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VT 131 Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: VT 120 and 122 with grades of "C" or better

This course is designed to meet the needs of the veterinary technician who will be working for veterinarians in private practice, animal research laboratories, and/or private and state industrial or educational institutions. The course covers safety procedures, rules, regulations, x-ray production and theory as well as specific techniques associated with the use of radiographic equipment. It includes positioning techniques for various animal species as well as radiograph developing techniques and basic x-ray theory. Alternate imaging modalities are introduced and their use in veterinary medicine described. Emphasis is placed on the theory of diagnostic ultrasound and its use in veterinary medicine. A local field trip to a facility that offers the opportunity to perform large animal radiographic techniques may be required. Students will also be required to spend 2-6 hrs/week during assigned times in the care of the colony animals. Time may include weekends and holidays as well as semester break.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Produce diagnostic radiographs of dogs, cats, birds, small mammals and reptiles.