during the week of January 26th. All tests are administered by an
instructor and will have an allotted time. All make up exams are at the discretion of the instructor.
The exam may be different from the one given to the rest of the class. It may be in written, essay
or oral format.
Time frame: Phase II/Spring Term - 8 didactic weeks
Method: Power Point notes & supplemental readings
Credits: 2 credit hours
Course Sequence:
Week 1
January 12-15th

Week 2


Unit 1- Chapter 1: Introduction to Pathology &

Chapter 2: Specialized Imaging Techniques


January 26 -29

Week 3

Unit 1 exam
Unit II - Chapter 3: Respiratory System
*Submit Essay topic and summary


February 9-12

Week 4

Unit II: Respiratory exam

Unit III Chapter 4: Skeletal System (first half of chapter)


February 23-26

Week 5

Skeletal exam (beginning of chapter until Benign bone tumors).

Continue second half of Unit III Chapter 4: Skeletal system (start
at Benign bone tumors)


March 16-19

Week 6
March 30-April 2

Week 7


Unit IV: Gastrointestinal Exam

Unit V Chapter 6: Urinary System


Unit V: Urinary Exam

**Essays due**


Final Exam

April 13-16

Week 8

Unit III: Skeletal Exam

Unit IV Chapter 5: Gastrointestinal System

April 27-30

*Course sequence is subject to change

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS: All students are responsible for attaining competencies through
completion of the following course requirements:
-reading assigned chapters in texts and supplemental readings
-completing all workbook and computer-based assignments
-completing all quizzes/exams
Methods of Evaluation: Assignments will be averaged and given the value of one unit test. The
final exam will count 25% of the final grade. As with all RAD TECH major courses, the grading
scale is as follows:
The final course grade is divided into two weighted categories:
1 Unit Evaluation each exam
Weekly Assignments* =
1 Unit Evaluation
1 Unit Evaluation
Unit Evaluations =
75% of course grade
Final Examination =
25% of course grade
*10 points will be deducted from the assignment grade each class day the assignment/exam is
Essay Criteria: For this essay you will choose a specific pathology to research. The pathology
should have some relevance to the imaging sciences. In other words, it is a pathology that can
be detected, diagnosed and/or staged or treated using one or more of the imaging modalities.
The topic should be approved by the instructor prior to beginning your research. This will ensure
that you dont choose some obscure pathology that you would have difficulty finding enough
information on. Sometimes topics may need to be refined to facilitate the research.
The final paper should provide a comprehensive description of the pathology and how it
affects the patient. Present the inherent symptoms and the usual course of treatment, along with
what exams may be needed to diagnose or evaluate the chosen pathology. The paper should
analyze how the chosen pathology affects procedure and technique in order to produce an
optimal exam and image. The topic of this research paper should be some type of pathology that
is of interest to you.
In addition to your textbook, you must use a minimum of three reliable sources for this
research project. You should not depend on the internet for all of your information. In other
words, a combination of written text, either from books, journals or periodicals, as well as internet
sources should be used. The sources you use must be outlined in a bibliography and must be
included in the report. Internet sources must be used with discretion (no Wikipedia).

Technical papers are written in the passive voice or in 3 person. (no I my me mine). Also,
NO contractions
* Submit your essay topic by the end of week 2 for approval.
* Essays will be due by the end of week 7
In addition, your paper must include:
-Title Page- Including
1) Student Name
2) Swedish American School of Radiography
3) Date
4) Approved Pathology
5) Instructor Name

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- Double Spaced, 12 font, New Times Roman

- 1 inch margins
-Body of paper should be a minimum of 3 full pages
-Reference page
- ****Reference anything that is not your own idea or was taken from another source****
A grading rubric is supplied at the end of the syllabus. Please use this as a reference tool!
Students in this course will be expected to comply with the policies stated in the SAH School of
Radiography Handbook. Baccalaureate track students will also be held to the University Policies
and Procedures regarding academic integrity that appear in the university catalog. Honesty in all
academic work is expected of every student. This means giving ones own answers in all class
work, quizzes and examinations without help from any source not approved by the instructor.
Written material is to be the students original composition. Appropriate credit must be given for
outside sources from which ideas, language, or quotations are derived. You are expected to do
your own work in this course.
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability
should contact your instructor privately to discuss your specific needs. Reasonable
accommodations, as arranged through the disabilities coordinator (for Baccalaureate track
students), Pat Vivio, will be provided for students with documented disabilities. Contact Pat Vivio
at (815) 740-32045 in Tower Hall room S210 to coordinate accommodations. For Certificate
track students, the Program Director is your contact person.

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Excellent (5 points)

Good (4 points)

Satisfactory (3 points)

Student presents
information in
logical, interesting
sequence which
audience can easily

Student presents
information in
logical sequence
which audience
can easily follow.

Student presents
information in
logical sequence
which audience
can somewhat
Student exhibits
a general
knowledge of the

Student clearly
analyzed chosen
pathology &
demonstrates a
clear understanding
of the topic
Student identified
all aspects of
patient condition &

&/or technical

demonstrates a
understanding of
technical factor
selection relating to
patient pathology to
produce optimal


Thorough and
logical analysis of
the pathology.
Options for altering
techniques and
procedure were
reasonable and

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Student exhibits
a good
understanding of
the topic.

considered most
aspects of
patient condition
& needs
demonstrates a
understanding of
technical factor
selection to
produce a good

considered some
aspects of patient
condition &
demonstrates a
understanding of
technical factor
selection to
produce an

Good analysis of
the pathology.
Options for
technique and
procedure were
reasonable and

analysis of the
Identified an
option for altering
procedure or
technique to
obtain an
adequate exam.

Expectations(2-0 points)
Difficulty following
paper because
information jumps

Student has
knowledge and
understanding of
the issues.
Student failed to
consider some
important aspects
of patient condition
&/or needs.
Student did not
demonstrate an
understanding of
technical factor
selection or the
impact of patient
characteristics on
image quality.
Reasoning unclear.
Failed to recognize
significant options
Options and/or
were not wellthought out.