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X-Ray Tube Operations

Credits: 2
Course Number: 10-605-216

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Course Description

10-605-216 X-RAY TUBE OPERATIONS ...Focuses on the x-ray tube assembly and associated components including beam restriction, basic atomic and geometric principles of tube operation, methods to limit exposures, filament characteristics, and x-ray room design. (Prerequisite: 10-605-206, Medical Imaging)

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  • Spring

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What will I learn?

  1. Outline the process of high voltage current production as it applies to x-ray production
  2. Discuss the atomic interactions resulting in x-ray production and resultant photon occurrences
  3. Explain the electrical processes occurring in the x-ray tube during and after x-ray production
  4. Predict the effect upon diagnostic image quality with various modifications to x-ray tube designs, spatial alignment and geometric orientations
  5. Apply methods for x-ray exposure control and beam termination
  6. Analyze x-ray beam characteristics with changes in exposure factors, beam filtration and collimation
  7. Analyze various x-ray room designs for optimum radiation safety
  8. Troubleshoot major x-ray system components of a typical radiographic unit for successful operation
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