Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chest X-Ray Interpretation for Beginners

I found a nifty set of tutorial videos tonight on radiograph interpretation.  UndergroundMed.net has several tutorials and I will be posting some here to refer back to periodically. I'm focusing on chest radiographs at the moment and enjoyed this video:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thought of the Day

Position patients carefully and precisely. Be thoughtul and decisive when  determining imaging technique.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Thought of the Day

Demonstrate a thorough knowldge of contrast (indications, contraindications, administration).

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thought of the Day

Strive to be conscientious about minimizing dose to patient, self, and others (e.g., shielding, reproductive status, fluoro time).

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thought of the Day

Participate in and benefit from activities such as continuing education, peer review, and other professional interactions.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thought of the Day

Identitfy and address patient education needs. Exhibit empathy and help patient feel at ease.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thought of the Day

Understand how data may or may not apply to case at hand, while clearly recognizing potential limitations of that data.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Upper GI Study

I have an UGI scheduled tomorrow morning. School doesn't official start until Aug 27 but I'm diving in already.

Upper GI explained by Physician on YouTube.

Clinical Competencies (the stuff I'll be doing)

I will have to complete 78 competencies total for the RPA program A minimum of eight have to come from "elective" procedures. That means 16 comp's per semester to be completed.

For certification by the ARRT, I need the following:

Upper GI (mandatory) min. 40 procedures
SBFT (mandatory) 35
BE (mandatory) 30

Cystogram (mandatory) 25
HSG (elective) 5
Retro urethrogram (elective) 5

Invasive NonVasc
Arthrogram (mandatory) 30
Lumbar puncture under fluoro (mandatory) 10
Ng/Og tube under fluoro (mandatory) 30
Para/thoracentesis w/image guidance (M) 20
Fistulogram/sinogram (E) 5
Loopogram (E) 5
Tube injections (chole, etc) (E) 5
Ductogram (galactogram) (E) 5
Myelogram (E) 5
Breast needle loc (E) 5

Invasive Vascular
PICC placement (M) 25
Port injection (E) 5
Lower ext venogram (E) 5
Non tunnel ven cath central line placement (E) 5
Venous cath placement for dialysis (E) 5

Post Processing
Routine CT (3-D, modification of FOV, slice spacing) (E) 5
Routine CT (cardiac scoring, shunt graft measurements) (E) 5
MR data analysis (3-D recon, MIP, 3-D surface render, vol render) (E) 5

Number of Mandatory cases 375
Number of Elective cases 125
Total number of cases 500

Thought of the Day

We will be graded by our supervising Radiologist according to a Summative Evaluation Rating Scale. In the Thought of the Day I will list the criteria in an effort to strengthen my performance standards.

Thought of the Day:

Demonstrate thorough  evaluation of records and other information and be autonomous in locating information.

(page 33 Clinical Manual)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pain Clinics and Procedures

I've been observing at our local Pain Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I've seen blocks of the cervical spine, shoulder, and lumbar spine so far.

I've also observed two thoracenteses, a pigtail catheter insertion, a modified barium swallow x 2  and barium enema. It was nice NOT being the Tech for the BE for a change :-)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pigtail Catheter Chest Insertion

Today I'll be observing a pigtail catheter chest insertion for loculated perfusion of the left chest. Same patient had a thoracentesis done two days ago.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Radiology Practitioner Assistant

Here's a good article regarding a typical day for an RPA. Although it was written way back in 2003, it still shows some insight into the profession and there aren't very many articles on the topic.

Radiologist Group on LinkedIn for Networking

There is a group on LinkedIn called Radiologist Assistant for those of you interested in networking with other RAs.

Link here. It currently has 17 members. As a new member to the group, I've already had some nice feedback on my posts.

Radiology Assistant vs Nurse Practitioner vs Physician Assistant

According to  Journal of American College of  Radiology 2012 Apr;9(4):270-4, the average curriculum for the Radiologist Assistant "includes a core education that is comparable with the physician assistant and nurse practitioner curricula, with the exception of prescriptive authority and health promotion and disease prevention. The RA curriculum adds instruction in radiobiology, radiation safety, radiologic procedures, fluoroscopic unit operation and safety, and radiopharmaceuticals."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to Register for 1st Semester

PLEASE CALL 1-800-848-7770, option 1, extension 6600 or 1-801-626-6600 and register for the following Fall, 2012 courses:

Please register for the following courses for FALL SEMESTER, 2012: CRN Number Course # Course Title Credit Hours Instructor
20145 RADT 3143 Imaging Pathophysiology 3 Kawamura
20146 RADT 3243 Patient Care and Assessment II 3 Walker
24528 RADT 4992 Seminar 1 Newham
20148 RADT 5403 Evaluation of the Osseous System 3 Newham
20149 RADT 5423 Evaluation of the Abdomen and GI System 3 Newham
20150 RADT 5861 Clinical Preceptorship 3 Newham

Monday, July 16, 2012

First Semester Books

This is a work in progress list. There are still a few books I don't have linked up yet for first semester.

Class Bulletin Board Linked here.

First Semester Fall 2012

1st Year
RADT 3143     Imaging Pathophysiology 

RADT 3243     Patient Care and Assessment II (book & workbook)
RADT 4992     Seminar
RADT 5403     Evaluation of the Osseous System
RADT 5423     Evaluation of the Abdomen and GI System

RADT 5861     RA Clinical Competency Validation Manual /Handbook

Books Required:

RADT 4992 No book
RADT 3143 
Understanding Pathophysiology,, 5TH ed. St. Louis,
Huether, Sue E and Kathryn L. McCance, (2013).
MO: Mosby
ISBN: 978-0-323-07891-7

RADT 3243

Student workbook to accompany Mosby’s guide to physical examination
Seidel, Henry M., et.al. (2010) .
physical examination
Mosby’s guide to

Seidel, Henry M., et.al. (2010). , 7th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby
7th edition. St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Year Book

RADT 5403 & 5423 (ON SALE NOW!)
The Brant and Helms Solution 3rd Ed.
Brant, William E & Clyde A Helms (2006)
and Helms Solution Fundamentals of Diagnostic
Radiology, Plus Integrated Content Website,
Edition, Lippincott: Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 978-0-7817-6135-2


Squires’ Fundamentals, 6th edition.
ISBN: 978-0-6740-1279-0

RADT 5861 book given at orientation?

If there is anything I've missed or you find a better price, please leave a comment.

The Purpose of this Blog

I'll be starting the RPA/RA program at Weber State University next month. Orientation is August 6-9, 2012 and I can hardly wait.

I'll be using this blog as a place to post lecture notes, case studies, links to supplies and anything else relevent.