Medical Imaging Basics (RAD, RF, CT, CV), Plain & Simple
What you'll learn
- The physics and dangers of xrays
- The design and clinical application of Radiographic & Fluoroscopic systems
- Why and how medical images are processed
- The design and clinical application of Cardiovascular Systems
- The design and application of Computed Tomography (CT) systems
- There are no course requirements or prerequisites. This course in a foundation course.
Note: This course was recently updated (Dec 2022)
WHY IS THIS COURSE IMPORTANT?
Medical imaging systems form an important foundation for diagnosing and treating illnesses in the healthcare environment. These devices are producing an ever-increasing amount of image data which needs to be stored, transmitted and analyzed. Understanding the fundamentals of how these images are produced is critical to the successful design of the many network-based information systems and clouds that attach to these devices.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS COURSE?
In this course you will learn the fundamentals of Xray production. You will get to see an actual Xray tube and examine its various parts. You will also learn about the dangers of xrays and how to protect ourselves when around radiation sources. You will see the many different systems that use Xrays (Computed and Digital Radiography, Fluoroscopy, Surgery, Cardiovascular and Computed Tomography) and how they are used in clinical applications. These systems produce a huge volume of images which need to be transmitted, archived and viewed on our Healthcare Information systems. You will learn about the impact of that on our healthcare networks and systems. The topics covered in this "Medical Imaging" course are:
XRAY Imaging Technology
Physics of Xrays
Radiography & Fluoroscopy Systems
Screen Film Systems
Computed Radiography (CR) & Digital Radiography (DR)
Surgical "C" Arms
Digitizing the Image
Image Resolution, Compression and Filtering
Cardio Vascular Systems
Mono and Bi-Plane Systems
WHO IS THE IDEAL STUDENT FOR THIS COURSE?
You will learn a lot from this course if you are
Thinking about choosing healthcare as a career
Looking to advance your career in healthcare
Looking to expand your knowledge of healthcare to better perform your current job and better understand how it fits into the ecosystem of patient care and better serve those in need
Curious about everything and want to learn more about healthcare just for the sake of expanding your knowledge base.
WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
My teaching style is a very pragmatic one. I assume you know nothing about this topic and start with the foundation and build from there. Some of these concepts could be challenging, so I sprinkle in as many examples as I can, both non healthcare and healthcare, to assure full understanding of the topic. This is why I have appended "Plain and Simple" to all my courses.
WHY ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO TEACH THIS COURSE?
I spent 35 years in the designing and launching of medical imaging products and services. My career evolved from leading engineering teams, to becoming VP Marketing and then to president of a Healthcare IT firm. It is also based on 15 years of university teaching.
Who this course is for:
- Those currently in a healthcare position, wanting to learn more about Information Systems and the role they play in healthcare.
- Those considering a career change and wanting to learn more about Healthcare Information systems.
- Those entering the healthcare industry and considering a career in Healthcare Information Systems
- The eternally curious
Tom Giordano is a 28 year veteran of Philips Healthcare. He retired in 2005 as Vice President of Marketing, where he was responsible for 240 marketing professionals and several billion dollars in product. Through his career, Tom held a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at Philips, starting in engineering, progressing to product management, then marketing management and finally senior level business leadership. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award from Philips for forming a new entrepreneurial business unit that tripled sales in 18 months. Tom played a key role as a course developer and instructor in the management development and executive training efforts with the Philips High Potential Development Center.
Following his retirement from Philips, Tom joined the adjunct faculty of the graduate business schools of the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently holds a positiion as "Executive in Residence" at the University of New Haven and continues to teach there with exceptionally high student reviews.
In 2009, while teaching at UW and UNH, he became President of Sectra Healthcare North America for 2 years to lead a very successful turnaround effort.
Tom built a very successful internship program between Philips and the University of Washington and served as a mentor there for 15 years. He also served as a mentor in the University of Washington mentor program and was featured in the book "Mentoring Moments" by Susan Canfield.
Tom serves as chairman of the Patient Advisory Council of Saint Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT
Tom holds executive coaching certifications with both Lore International and Tilt 360. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a MS degree in Engineering from the University of Florida.