The TUFFEST STUFF CT Registry Exam Review - LIVE WORKSHOP (October 17, 18, 24, 25)

Course Format: Online Video
Course Credit Type: CE
Course Credit: 16.00
Course Category: *Imaging, Webinar
Course Cost: $429.99 | Included in All-Access Pass
Mobile Friendly: Yes
Course Release Date: June 06, 2018
Course Expiration Date: May 18, 2020
Program Summary:

The Tuffest Stuff CT Registry Review is an ONLINE, LIVE webinar course composed by Mike Enriquez to prepare students for the information that will be covered in the CT Registry Exam. The Tuffest Stuff CT Registry Review is split into 4 live webinar sections, each with their own post-test and review materials. Each live webinar section is approved for 4 category A CE credits for a presentation total of 16 category A CE credits. COURSE PARTICIPANTS ARE strongly encouraged to download the presentation slides as provided in order to maximize their learning experience. Participants are also required to pass each respective Section CE examination with a minimum percentage of 75% in order to be awarded CE credit. Each participant is allowed 3 opportunities to pass each Section CE examination. Participants who fail to achieve 75% on their 3rd attempt will be afforded the opportunity to repeat the appropriate section(s) of the course at a reduced rate.

Part 1: October 17 (2 - 6pm CDT)


The session begins with a thorough description of the major components of the CT Imaging Chain and their functions. How and why it is that CT images are superior to plain film images is discussed in depth. Important details included in the discussion are the definition of contrast resolution and the production of scatter radiation, radiation types and radiation characteristics, types of data relative to the CT imaging process, and, appropriate 3D imaging processing and CT data acquisition are detailed. Also, details regarding the processing of data in the CT imaging process are discussed including matrix characteristics, CT image characteristics and the presence of artifacts which are defined and described in the process of data acquisition.

Part 2: October 18 (2 - 6pm CDT)


In the Introduction to Reconstruction section the 6 steps of Reconstruction are enumerated & discussed. This discussion is followed by discussion of the 4 types of Data Acquisition Methodologies that include Axial, Helical, Scanography or Topography and Dynamic Scanning. Defining Image Quality is a discussion that introduces the CT operator controlled Performance Parameters and Influencing Factors and concludes with discussion that includes the definition and influencing factors for Spatial, Contrast & Temporal Resolution. Important CT artifacts are discussed and demonstrated. The Patient Care & Safety section begins with a relevant discussion concerning the importance of obtaining an accurate and inclusive Clinical History and differentiating Symptoms & Signs. A thorough discussion of factors important to achieve accuracy with Patient Review including history symptoms by physiologic system is included. Those questions important prior to contrast administration are also included. The discussion concludes with a definition of positive & negative contrast media, the categorization of contrast media according to ionicity and the introduction of important contrast terms such as osmosis, osmolarity and clearance.

Part 3: October 24 (2 - 6pm CDT)


The discussion begins with the details of injection techniques to include terminology, equipment, bolus vs. drip infusion, mechanical injector vs hand injection techniques and injector types. The equipment discussion includes appropriate device details regarding central venous access devices, pharmacokinetic factors & equipment factors. Acute and chronic problems are detailed and discussed.The discussion on CT imaging procedures covers neurologic, thoracic, musculoskeletal, abdomen & pelvis in an organized fashion that includes basic pathologies. Basic structural and vascular anatomy is discussed and visually depicted for each body section covered.

Part 4: October 25 (2 - 6pm CDT)


The normal anatomy and physiology of the heart are the primary discussion topics in the Cardiac Fundamentals presentation and they are covered at an appropriate level for RT’s. Coronary artery disease, calcium scoring, pulmonary embolism, cardiac tamponade, and valvular disease etiologies are included in the discussion. The discussion concludes with an explanation of the electrocardiogram as it relates to prospective and retrospective cardiac gating. The discussion on PITCH covers the definition of PITCH, the factors that determine PITCH and the impact of PITCH changes on patient dose, image quality and anatomy covered. An important part of the discussion includes the mathematics of PITCH for single and multiple detector systems. The discussion proceeds to Radiation Protection as it applies to CT with comparisons from doses received for individual procedures and different age patients including fetal, pediatric and geriatric. The definitions of radiation, ionizing radiation, the electromagnetic spectrum and the wave equation begin the presentation. A robust discussion continues with the sharing of radiation quantity units and their comparison. Finally, those factors controllable by the operator that cause dose are discussed at length along with practical methodologies to reduce or minimize radiation dose during CT procedures.

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