ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE

 

APPROVED COURSE OUTLINE

 

 

 

RTE                  2576                            Basic Magnetic Resonance Imaging II                                         2  

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A.    Course Description:

 

        Prerequisite: RTE 2575 and RTE 2762. Corequisite: RTE 2576L. This course is offered to Radiographers, Nuclear Medicine Technologists and Radiation Therapists currently registered and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This course is designed to facilitate the development of highly specialized knowledge in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Specific content areas to be studied include patient care and MRI safety and imaging procedures. 32 contact hours.

 

 

B.    Major Learning Outcomes:

 

        1.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of screening patients for Magnetic Resonance (MR) studies.

 

        2.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of the assessment and monitoring of patients undergoing MR studies.

 

        3.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of safety precautions needed in the performance of MR studies.

 

        4.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of biological interactions associated with MR.

 

        5.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of imaging procedures.

 

        6.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology by magnetic resonance imaging.

 

        7.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of patient positioning in MR studies.

 

        8.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of contrast materials used in MR studies.

 

 

C.    Course Objectives Stated in Performance Terms:

 

        1.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of screening patients for Magnetic Resonance (MR) studies by:

 

        a.     recognizing the special needs of the following types of patients:  trauma, pediatric, elderly and claustrophobic.

 

        b.     identifying the correct procedures for verifying patient identification.

 

        c.     explaining procedures for obtaining a patient history and assessing physical and mental status.

       

        2.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of the assessment and monitoring of patients undergoing MR studies by:

 

                a.     identifying patient symptoms manifested by common emergency conditions and life threatening situations.

 

                b.     describing procedures for the monitoring of support equipment such as IV's IVs, oxygen, walkers and other metallic items.

 

                c.     identifying adverse reactions to contrast materials.

 

                d.     describing use of sedatives and other sedation techniques.

 

        3.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of safety precautions needed in the performance of MR studies by:

 

                a.     identifying the correct placement of electrical conductors such as ECG leads, coils and cables.

 

                b.     recognizing the following environmental considerations needed in MR studies:

                        1.     temperature

                        2.     humidity

                        3.     gauss lines (5G, 10G)

                        4.     magnetic shielding

                        5.     RF shielding.

 

                c.     describing emergency procedures necessary in the event of quenching.

 

                d.     explaining procedure for screening for ferrous and RF-sensitive metal.

 

        4.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of biological interactions associated with MR by:

 

                a.     recognizing these radio frequency specifics:

                        1.         FDA guidelines

                        2.         specific absorption rate

                        3.         potential biological effects.

 

                b.     identifying the following static field specifics:

                        1.         FDA guidelines

                        2.         tesla

                        3.         potential biological effects.

 

                c.     describing the following gradient field specifics:

                        1.         FDA guidelines

                        2.         time-varying magnetic fields

                        3.         potential biological effects.

 

        5.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of imaging procedures by:

 

                a.     describing and MR procedures for the following studies:

                        1.     head and  neck

                                a.     brain

                                b.     internal auditory canal

                                c.     pituitary

                                d.     orbit

                                e.     cranial nerves

                                f.      soft tissue neck

                        2.     spine

                                a.     cervical

                                b.     thoracic

                                c.     lumbo-sacral

                        3.     thorax

                                a.     brachial plexus

                                b.     cardiovascular

                                c.     breast

                        4.     abdomen

                                a.     liver, spleen, pancreas

                                b.     kidneys, adrenals

                                c.     retroperitoneum

                        5.     pelvis

                                a.     female

                                b.     male

                        6.     musculoskeletal

                                a.     temporomandibular joint

                                b.     upper extremities

                                c.     lower extremities

                        7.     vascular

                                a.     head and neck

                                b.     body

                                c.     extremities.

 

        6.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology by magnetic resonance imaging by recognizing anatomy and physiology on MR images in the following planes:

 

                        1.     sagittal

                        2.     transverse

                        3.     coronal

                        4.     off-axis (oblique).

 

        7.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of patient positioning in MR studies by recognizing the following patient considerations:

 

                        1.     coil selection and position

                        2.     patient orientation

                        3.     landmarking

                        4,     physiologic gating and triggering.

 

        8.     The student will demonstrate knowledge of contrast materials used in MR studies by:

 

                a.     calculating dosage.

 

                b.     identifying contraindications in contrast administration.

 

                c.     identifying and describe the routes of contrast administration.

 

                d.     describing the effects of contrast on MR images.

 

 

D.    Criteria Performance Standard:

 

        Upon successful completion of the course the student will, with a minimum of 75% accuracy, demonstrate mastery of each of the above stated objectives through classroom measures developed by individual course instructors.

 

 

 

DBT 10/94, Eff Sess 19952.

 

 

 

3 Yr Review 1999-00.

 

 

 

3 Year Review 2003.