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To meet the demands of practicing radiologic technologist and students in training, Blackwell introduces the latest volume of the Rad Tech's Guide Series. Rad Tech's Guide to Equipment Operation and Maintenance promises a clinically-relevant introductory review of radiographic imaging systems. This condensed handbook is both a concise review for board preparation exams, as well as handy reference guide for the busy rad tech.
This on the spot reference features:
*Content based on material found on the AART Entry to Practice Exam
*Easy to read text for quick referencing and smooth navigation
*Presents the most current and informative material on the technical aspects of radiographic equipment and total quality management
*Pocket size — take it anywhere!
1. X-Ray Imaging Systems for Diagnostic Radiology.
Imaging Systems Overview.
Main Components of an Imaging System.
Quality Management: An Overview.
Nature of Quality Control.
2. Radiographic Imaging Systems.
Major components of a Radiographic Imaging System.
Image Receptor: Film-Based Radiography.
Radiographic Image Quality.
3. X-Ray Generators.
Purpose of the X-Ray Generator.
X-Ray Generator Circuit.
Rectifiers and Rectification.
Types of X-Ray Generators.
Power Rating of an X-Ray Generator.
4. X-Ray Tubes for Diagnostic Radiology.
Production of X-Rays.
Components of X-Ray Tubes.
Metal-Ceramic Tube with Double Bearings.
X-Ray Tube Heat Capacity.
Preventing X-Ray Tube Failure: Practical Considerations.
5. Filtering the X-Ray Beam.
What is a Filter?.
Types of Filtration.
Effects of Filtration on X-Ray Tube Output.
Heavy Metal Filters.
Image Dose Dodging.
6. Exposure Timers for Radiographic Systems.
Location of the Timer Circuitry.
Main Function of the Timer.
Types of Exposure Timers.
Automatic Exposure Control.
Advantages of Automatic Exposure Control.
Quality Control for Exposure Timers.
Exposure Time and Radiation Protection.
7. Equipment for Controlling Scattered Radiation.
Origin of Scattered Radiation.
Factors Affecting the Amount of Scatter Production.
Sources of Scattered Radiation.
Improving Contrast: Antiscatter Techniques.
Antiscatter Grids: Design and Performance.
Scanning Slit Assemblies.
8. Fluoroscopic Imaging Systems.
Elements of a Fluoroscopic Examination.
Conventional Fluoroscopy: Equipment Components.
X-Ray Image Intensifier Tube.
Closed-Circuit X-Ray Television.
Automatic Brightness Control.
Recording the Fluoroscopic Image: Spot-Filming.
9. Mobile Imaging Systems.
Mini C-Arm Fluoroscopic Systems.
Equipment Maintenance: Continuous Quality Improvement.
Format of a QC Test.
Tools for QC Testing.
Parameters for QC Monitoring.
Acceptance Criteria-Tolerance Limits.
Basic QC Tests for Radiography.
Basic QC Tests for Conventional Tomography.
Basic QC Tests for Fluoroscopic Systems.
QC for X-Ray Film Processors.
Repeat Film Analysis.
Benefits of a CQI Program