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Radiation Safety Protocols for Fluoroscopy: What are X-Rays? (CE)

Course Format: Online Video
Course Credit Type: CE ARRT
Course Credit: 1.00
Rewards Points Earned: 125
Course Category: *Imaging
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers (AVIR) an approved ARRT RECEEM.
Course Producer: AltusLearn
Course Cost: $17.99
Course Release Date: May 15, 2018
Course Expiration Date: May 15, 2021
Program Summary:

X-rays have revolutionized medicine and enabled us to diagnose and help patients that would not have been possible without them. X-rays can cause acute harm, cancer and birth defects if not administered correctly and that is why practitioners must understand and manage patient dose and scattered radiation to insure overall safety. In this first episode of the 8-episode series Radiation Safety Protocols for Fluoroscopy we will talk about what X-rays are and how they get produced. We will learn about the X-ray tube and the other components.

Outline:
  • Discovery of X-Rays
  • Properties of Ionizing Radiation
  • X-ray Interaction & Attenuation
  • X-ray Production
After this talk the learner should be able to:
  • Explain how frequency and wavelength are related
  • Define the difference between ionizing and nonionizing radiation
  • Identify the components of an x-ray Tube
  • Summarize what kVp and mA actually mean, and how they are useful
This course is intended for:

This course is designed for physicians and healthcare professionals performing fluoroscopically guided procedures in the cardiac and interventional suite. It is designed to enhance understanding of radiation as a tool that must be managed to protect staff and patients in the use of fluoroscopic equipment. You will learn the biological effects of x-ray radiation and principles of radiation protection. You will improve your understanding of operation and principles of fluoroscopic equipment including exposure (air kerma) outputs, high level control options, dose reduction techniques and procedures for recording data.

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