St. Petersburg College


Un-Approved Course Outline


RTE 2576               Basic MRI II          2 Cr. Hrs.


A Course Description:


Prerequisite: RTE 2575 or Passed MR registry, or MD, DO, or DC degree.


This course is offered to Radiographers and Physicians who meet the above prerequisites. Others may take the course if approved by the instructor and the Director of Radiography.  This course is designed to facilitate the development of highly specialized knowledge in  Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Specific content areas to be studied include MRI safety, advanced imaging techniques, the use of contrast agents, and imaging protocols for various body parts.


B. Major Learning Outcomes:


The student will demonstrate knowledge of:


MRI screening procedures, MRI room safety, sedation protocols, patient monitoring, patient positioning, use of MR contrast agents, and anatomy and physiology of various body parts.


C. Course Objectives stated in Performance Terms:


The student will demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of the following in various situations


1. Screening patients—claustrophobia, metal, obesity, movement

2. MR room safety—equipment, metal objects, visitors, shielding

3. Sedation—pediatric patients, adults, claustrophobia, pain relief, music, movies

4. Monitoring—Oxygen saturation, heart rate, patient microphone, patient contact

5. Positioning—good and bad positioning, centering the patient, symmetry, rotation

6. MR contrast agents—air, water, gadolinium, iron

7. Anatomy and Physiology—brain, internal auditory canals, pituitary, orbits, neck, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, sacrum, TMJ, hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, brachial plexus, hip, knee, ankle, foot, heart, pleura, lung, breasts, liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas, biliary system, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testes, MRA carotids/vertebrals, MRA aorta, MRA brain, MRA legs, MRV

8. Advanced MRI techniques—MR angiography, MR myelography, MRCP, diffusion, perfusion, kinematic, cinematic, multiple coils


D: Criteria Performance Standard:


Weekly quizzes (20-40%), Midterm examination (30-40%), Final examination (30-40%), Class project (10-20%).  Grades will be curved, and 75% will be a passing grade after the curve.