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Course : Introduction to Medical Imaging amd Medical terminology

Course Number
RADS 2012
Section Number
Spring 2024
Centennial Hall, 340
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, May 01, 2024 1:00 pm

Course Objectives: 


Upon completion of this course, a student will: 

Introduction to Medical Imaging

•               Discuss radiologic technology history and its emerging development

•               Recognize and describe various members of the health care team

•               Describe various professional organizations related to radiologic technology

•               Describe clinical education and discuss various policies related to clinical

•               Provide an overview of the administration of health care organizations in general
            and radiology departments in particular

•               Describe briefly in general terms, image production and the criteria for
            determining radiographic quality

•               Recognize and explain manipulation of routine and fluoroscopic equipment

•               Describe basic radiation protection principles

•               Discuss ethical professional behavior


Medical Terminology

•      Define the origins of medical language and the four word parts used to build medical terms. 

•      Define, build, interpret, and pronounce medical terms related to body structure, anatomic planes, abdominopelvic regions, the integumentary system, denotations of color, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive systems, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the ear and eye, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. 

•      Interpret the meaning of abbreviations related to body structure, directional terms, abdominopelvic quadrants, the integumentary system, denotations of color, anatomic planes, abdominopelvic regions, the integumentary system, denotations of color, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive systems, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, the digestive system, the ear and eye, the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the endocrine system. 

•      Use medical language in clinical statements and documents. 

•      Use radiology related medical language in statements and documents. 

Independent Reading Assignments


Students must read the assigned lessons and supplements. 

•      Introduction to Medical Imaging: Supplements found in course content

Medical Terminology

•      Unit 1: Summary, power point notes (found in course content) and Chapters 1, 2 and 3 

•      Unit 2: Summary to include medical abbreviations, power point notes (found in course content) and Chapters 4 and 5

•      Unit 3:  Summary to include medical abbreviations, power point notes (found in course content) and Chapters 6, 7, and 8

•      Unit 4: Summary to include medical abbreviations, power point notes (found in course content) and Chapters  9,10,13, 14 and 15. 


Note: Medical Terminology Flashcards are on a PDF file found in the course content. These are an excellent way to prepare for all tests and the final.



Comprehensive Final Exam 


The final will be a comprehensive final exam, and will be administered during the date listed at the end of the syllabus. The comprehensive final exam will contain questions that will also include material from the introduction portion of this course.

This is a hybrid course that will be taught face-to-face with all class notes and other reading material delivered through D2L. All students are expected to participate in all independent reading assignments and required practice activities. Students must be prepared when they come to class



       Quizzes @ 10% each      70%

        Final Exam                      30%


Grade Scale: (This instructor does NOT round grades.)

A                                 100-90 

B                                  89-80

C                                  79-75

D                                  74-65

F                                  64 & below


** Please note that this course requires a 75 for a grade of “C.” This is consistent with the grading policy of the BSRT Radiologic Sciences Program. This course is a prerequisite for admittance into the BSRT Radiologic Sciences Program – a grade of C or higher is required.


The student has a responsibility to attend all classes / labs at the designated time of that class or lab. If a student does not, they will be classified as absent. The following criteria of those classifications are solely those of the instructor of this class.



Defined Tardiness (Lecture/Lab)


Any student that arrives to lecture 5 minutes after the starting time designated in the university catalogue of lecture/lab will be considered tardy. If the student arrives tardy a total of two (2) times, the student will be penalized in the form of one (1) unexcused absence. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Defined Absence (Lecture/Lab)


A student will have ten (10) minutes after the designated starting time to be present in lecture. If the student is not present at that time, he/she will be considered absent. The student will be marked as having an unexcused absence from lecture. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in failure of the course and possible dismissal from the program.


A student will be considered as having an excused absence from class if the following criteria have been established:

Death of an immediate family member. An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle or child.

Summons to appear in court or jury duty.  A copy of the summons is required.

Call to military service. A copy of your orders to report is required.

University sponsored event.  Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.

 Debilitating Illness or Disability.  Will be addressed on an individual basis.


If a student if affected by an illness that is not debilitating, (i.e. flu, virus infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive  class sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.   A doctor’s note must have a statement to the affect that you were seen in the office, or you are cleared to return to classes. It does not have to state what you were seen for. There will be no exception to this policy.   


Personal Appointments


Students must refrain from making appointments that will take them out of class / lab. Routine doctor or dentist visits are an example of this.  If you leave class / lab early because of an appointment, or for any other reason, the occurrence will be treated with the same regard as an unexcused absence. However, unexpected events do occur and will be addressed on an individual basis.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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