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  • Approval: This course is approved by ASRT - an approved continuing education provider of ARRT.
  • Release Date: 6/25/2021
  • Expiration Date: 7/1/2024
  • Credit Hours: 1.5 Credits
  • Course Description and objectives:

    Course Description
    The digital revolution has brought about many changes and has provided medical imaging professionals with better tools to help facilitate workflow changes in everyday clinical applications and specialties. As the use of radiography grew beyond the scope of the hospital setting, digital radiography (DR) began to be used in other areas such as orthopedics, pain management, and sports medicine. The implementation of DR systems in a dedicated digital orthopedic imaging suite was also part of this evolution. As advancements in this technology continued, the amount of time from completing the imaging study, to when the orthopedist viewed the images, was greatly reduced. Orthopedic radiologic technologists (ORTs) have also been able to improve patient outcomes by providing clinicians with the highest quality diagnostic imaging studies. This article will examine the technologic development of DR detectors, discuss image processing applications and optimization parameters, as well as the benefits and clinical applications of DR. It will also provide an overview of the advantages and limitations of digital methods of X-ray detection and processing, how to identify appropriate radiation exposure levels, and other technical considerations in the orthopedic clinical environment. Utilizing prudent radiation safety techniques during DR imaging in an orthopedic outpatient setting, reviewing additional examinations performed in this specialty, and how to properly use the imaging equipment to maximize radiation safety for both patient and RT will also be discussed.
     

     

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

    • RESTATE the imaging parameters that make up a digital orthopedic radiographic suite including X-ray generators and automatic exposure control options.
    • IDENTIFY factors that are taken into consideration for both patient and operator safety in digital orthopedic radiographic suites.
    • SUMMARIZE techniques used to minimize patient radiation dose when performing digital orthopedic radiographic studies.
    • DIFFERENTIATE conventional versus virtual grids and their use in digital orthopedic radiographic studies.
    • EXPLAIN the role of technique charts and proper exposure practices in digital orthopedic radiographic studies.
    • RECALL current protocols in gonadal shielding in digital orthopedic radiographic studies.
    • RESTATE the uses of orthopedic spinal radiography in diagnosing, monitoring, and planning for imaging patients with scoliosis as well as how to reduce radiation dose.

     

    Categories: Digital Radiography, Radiation Safety/Protection

  • CE Information:

    In order to receive CE credit, you must first complete the activity content. When completed, go to the "Take CE Test!" link to access the post-test.

    Submit the completed answers to determine if you have passed the post-test assessment. You must answer 9 out of 12 questions correctly to receive CE credit. You will have no more than 3 attempts to successfully complete the post-test.

    Participants successfully completing the activity content and passing the post-test will receive 1.5 ARRT Category A credits.

    Approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists for ARRT Category A credit.

    Approved by the state of Florida for ARRT Category A credit.

    Texas direct credit.

    This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT does not allow CE activities such as Internet courses, home study programs, or directed readings to be repeated for CE credit in the same biennium.

  • Structured Education Credit Valuations:

    CategoryContent AreaCredits
    RadiographyImage Production0.5
    RadiographyProcedures0.25
    RadiographySafety0.75
    Radiologist AssistantSafety0.75

  • CQR Credit Valuations:

    CategorySubcategoryCredits
    RadiographyEquipment Operation and Quality Assurance0.25
    RadiographyHead, Spine and Pelvis Procedures0.25
    RadiographyImage Acquisition and Technical Evaluation0.25
    RadiographyRadation Protection 0.75
    Radiologist AssistantPatient Safety, Radiation Protection and Equipment Operation0.75


An Update on Imaging and Radiation Minimizing Techniques in Orthopedic Digital Radiology

George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)

*Medical Imaging Consultant, Germantown, NY

Address correspondence to: George Tsoukatos, BPS, RT(R)Radiology Support ServicesPO Box 215, Germantown, NY 12526. E-mail: radiologytechnique@gmail.com.

Disclosure Statement: The author reports having no significant financial or advisory relationships with corporate organizations related to this activity.

 ABSTRACT

The digital revolution has brought about many changes and has provided medical imaging professionals with better tools to help facilitate workflow changes in everyday clinical applications and specialties. As the use of radiography grew beyond the scope of the hospital setting, digital radiography (DR) began to be used in other areas such as orthopedics, pain management, and sports medicine. The implementation of DR systems in a dedicated digital orthopedic imaging suite was also part of this evolution. As advancements in this technology continued, the amount of time from completing the imaging study, to when the orthopedist viewed the images, was greatly reduced. Orthopedic radiologic technologists (ORTs) have also been able to improve patient outcomes by providing clinicians with the highest quality diagnostic imaging studies. This article will examine the technologic development of DR detectors, discuss image processing applications and optimization parameters, as well as the benefits and clinical applications of DR. It will also provide an overview of the advantages and limitations of digital methods of X-ray detection and processing, how to identify appropriate radiation exposure levels, and other technical considerations in the orthopedic clinical environment. Utilizing prudent radiation safety techniques during DR imaging in an orthopedic outpatient setting, reviewing additional examinations performed in this specialty, and how to properly use the imaging equipment to maximize radiation safety for both patient and RT will also be discussed.

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