RATEC 105 Introduction to Radiographic Technique • 3 Cr.


Introduces concepts of electromagnetic radiation necessary to understanding the production and control of x-radiation. Students learn how the radiographic image is created and what factors affect the appearance of that image. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe atomic structure, characteristics of x radiation, and the interactions of x-rays with matter.
  • Explain the method of acquiring images for various image receptors.
  • Evaluate images for quality factors.
  • Develop an appreciation for acceptable range of technical factors.
  • Discuss the effect of technical factors on the x-ray beam and the image.
  • Ddentify and discuss the roles of filtration, grids, and patient condition that affect the quality of a radiographic image.