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Radiography of the Spinal Column

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This module teaches you how to prepare for, set up and obtain radiographic images of the spinal column. Including both practice and test modes, the online procedure simulator offers three different scenarios that might be encountered in a clinical setting.

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X-ray imaging of the spine is often used in cases of significant trauma, with elderly patients, or to assist diagnosis of infection, malignancy or abnormality. This module teaches you how to prepare for, set up and obtain radiographic images of the spinal column. Including both practice and test modes, the online procedure simulator offers three different scenarios that might be encountered in a clinical setting. This module offers students and practitioners the knowledge, cognitive skills and a safe practice environment to obtain radiographs of the spinal column accurately, in preparation for working with real X-ray equipment and patients. If you are studying for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists® (ARRT) registry exams, this module is ideal.

You’ll learn

  • to practice, perfect and test your skills in obtaining X-rays of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx regions of the spine
  • to better visualize and understand the anatomy of the spine with our 3D anatomical model
  • to identify the indications and contraindications for performing radiographic procedures of the spine
  • how to manage the requirements of trauma and pediatric patients
  • how to position a patient to obtain optimal images of the spine
  • much more (see “content details” for more specific information)
Introduction
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment and room preparation
Step 1.2 - Patient preparation
Step 1.3 - Technologist preparation
Step 2 - Cervical spine
Step 2.1 - Routine projections
Step 2.2 - Trauma considerations
Step 2.3 - Pediatrics
Step 3 - Thoracic spine
Step 3.1 - Routine projections
Step 3.2 - Trauma
Step 3.3 - Pediatrics
Step 4 - Lumbar spine
Step 4.1 - Routine projections
Step 4.2 - Trauma
Step 4.3 - Pediatrics
Step 5 - Sacrum
Step 5.1 - Routine projections
Step 5.2 - Trauma
Step 5.3 - Pediatrics
Step 6 - Coccyx
Step 6.1 - Routine projections
Step 6.2 - Trauma
Step 6.3 - Pediatrics
  • Discuss indications for radiographic procedures of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx of the spine
  • Describe and utilize radiographic positioning terminology
  • Describe the anatomical details of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, and the sacrum and coccyx
  • Discuss cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx protocols
  • Describe positioning criteria and anatomical landmarks for each of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx spine projections
  • Discuss the radiographic requirements for cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx with regards to trauma and pediatric patients
  • Analyze the radiographs for quality and correct positioning criteria
  • Discuss pathology of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, and the sacrum and coccyx
  • Explain the Patient's Bill of Rights, HIPAA Privacy Rule, and Patient Safety Act  (see reference)

Disclaimer

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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