Basic Radiographic Positioning-Labs

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2011
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00- 2:50, 3:00-4:50 PM

Wednesday/Friday 8:00-9:50, 10:00-11:50 AM

Jackie Miller (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Merrill's atlas of radiographic positioning/proced
This 3-volume set describes basic anatomy, positioning, and radiation safety procedures.

Course Objectives


 SCANS COMPETENCIES:  The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was established to determine skills that students need in order to succeed in the work environment.


Description of SCANS competencies as follows:

  1. Basic Skills
  2. Thinking Skills
  3. Personal Qualities
  4. Resources
  5. Interpersonal Skills
  6. Information
  7. Systems
  8. Technology

 Course Objectives:




Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:


Utilize radiographic terminology to properly communicate with other health care professionals regarding radiographic examinations in a laboratory setting.


Identify normal appendicularskeletal anatomy of the upper & lower extremities, shoulder girdle, and bony pelvis in a variety of formats such as drawings, radiographs, disarticulatedskeletal bones, etc.


Identify normal chest and abdomen anatomy in a variety of formats such as drawings, radiographs, models, etc.


Apply positioning techniques to obtain diagnostic radiographs of the structures located in the upper & lower extremities, shoulder girdle, bony pelvis, chest & abdominal cavities in a laboratory setting.


In a laboratory setting, simulate the radiographic procedures on a person and/or phantom, including full body phantoms.

2,3,4,5,6, 8

Given radiographs, evaluate them in terms of positioning, centering, and overall image quality.


Practice radiation safety in the laboratory setting.


Practice safe body mechanics in the laboratory setting.


Demonstrate proper communication with the patient in laboratory settings.


Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in the simulated laboratory setting.





Course Expectations







Lab quizzes


Unit Exams


Lab Final


Comprehensive Final


Grading Standards

A = 90-100

B = 80-89

C = 75-79

D = 70 - 74

F = less than 70

Submission Format Policy


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES: Assessment will be in the form of written exams, and performance exams. Unit examinations may contain multiple choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay, diagrams, identification of radiographic anatomy, or other testing methods. These exams will primarily cover material presented in the unit lectures and labs.  There will be 3 Unit Exams.  Beginning with Unit Exam 2, some questions related to previous Unit(s) materials will be incorporated into the exam.  This means that Unit Exams 2-3 will include material from previous units of study.  


Test times are identified in the agenda of the syllabus.  If a change is made from the testing schedule, the instructors will announce the change in the lecture class. In addition to lecture testing, you will have performance testing during the laboratory session. This testing will consist of performance evaluations by the instructors as well as peer review.  Please remember that you will not be able to make-up missed lab quizzes.  The score for a missed lab quiz will be a zero. 


Emergencies do occur and the student is expected to call the instructor at their earliest convenience with the situation being addressed according to individual basis. If previous arrangements have not been made, the grade will be zero for that test. 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



The student has a responsibility to attend all lecture / labs at the designated time of that class or lab. If a student does not, they will be classified as absent. The following criteria of those classifications are solely those of the instructors of this lecture and lab.


Defined Tardiness (Lecture/Lab)


Any student that arrives to lecture/lab 5 minutes after the starting time designated in the university catalogue of lecture/lab will be considered tardy. If the student arrives tardy a total of two (2) times, the student will be penalized in the form of one (1) unexcused absence. There will be no exceptions to this policy.


Defined Absence (Lecture/Lab)


A student will have ten (10) minutes after the designated starting time to be present in lecture/lab. If the student is not present at that time, he/she will be considered absent. The student will be marked as having an unexcused absence from lecture/lab. Three (3) unexcused absences will result in failure of the course and possible dismissal from the program.


A student will be considered as having an excused absence from lecture/lab if the following criteria have been established:


Death of an immediate family member.An immediate family member is considered to be a grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, in-law, aunt, uncle, or child.


Summons to appear in court or jury duty.  A copy of the summons is required.


Call to military service. A copy of your orders to report is required.


University sponsored event.  Members of athletic teams, college bowl participants, etc. will be excused with proper notification.


Debilitating Illness/Disability or Other Circumstance.  Will be addressed on an individual basis.


If a student is affected by an illness that is not debilitating (i.e. flu, viral infection) which may result in the student missing one or more consecutive  lecture/lab sessions, that student will be marked as unexcused for the amount of days missed unless a doctor’s note is provided.   A doctor’s note must have a statement to the affect that you were seen in the office, and/or you are cleared to return to classes.  It does not have to state what you were seen for. There will be no exceptions to this policy.   


Personal Appointments

Students must refrain from making appointments that will take them out of lecture/lab. Routine doctor or dentist visits are an example of this.  If you leave lecture/lab early because of an appointment, or for any other reason, the occurrence will be treated with the same regard as an unexcused absence. However, unexpected events do occur and will be addressed on an individual basis. 

Other Policies




MSUStudent Honor Creed:

“As an MSUStudent, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”


Honesty is a necessary trait in all health-care professionals.  It is assumed that all students practice honest and ethical behavior.  Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this lecture and may result in failure and suspension or dismissal from this course and from the program. Cases will be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university. 


PLEASE NOTE:  By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes




Students should practice professional behavior in the classroom and laboratory equal to what is expected in the work force. Failure to fulfill this expectation will result in the student being expelled from the classroom and/or laboratory. 


Cell Phone or other Electronic Devices


Cell phones are not permitted during lecture/lab sessions.  Students are required to turn off cell phones and store them in their backpacks or purses.  If students are caught with cell phones (rings during lecture/lab, falls out of pocket during lecture/lab, texting during lecture/lab), they will be asked to leave, which will result in an unexcused absence for that time.  NOTE: If it is absolutely necessary for a student to leave his/her phone on, the instructors must be made aware of the situation, and circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. 


Lecture/Lab Testing:


If students are caught with cell phones during lecture/lab testing, they will be asked to leave, receive a zero for the test, and will be subject to possible dismissal from the radiologic sciences program.  Students will also be subject to the disciplinary process of the University.


Special Needs:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.


The director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.




You will not be able to make up the comprehensive final for the lab or lecture so please do not schedule travel until after the end of finals week.  

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at