About this Seminar
Most digital radiography seminars discuss how the equipment works
and the physics behind it. This seminar is designed to give
technologists practical knowledge to help them use their CR and DR
equipment. With over 250 images the presentation will
feel like a "hands-on" workshop.
This seminar will confront
the universal problems and concerns with digital radiography. You
will learn why you should be using 15-20 kVp higher and one third
the mAs required for film/screen. Little training exists to provide
an understanding of the use of magnification modes and
the Dose Exposure Index (DEI) number. These will be discussed
throughout the seminar.
Using film/screen, radiographers once worried about a film being too
dark or light, now they need to be concerned about acceptable
quantum mottle and over radiating patients. This will lead to a
better understanding of how to utilized this new technology to
improve the art of radiography and science.
At the completion of this seminar,
attendees will be able to:
- Select appropriate technical factors to optimize image acquisition, consistent with ALARA.
- Describe at least three different ways to critique a digital image.
- Discuss the concept of acceptable mottle.
- Identify what is needed to change the technique chart for digital systems.
- Describe why a Ferlic Filter is beneficial on a cross table lateral hip view.
- Explain how to set up a tube at the proper angle for a portable chest.
- Explain the newest information concerning lead shielding.
- Explain the legal implications of not marking images, post processing collimation and changing algorithms.
- Review the goals of the Image Gently/Image Wisely campaign initiatives.
Locations & Dates
Who Should Attend
- Radiologic Technologists
- Medical Imaging Specialists
- Vendor Personnel
About the Instructor
Dennis Bowman, RT(R)
Dennis talks about this seminar
Dennis has been an active radiologic technologist for over 30
years. He has been employed as a Staff Technologist at the
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey,
California since 1990. He has also been the Clinical
Instructor for the Cabrillo College Radiology Program since
1991. With a digital dosimeter and a vast array of body
phantoms, Dennis has put in hundreds of hours researching,
studying and putting into practice, digital techniques. In
addition to the weekly classes he gives his students, Dennis
has traveled nationwide lecturing on how best to use and
critique digital radiography. As a "shooting tech", Dennis
fully understands all the problems techs encounter and is able
to help them solve those problems with humor. He is
experienced, knowledgeable and brings an enthusiastic teaching
style you will enjoy.
Visit Dennis on his website
Digital Radiography Solutions.com
This program provides 8 hours of Category A continuing
for radiologic technologists recognized by
the ARRT and various licensure states. ASRT Category A credit is also
recognized by CAMRT’s Continuing Education Credit Approval Program for CE credit
in Canada. A certificate of attendance will be provided for each individual upon
completion of the seminar.
Registration and Coffee
How to Approach Digital Radiography
- Digital paradigm?
- CR and DR - variable kV's
- Optimal kV's
- Universal CR technique charts
- DR detectors
- CR, DR and film - the differences
- Exposure and deviation indexes - old and new
- Corrupted Exposure Index (El) numbers
- Monitor dimensions
Informal Discussion and Break
Essentials of Digital Radiography
- Wha grid cut-off looks like now
- Optimum kV and what mAs does now
- Critiquing a digital image
- Automatic rescaling
- Technique/dose creep
- mAs = dose with Duke chest phantom
Reviving the Skills of Techniques and the AEC
- AEC (Phototimer) technique game
- Proper use the AEC
- Transforming techniques
- 15% and 7 1/2% rule
Lunch - (on your own)
Real World Adaptive Radiography
- Double ping pong ball experiment
- Waters AP
- Anterior ribs
- Chest anatomy images - PA vs. Lateral
- Chest Images - inspiration vs expiration
Informal Discussion & Break
- Ferlic Filer Company
- Level and windowing at the workstation
- PA chest x-ray shielding - front or back
- Off focus radiation
- AP chest x-ray - dose and scatter
- Naturally occuring background radiation
- Mid body dose
- Digital (mobile) portables
Mastering Digital Radiography
- Legal controversies
- How to develop your own technique chart
- How can there be a universal technique chart?
- How the vendor set up your system
- Changing your El range
- Universal technique charts for CR
- Decrease radiation dose - 15% Rule with mAs
- How low can you go?
- Universal technique charts for DR
- CR and DR techniques - differences
- Golden age of imaging
- Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns
All prices for dates in the US are in US dollars.
All prices for dates in Canada are in Canadian dollars.
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