Computed Tomography (CT) Certificate

Program Overview

If you would like to combine working in healthcare and working with computers, a career in Computed Tomography may be for you. Computed Tomography is a rapidly growing advanced imaging technology that creates cross-sectional and three-dimensional images of the body using radiation and computers.

By completing the Certificate in Computed Tomography you will study normal cross-sectional anatomy and learn how common pathologies appear on CT images. You will gain an understanding of the physical principles of CT and how the CT equipment functions as well as radiation protection and safety measures specific to CT. You will also learn the special requirements needed for caring for patients in today’s CT departments.

This program will run from January through June. Classes will be a hybrid format providing students with both online and in person classroom time. Students will acquire knowledge of the physics and instrumentation of CT as well as the foundation of digital imaging in Radiologic Science. Unique to the program here is the clinical practicum. Students are provided with a clinical location in order to gain experience on CT procedures and acquire the competencies necessary for eligibility of the ARRT CT examination.

Program Requirements:

Applicants must be graduates of a Radiography program that are either RT(R) or registry eligible.  All students are required to have all immunizations and a CORI prior to starting the program.

Course Descriptions:

CT100 Patient Care & Safety/Rad Protection
This course is designed to provide the basic concepts of patient care as well as ethical and legal considerations in relation to medical imaging. Included in discussions will be considerations for the physical and psychological needs of the patient and family, routine emergency patient care as well as infection control. The radiation protection will include an overview of the principles of radiation protection and the responsibilities of the CT technologist for protecting patients, public, and personnel form over exposure. Basic concepts of venipuncture and administration of diagnostic contrast agents and intravenous medications as well as the appropriate delivery of patient care during contrast procedures will be discussed.

 

CT101 CT Procedures I
Content provides detailed coverage of procedures for CT imaging of adults and pediatric patients. Procedures include indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning. Also included in procedures will be patient history taking and assessment, contrast media usage and contra-indications. Scout image procedures, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images will be covered. Procedural protocols differ from one facility to the next based on radiologist preferences, so generally accepted principles will be discussed. Discussion will also include anatomy/physiology and pathophysiology, cross sectional imaging, artifacts, and contrast requirements for the given exams. Procedures covered will include those of the head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities, and trauma exams. For each of these areas, a discussion will be included for relevant diseases including description, etiology, associated symptoms and diagnosis, and image appearance.

 

CT201 CT Procedures II
Prerequisites: CT100 & CT101

Content provides detailed coverage of procedures for CT imaging of adults and pediatric patients. Procedures include indications for the procedure, patient education, preparation, orientation and positioning. Also included in procedures will be patient history taking and assessment, contrast media usage and contra-indications. Scout image procedures, selectable scan parameters and archiving of the images will be covered. Procedural protocols differ from one facility to the next based on radiologist preferences, so generally accepted principles will be discussed. Discussion will also include anatomy/physiology and pathophysiology, cross sectional imaging, artifacts, and contrast requirements for the given exams. Procedures covered will include cardiac imaging, arterial/venous imaging, urinary studies, biopsies, drainages, fluoroscopy, pulmonary studies, and other special exams. For each of these areas, a discussion will be included for relevant diseases including description, etiology, associated symptoms and diagnosis, and image appearance.

 

CT202 Physics and Instrumentation (to include basic digital imaging review)
Prerequisites: CT100 & CT101

Content in CT202 is designed to provide students with an introduction and a basic understanding of the operation of a CT machine, as well as an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation involved in acquiring CT images. The historical development and evolution of CT systems will be reviewed. Topics covered will include x-radiation in image formation, beam attenuation, linear attenuation coefficients, tissue characteristics and Hounsfield units. Data acquisition and manipulation and image reconstruction will also be explained. Factors affecting image acquisition will be identified as will quality assurance and machine maintenance. The post processing image generation principles covered will include MPR, curved MPR, Surface rendering or 3D shaded surface displays, volume rendered images, maximum/minimum intensity projections and image segmentation.

 

Clinical Practicum I&II
Clinical practice is designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize, and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of CT procedures. Clinical practice is designed to provide patient care and assessment, competent performance of CT images and quality management. Students will be provided with guidelines to follow and competencies to obtain throughout their clinical experience based on reviewed exams covered in CT101 and CT201

 

Program Cost

$3,500.00 (After successful completion of the program HHS employees are eligible for Tuition Reimbursement.)  Reduced tuition for those working in the field who are able to provide their own clinical site.

 

Application

Certificate Programs Application

 

After completion:

  • Students will be qualified to sit for the ARRT CT exam.
  • Students can transfer certificate to Regis College for a package of credits towards a BS in Medical Imaging.