PHY 128 - Physics for Health Science/Radiography
3 Lecture Hours
Prerequisites: PHY 100 or equivalent and acceptance into the Radiologic Technology Program
This course explores the physics of X-rays and radiography. Students gain a quantitative and qualitative understanding of the physical principles describing the nature of X-rays, the production and characterization of radiation and how X-rays interact with matter.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Describe the basic physical principles behind X-ray production and imaging.
- Explain the nature and production of X-rays and how X-rays interact with matter.
- Explain the theory of operations of basic X-ray imaging systems and various imaging modalities employing X-rays.
- Predict the impact of physics factors which will affect the X-ray image.
- Solve problems of the physics portion of the Radiologic Technologist Registration exam.
- Atomic structure
- The electromagnetic spectrum
- Basic electrical circuitry of X-ray imaging systems
- High voltage generation and rectification
- The X-ray tube and thermionic emission
- X-ray beam quantity and quality
- Factors affecting the X-ray image
- Imaging techniques
Textbook; Scientific Calculator, Internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
- Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
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